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7:11 am
Mon October 25, 2010

RI governor's race enters final week of campaigning

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's a busy week for Rhode Island's gubernatorial candidates as they enter the final days of their campaigns.

They'll face each other in three televised debates this week. The first debate is Tuesday night at the Providence Performing Arts Center. It will air on WPRI-TV.

The others are Wednesday evening at Bryant University, which will air on WLNE-TV; and a Friday debate at Rhode Island College that will air on WJAR-TV.

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Politics
7:06 am
Mon October 25, 2010

Obama makes first presidential visit to RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today's due to be a big day for politics in Rhode Island, as President Obama and two high profile Republicans visit the state.

President Obama is scheduled to visit a Woonsocket factory, then fundraise for Democratic Congressional candidate and Providence Mayor David Cicilline as well as other candidates.

Cicilline's Republican rival, John Loughlin, will get some help from Massachusetts Senator Scott Brown, who will attend a fundraiser luncheon and campaign with Loughlin.

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RIPR News
3:22 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates prefer private schools

Providence, R.I. – Public education has been a hot topic in the Rhode Island governor's race, but both of the frontrunners send their kids to private schools.

Independent Lincoln Chafee's children went to Warwick public schools until he moved to Washington, D.C. to serve in the US Senate. His two school-aged children currently attend private schools. A third child is now in college.

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RIPR News
1:01 pm
Fri October 22, 2010

Chafee accuses Caprio of poor legislative attendance

Providence, R.I. – Gubernatorial Candidate Lincoln Chafee is criticizing opponent Frank Caprio's legislative voting record on grounds of poor attendance. According to Chafee Caprio missed nineteen percent of the votes taken during his 16 years in the Rhode Island General Assembly.

Caprio's press secretary Nick Hemond doesn't deny the charge, but attributes Caprio's absenteeism to the part-time nature of the Rhode Island legislature.

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Morning News Podcast
8:59 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Friday, October 22, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, October 22, 2010.

RIPR News
7:28 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "Absurd Person Singular"

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – English playwright Alan Ayckbourn has written more than 70 plays but few found the popularity of "Absurd Person Singular" now being revived by Trinity Rep. Bill Gale has the review.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Local Features
7:22 am
Fri October 22, 2010

The Found Footage Festival comes to Providence

Nick Prueher, left, and Joe Pickett, right, are pictured at a production of The Found Footage Festival. Courtesy photo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Nick Prueher's fascination with found footage started in the early 1990s when he was a freshman in high school. He was working at a McDonald's when he came across a training video called "Inside and Outside Custodial Duties."

"Out of boredom, I just popped it in one day and could not believe how ridiculous it was," Prueher says.

The video featured upbeat music, an excited trainee and basic instruction on custodial work, a job referred to as "McC."

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Political Roundtable
7:16 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Obama visits RI and more on Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – President Obama makes a campaign-season visit to Rhode Island. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.

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RIPR News
7:08 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Pawtucket mill blaze ruled arson

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A $10,000 reward is being offered for the arrest and conviction of whomever set fire to a Pawtucket mill complex last week. The blaze at the former Union Wadding Company has been ruled a case of arson, according to state fire marshal Jack Chartier.

"This fire was definitely arson," Chartier says. "We have multiple points of origin within the building and we're calling it that and we're seeking any information the public might have to assist us in that investigation."

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Economy
7:03 am
Fri October 22, 2010

Crossroads receives $100-K to address increased demand

Photo by Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Crossroads Rhode Island is getting some badly needed financial help. The Rhode Island Foundation has presented Crossroads with a check for $100,000 to deal with the overflow conditions it's confronting this year.

Crossroads president Anne Nolan says they saw more homeless people by the end of July as they did in all of 2009.

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