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2:03 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

"Our heavenly father" to stay in Cranston school

Providence, R.I. – The words "Our Heavenly Father" will remain on the wall of the Cranston High School West auditorium, at least for now. School officials have delayed making a decision about what to do with the sign, which has generated a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union.

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Politics
1:43 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Town holds special election to replace officials facing corruption charges

Providence, R.I. – A special election will be held in North Providence to replace three former council members who resigned in May amid corruption charges.

Seven candidates will be on the ballot in today's election-- three Democrats, two Republicans and two independents. They are vying for two district seats and one at-large seat.

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RIPR News
1:31 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

Fire reported at city hall in Taunton, Mass.

Taunton, Mass. – Firefighters in Taunton are battling a blaze at City Hall.

The building has been evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The Taunton Gazette reported that smoke was seen billowing from the top floor of the historic building, which was originally constructed in the 1840s.

Mayor Charles Crowley told WBZ-AM in Boston that the fire started Tuesday on the second floor before the building was officially open for the day and spread to the third floor.

There was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze.

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RIPR News
12:07 pm
Tue August 17, 2010

RI aims to increase charter schools

Providence, R.I. – State education officials learned Monday they will get nearly $2.4 million from the Obama Administration to start more charter schools in Rhode Island. By September there will be 15 charter schools operating in the state. The goal is to significantly increase that number over the next three years, particularly in urban districts.

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RIPR News
11:37 am
Tue August 17, 2010

East Providence to eliminate recess

Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island school district is doing away with the time-honored tradition of recess.

Beginning in the fall, East Providence elementary school students will not be given 10 minutes before or after lunch to play.

But school officials say the change might actually help them to keep students more physically fit. Superintendent Mario Cirillo says the schools are partnering with the YMCA to design a more comprehensive physical education program that will keep students active, even without recess.

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Local Features
10:53 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story"

Eric Fontana is pictured here playing Buddy Holly. Courtesy photo taken by Deb Stallwood.

Providence, R.I. – Way back in the 1950s rock n roll was moving in; some would say taking over. There are many tales from those days but few as compelling as the one told in "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" now at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston. Bill Gale has tour review.

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Morning News Podcast
8:54 am
Tue August 17, 2010

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 17, 2010.

Politics
7:25 am
Tue August 17, 2010

RI Republicans unveil new challenge to Democrats

Rhode Island GOP Chairman Giovanni Cicione is seen at the Clean Slate announcement. Photo by Ian Donnis.

Providence, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione yesterday unveiled a new effort to challenge the dominance of General Assembly Democrats.

Looking to brand themselves, Republicans rolled out what they're calling "Rhode Island Clean Slate." It's meant to supplement the individual efforts of about 100 Republican and independent legislative candidates. Related bus ads and radio spots are set to start this week.

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RIPR News
7:15 am
Tue August 17, 2010

RI prosecutors to dismiss charges against Craigslist suspect

Providence, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch says he will dismiss charges against Philip Markoff, the man suspected of assaulting and robbing a couple at a Warwick motel last year.

Markoff is thought to have killed himself at the Nashua Street jail in Boston over the weekend. The Boston Herald, quoting anonymous sources, says Markoff used a pen to cut his arteries and covered his head with a plastic bag.

He was charged in Massachusetts with killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist.

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RIPR News
5:21 pm
Mon August 16, 2010

Work begins at affordable housing complex

Providence, RI – Construction of the Kingstown Crossing I development is underway after Monday's groundbreaking at a former Navy housing complex in North Kingstown.

The first phase will provide 58 environmentally friendly units of affordable housing.

There's a huge need for affordable housing across the state, says Richard Godfrey, executive director of Rhode Island Housing.

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