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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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Morning News Podcast
12:14 pm
Wed September 22, 2010

Wednesday, September 21, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, September 21, 2010.

Local Features
6:50 am
Wed September 22, 2010

Remembering preservationist Steve Tyson

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When it comes to historic preservation in Rhode Island, the late Steve Tyson is considered a local legend. His resume includes renovations to Slater Mill in Pawtucket, The First Baptist Church in Providence and the carousel at Roger Williams Park. Now, a new documentary, titled "Old House Soul," chronicles Tyson's story in his own words. WRNI Morning Edition Host Bob Seay spoke to the film's creators about their work.

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Local Features
6:35 am
Wed September 22, 2010

Remembering preservationist Steve Tyson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When it comes to historic preservation in Rhode Island, the late Steve Tyson is considered a local legend. His resume includes renovations to Slater Mill in Pawtucket, The First Baptist Church in Providence and the carousel at Roger Williams Park. Now, a new documentary, titled "Old House Soul," chronicles Tyson's story in his own words. WRNI Morning Edition Host Bob Seay spoke to the film's creators about their work.

-SEE BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS OF TYSON'S WORK

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RIPR News
3:34 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Central Falls firefighters make concessions

Providence, R.I. – Central Falls firefighters have agreed to make some contract concessions to help the cash-strapped city.


The state appointed receiver who is managing Central Falls has reached an agreement with the city's firefighters that will save $289,000 in this fiscal year.

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RIPR News
3:11 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

Owners want to open pub next to their funeral home

Providence, R.I. – The owners of a funeral home in the Wayland Square neighborhood of Providence want to build an Irish pub next door.


Mark Russell co-owns the Monahan Drabble Sherman Funeral Home with his brother Robert. They have some extra property, he says, they wanted to put to use.

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RIPR News
2:04 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

RI receives more money to deal with aftermath of flood

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Six months after days of heavy rain flooded the Pawtuxet River, Senator Jack Reed stood near its banks to announce another infusion of federal cash to deal with the aftermath.

"We're announcing 13 million dollars in assistance for the state of Rhode Island," Reeds said.

The money, which comes in the form of a Community Development Block grant can be used for anything flood related. Warwick Mayor Scott Avedesian says some of the money will be spent buying damaged homes.

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Top Stories
1:55 pm
Tue September 21, 2010

RISD to reopen galleries this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The RISD Museum in Providence is preparing to reopen some galleries that have been closed for the last year for renovations.

The ancient, medieval and early Renaissance galleries are due to reopen to the public on Friday. Renovations include restoration of door moldings, wood flooring and changes to way artifacts are displayed. Curator of ancient art, Gina Boromeo, says it's a major improvement.

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