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8:17 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Opposition grows against plans for education dollars

Providence, R.I. – A growing number of Rhode Island politicians are calling for Governor Don Carcieri not to use federal school funding to balance the state budget.

Opposition has been swift and vocal to a plan to re-direct roughly $33 million from public schools to help plug a hole in the state Medicaid budget. Congress approved the funding to save and create teacher jobs. Governor Carcieri says the state needs to balance its budget.

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5:11 am
Thu September 2, 2010

Tropical storm watch issued ahead of Earl

Providence, R.I. – The National Weather Service is warning Rhode Island residents to prepare for winds strong enough to uproot trees, storm surges of up to two feet, high surf and dangerous rip currents when Hurricane Earl sweeps by the coast.

The agency has issued a tropical storm watch for Block Island, Bristol, Eastern Kent, Kent, New London, Newport, Providence, Southeast Providence and Washington.

It says winds of between 39 mph to 73 mph are possible Friday into Saturday morning across the coast, including Block Island.

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RIPR News
5:51 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

Segal & Cicilline wrangle over pledge

Providence, R.I. – Democratic 1st Congressional District candidates David Cicilline acknowledges that he did not sign a campaign finance pledge circulated by MoveOn.

During a televised debate Tuesday sponsored by WRNI, ABC6 and the League of Women Voters, 1st Congressional District candidate David Cicilline said he has signed a pledge circulated by the activist group MoveOn in support of the Fair Elections Now Act. The act is meant to reduce the influence of money in politics.

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RIPR News
3:50 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

R.I. tops northeast in late car payments

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island leads the northeast in the number of residents delinquent on their car payments.


That's according to TransUnion, a group that tracks consumer spending. It found Rhode Island ranked 7th in the nation for the number of car owners more than 60-days late with a payment.


Trans Uninion's Vice-President of Automotive Finance, Pete Turek says one factor is Rhode Island's size, the other is its high unemployment rate.

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RIPR News
11:52 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Democrats debate in 1st Congressional District race

The Democratic candidates in the 1st Congressional District race are pictured here. Photo courtesy of ABC6.

Providence, R.I. – The four Democrats running for the First Congressional District all said that they support bringing the troops home from Afghanistan.

They made the comments during Tuesday night's League of Women Voter's debate. David Segal said he would vote against any future funding of the war, while David Cicilline said it's in the country's long-term interest to have a smaller footprint in Afghanistan.

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RIPR News
11:32 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Gist concerned about teacher funding

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says she is concerned about a plan to use $33 million in federal teacher jobs money to plug the state budget deficit.


Gist says Congress intended that money to help school districts.


"This was federal aid that the president and the secretary of education sent to our state for education, and so I'm strongly advocating that the funds be used for that purpose."

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Morning News Podcast
11:15 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

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8:20 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Governor urges residents to prepare for Earl

Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri is urging residents to be as prepared as possible as Hurricane Earl makes its way toward the eastern coastline.

Carcieri says state officials will have a better sense Thursday morning whether to close schools, evacuate along the coast and open up shelters.

There are about 100 National Guard soldiers on alert and FEMA has deployed 50 people to Rhode Island ahead of the storm.

Residents in coastal and low lying areas definitely need to prepare, says Carcieri.

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7:47 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Back to school in Central Falls

Providence, R.I. – Classes start today at Central Falls High School, which made national headlines earlier this year over a plan to fire the entire faculty.

School officials reached a deal with teachers to avoid the firings, but state education leaders are still demanding major changes at the long-troubled high school.

WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison reports on the plan to fix Central Falls High School - without firing teachers.

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7:40 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Forecast: Earl to hit south of Nantucket

Providence, R.I. – The current forecast from the National Weather Service calls for Hurricane Earl to hit 75 to 100 miles south of Nantucket Friday night.

Forecasters say Rhode Island could see tropical storm force winds but that the brunt of the storm is expected to hit outer Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Cadima says the hardest hit areas could face Hurricane force winds.

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