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7:16 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Flags ordered at half staff in honor of Pearl Harbor anniversary

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has ordered all flags in Rhode Island lowered to half staff Tuesday in honor of Pearl Harbor Day.

It's been 69 years since the Japanese made a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing some 2,400 people. Major General Robert Bray, commanding general of the Rhode Island National Guard, says residents owe it to veterans to remember Pearl Harbor.

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RIPR News
7:12 am
Tue December 7, 2010

A conversation with David Sedaris

Politics
6:52 am
Tue December 7, 2010

Supreme Court to hear climate suit brought by RI, other states

The U.S. Supreme Court is pictured here. Photo by Kyle Rush via Flickr Creative Commons.

WASHINGTON – In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by Rhode Island and other states to force cuts in power plant emissions.

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4:28 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Whitehouse touts tax credits for small businesses

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is getting the word out to small businesses about federal tax credits, some that expire soon. One credit gives small businesses a break if they're paying for more than half of health insurance for some employees.

Whitehouse said more than 80 percent of small businesses qualify for this tax credit but many of them don't know about it.

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RIPR News
12:05 pm
Mon December 6, 2010

Newly elected lawmakers head to orientation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – More than two dozen newly elected state lawmakers in Rhode Island head back to school this week.

The 29 freshmen legislators are scheduled to attend an all-day orientation at the Statehouse on Wednesday to acquaint themselves with the ins and outs of Smith Hill.

There are 22 new House members and seven new senators.

They'll hear presentations from various legislative offices and will also hear from a representative of the state ethics commission.

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Economy
11:37 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Gas prices up for fifth straight week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have climbed for the fifth straight week to an average $3.06 per gallon for regular unleaded.


AAA Southern new England says in its weekly survey released Monday that the price of a gallon of gas rose two cents from last week.


Since this time last year, prices have risen 39 cents a gallon, up nearly 15 percent.


AAA says prices in Rhode Island are 11 cents above the national average of $2.95 per gallon.

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Economy
9:11 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Rail service rolls into Warwick

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Years of planning and construction will become reality today with the start of commuter rail service from Warwick to Providence and on to Boston.

Rhode Island's two United States senators will join Governor Carcieri in a special train ride from Providence to Warwick this morning. When the train pulls up to the new intermodal facility at T.F. Green Airport the Pilgrim High School marching band will be playing.

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Morning News Podcast
7:33 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

Monday, December 6, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, December 6, 2010.

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RIPR News
7:17 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Lessons from Roger Williams

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Every Rhode Island school child recognizes Roger Williams as the father of our state. As the story goes, Williams, a Baptist preacher, was chased from the theocracy of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. He landed in Providence in 1636, where he set up a government that favored no religion and provided no religious test for holding any public office.

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Economy
7:00 am
Mon December 6, 2010

Pawtucket River Bridge construction prompts road closures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Remember all the detours caused by the Iway project? Well, something similar is about to start in Pawtucket.


A portion of Taft Street will be closed today in Pawtucket, the first of many road closures prompted by the replacement of the Pawtucket River Bridge. This section of road will remain closed for approximately three years.

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