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7:51 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Students take part in mock election

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A mock election in which more than 6,000 Rhode Island high school students voted sheds new light on the thinking of the next generation.

The kids developed eight ballot questions. All but one passed.

They voted to legalize civil unions and marijuana, to abolish the electoral college, to make 9/11 a national holiday and to do away with the NECAP test as a requirement for high school graduation.

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RIPR News
7:17 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Candidates face off in gubernatorial debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The seven candidates running for governor lined up Wednesday night answering questions from extending gambling to the state's prison population.

When asked about how to get Rhode Island's K-through-12 students ready for college and a high-tech economy, independent candidate Lincoln Chafee said you can't cut taxes and boost funding for schools. That's why his sales tax proposal addresses the issue, he says.

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RIPR News
6:21 am
Thu October 28, 2010

Caprio slips in Channel 10 poll

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A new poll of likely voters shows independent Lincoln Chafee ahead in the governor's race and Republican John Robitaille and Democrat Frank Caprio in a statistical dead heat.

The poll from Channel 10 and Quest Research gives independent Lincoln Chafee 35 percent. The survey of 523 likely voters gives Republican John Robitaille 28 percent, with Frank Caprio receiving 25 percent, a statistical tie under the four percent margin of error. Moderate Party candidate Ken Block received two percent.

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RIPR News
9:47 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

Where will RI Hospital find an extra $300,000?

Providence, RI – Now that Rhode Island Hospital has to pay a $300,000 for leaving a piece of metal inside a surgery patient, how will the medical center pay its fine?

The Rhode Island Department of Health gave the fine to the medical center and says there are no restrictions on where the hospital finds the money to pay it.

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RIPR News
6:49 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

RI working to lure Connecticut battery maker

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Connecticut battery company is looking to move its operations to Rhode Island. And the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has offered incentives to lure the company to East Greenwich.

Yardney Technical Products makes high-performance batteries for aerospace and defense companies - its batteries powered the Mars landing rover.

And for 40 years it's made those batteries in Connecticut, just across the state line from Westerly. But now it's looking to move to a space in East Greenwich.

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RIPR News
2:20 pm
Wed October 27, 2010

InterLink opens at T.F. Green Airport

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The new multi-modal transportation facility at T.F. Green airport is now officially open.


Known as InterLink, the new facility consolidates rental car companies, bus service, and commuter train platforms at a new six-story parking garage.


Travelers will exit the airport and take series of escalators and elevators up to the skyway that stretches to the garage and InterLink.

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Morning News Podcast
11:26 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

This I Believe Rhode Island
10:03 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Faith and Compassion

Providence, RI – September 11, 2001. The intense, traumatic images are seared into our collective memory. Now fast forward and grapple with the aftermath, the divisive, often painful debate about plans to construct an Islamic center in the World Trade Center neighborhood. As Bill Miles reflects, we've learned much as a nation since 9-11, but not nearly enough.

Miles, a resident of Seekonk, Massachusetts, is professor of political science at Northeastern University. His two most recent books are Zion in the Desert and My African Horse Problem.

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Local Features
7:57 am
Wed October 27, 2010

Voters to decide fate of state name

The ballot question asking voters whether to shorten the state name is pictured here.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Rep. Joseph Almeida doesn't have to look far when he wants a reminder of the state's official name.

Sitting in his Providence office on a recent weekday morning, Almeida reaches into his back pocket and takes out his official legislative ID.

"In the wallet, they give us a badge and on the badge all it says is Representative Joseph Almeida, State of Rhode Island," he says. "But on the ID card it says State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations."

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Politics
7:46 am
Wed October 27, 2010

In debate, Caprio defends "shove it" comment

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio is standing by his remark that President Obama can take his endorsement and quote "shove it." The four major candidates for governor chimed in on the controversial comment in a debate last night.

Last night's Channel 12 debate was the first since President Obama's trip to the state earlier this week. Republican John Robitaille said Caprio's comment raised questions about whether he has the temperament to make good decisions as governor.

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