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6:48 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Quilt commemorates fallen soldiers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A very special quilt is on display this week at the Statehouse. It's called the Lost Heroes Quilt.

It's a five by fifteen foot tapestry commemorating the men and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each state is represented by a single serviceperson.

For Rhode Island, it's Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Serio who died in Iraq
in 2004 at the age of 21 during his second tour of duty.

His mother, Sharon Serio says he died doing what he wanted to do.

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RIPR News
6:48 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Providence officer gets 40 years for rape

Providence, RI – A Providence police officer convicted of raping a woman at a police substation has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Marcus Huffman was found guilty last spring of picking up the woman outside a Providence nightclub and driving her to the substation where he sexually assaulted her.

Huffman was among the officers who showed up to take the victim's report.

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RIPR News
6:47 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Report links floods to global warming

Providence, RI – A report by Environment Rhode Island links the March flood to a new trend in extreme weather.

A conference held Wednesday brought together U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedesian with scientists from Brown University and Environment Rhode Island to discuss the danger that Rhode Island faces from global warming.

Whitehouse told the group that Rhode Island can't afford to wait years for change to occur.

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RIPR News
6:47 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Officials take legal action over alleged corruption at landfill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The corporation that owns Rhode Island's main landfill has accused a Warwick developer of a ``$20 million blunder'' by constructing a tipping facility that was unnecessary and is now scheduled for demolition.

The suit by the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation says the tipping station, designed and managed by Ahlborg Construction Corporation was an example of gross mismanagement and fraud.

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Region
1:50 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Labor officials remember deadly 1934 strike

Bullet holes still mark a tombstone at Moshassuck Cemetery in Central Falls, where four workers were killed during a 1934 clash with National Guardsmen. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – About 150 people marked Labor Day on Monday by remembering four men killed during a 1934 strike in Central Falls.

Event organizers say national guardsmen shot the four men dead as they sought cover in Central Falls' Moshassuck Cemetery. Rhode Island AFL-CIO President George Nee says it's easy to forget how that kind of bloodshed brought about working conditions that many now take for granted.

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Economy
1:48 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Gas prices drop in RI for fourth straight week

WRNI file photo by James Wyman.

Providence, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have dropped for the fourth straight week.

AAA Southern New England says in its weekly survey that prices have now fallen by a dime over the last month.

Self-serve regular unleaded is now averaging $2.65 per gallon, or a penny less than last week. That's also three cents below the national average. The average price at the same time last year in Rhode Island was $2.67.

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RIPR News
12:30 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

URI receives $20-million grant

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – URI has received a $20 million federal grant to upgrade research laboratories - the largest single grant in the school's history.

URI Vice President for Research Peter Alphonso says the money will help colleges and universities around the state recruit scientists at the cutting edge of their fields.

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RIPR News
12:15 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Mass. woman stung 500 times by yellow jackets

Providence, R.I. – Fire officials in Attleboro say a woman was stung more than 500 times after disturbing a yellow jackets' nest on her property.

Capt. Tim Birch says firefighters responding to the woman's home on Sunday used a carbon dioxide chemical fire extinguisher in an attempt to blast the swarm of insects away, but it wasn't enough, and three firefighters were treated for stings.

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RIPR News
9:33 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Lombardi makes his pitch for mayor of Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All this week WRNI will run a series of profiles of the five candidates running for mayor of Providence. Democrat John Lombardi once briefly held that job, and he's pursuing it again.

The 58-year-old Lombardi lives on Federal Hill. He's a lawyer and 26-year city councilor who calls for reducing the city's high dropout rate through expanded early childhood education. He also backs more efforts to help small business, in part through a revised city loan program.

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Morning News Podcast
9:01 am
Tue September 7, 2010

Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2010.

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