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2:42 pm
Fri September 24, 2010

RI Free Clinic gets $100K grant

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Free Clinic is set to receive nearly $100,000 in federal grant money.

CEO Marie Ghazal says the funds will allow the clinic to take on 300 new patients.

The funds will go to "infrastructure support for us to provide the medical assistant care, nursing care, pharmacy, all of the other infrastructure clinic needs that we need to see the patients," Ghazal says.

She adds that the clinic has not been able to meet demand for free medical care, and has to see patients on a lottery basis.

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Political Roundtable
11:57 am
Fri September 24, 2010

Rogers drops out and more on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Republican Heidi Rogers' withdrawal from the race for lieutenant governor. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.

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Economy
11:05 am
Fri September 24, 2010

38 Studios signs lease in Providence

One Empire Plaza has been selected as the future home of 38 Studios. Photo by Simone Landon.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Curt Schilling's video game company, 38 studios, says it has signed a lease to move its headquarters to Empire Street in downtown Providence. The company is currently based in Maynard, Mass.

Governor Don Carcieri hails 38 studios' decision to move to one empire plaza. He says the state's investment in 38 studios will create 450 high-paying jobs, and attract other interactive and entertainment companies to Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
4:10 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Chafee slams Caprio for employee re-hire

Gubernatorial candidates Lincoln Chafee and Frank Caprio

Providence, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate and State Treasurer Frank Caprio is defending his re-hiring of a woman who was described as a quote "reign of terror" by an arbitrator.

The woman in question is Marion Solomon, niece of former State Treasurer Anthony Solomon. She was fired in 2005 for using foul and derogatory language to her co-workers. Caprio re-hired her when he took office in 2007.

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Morning News Podcast
2:19 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, September 23, 2010.

RIPR News
2:03 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Laser pointing near airports a growing problem

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Warwick man who allegedly pointed a high-powered laser beam at a plane landing at T.F. Green Airport now faces federal charges.

Joseph Aquino has been indicted on charges that he interfered with the safe operation of an aircraft and endangering its passengers and crew.

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Top Stories
8:16 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Here in "Rogue Island"

RIPR News
6:32 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Several health care changes go into effect

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Most Rhode Islanders will get their first taste of federal health reform today. It's the law's 6 month anniversary and the start date for health insurance plans to offer preventative health care services- such as vaccines and mammograms for free.

Children may also stay on their parent's health insurance plans until they turn 26. But Rhode Island's health insurance commissioner Chris Koller warns that these changes don't take place until consumers renew their health plans or buy new ones.

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Economy
6:19 am
Thu September 23, 2010

Stokes won't weigh in on his future at the EDC

WRNI file photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The head of the state Economic Development Corporation won't say whether he hopes to stay in the job when the next governor takes office.

The EDC has remained in the spotlight because of a controversial $75 million state loan guarantee for video game maker 38 studios. EDC head Keith Stokes took his job on a one-year basis last January. He says he hasn't given much thought to whether he'll stay on in the next administration.

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RIPR News
12:56 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

Jamestown has options for wind turbine

Providence, R.I. – The Federal Aviation Administration says the town of Jamestown has a few options if it still wants to put up a wind turbine.

The FAA has sent Jamestown officials a notice that the wind turbine proposed for Taylor Point is too tall and would interfere with air traffic at Quonset Point.

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