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2:31 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Winter storm smacks RI

Two men shovel a sidewalk in Providence on Monday morning. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island has begun to dig out of the first major storm of the season, which brought more than 12 inches of snow to some areas of the state since the storm began yesterday.

National Weather Service meteorologist Neil Strauss says the intensity of the snow will taper off Monday afternoon but winds up to 45 miles per hour will continue.

"So we will notice an improvement in conditions with just a little maybe light snow showers or flurries into the afternoon hours," Strauss says.

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1:42 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

COMMENTARY: RI's roadblock to econominc recovery

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's business and political leaders constantly focus on the state's high taxes as a roadblock to economic development. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says our state has an even bigger barrier to creating good jobs.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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12:16 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

One way to shape up in the New Year

Providence, RI – Rhode Islanders who hope to lose weight and exercise more in the New Year can start planning now.

Shape Up RI- the non-profit organization that organizes work out teams and wellness events across the state- has already released its 2011 calendar of events.

Teams compete against each other for the most weight loss, fruit and vegetable tracking, exercise minutes, or pedometer steps.

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12:12 pm
Mon December 27, 2010

Rhode Island: 1 of 10 worst places to retire

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three New England states, including Rhode Island, are on a retirement website's top ten worst places to retire.

TopRetirements.com says states made the list based on their fiscal health, tax rates and weather conditions. Rhode Island, Massachusetts and Connecticut all made the list.

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11:00 am
Mon December 27, 2010

A good place to make a living

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's business and political leaders constantly focus on the state's high taxes as a roadblock to economic development. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that our state has an even bigger barrier to creating good jobs.

University of Rhode Island economics professor Len Lardaro knows he doesn't make any friends with his brutally frank assessment of our state's work force. He says, ``The most glaring deficiency holding Rhode Island back is the lack of skills in the labor force.''

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Morning News Podcast
10:20 am
Mon December 27, 2010

Monday, December 27, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, December 27, 2010.

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2:39 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

A conversation with Len Cabral

Providence, RI – Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Len Cabral in our studios earlier this week to learn more about his plans for the Black Rep's former building. She started out by asking Cabral about his past contributions to the Providence arts scene.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Arts & Culture
2:29 pm
Thu December 23, 2010

Web extra: extended Don King interview

Providence, RI – Listen to a much longer conversation with Don King, former artistic director of the Black Repertory Company.

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8:21 am
Thu December 23, 2010

A few words from Patrick Lynch

Providence, RI – In a recent interview Lynch says he's proud of his accomplishments, which include overseeing the Station nightclub fire prosecutions and the lawsuit against former lead paint companies.

One thing he wishes had gone differently was the state Supreme Court's ruling to reverse a lower court's verdict and not take action against former lead paint companies.

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2:34 pm
Wed December 22, 2010

The end of the Black Rep

Providence, RI – After years of hosting theatrical productions, Afro-sonic dance parties, and a lively music festival in the streets of Providence, the story of the Black Repertory Company ended with the sound of an auctioneer selling off everything in the building.

Folding tables stacked with mixing boards, theatre lights, woven baskets, and even a rolled up piece of snake skin take over the performance space. Nick Bauta surveys the scene as he sits on a stairway leading up to the balcony.

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