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11:01 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Community Music Works receives top national honors

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's been a good year for Providence-based Community Music Works. Last month, its founder was selected as a MacArthur fellow- he'll receive $500,000 to spend however he pleases. And today, the non-profit is receiving an award from the White House for being one of the best youth arts organizations in the country. WRNI's Megan Hall has this profile.

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RIPR News
9:10 am
Wed October 20, 2010

CD1 candidates to face off in debate tonight

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – First Congressional District candidates John Loughlin and David Cicilline will take part in a televised debate this evening.

Cicilline, the two-term mayor of Providence, has embraced a traditional Democratic message of defending working families. Loughlin, a three-term state rep from Tiverton, has countered with Republican themes about cutting federal spending and reducing the national deficit.

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Local Features
9:03 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Lifespan CEO Compensation tops $9 million

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The CEO of the Lifespan Hospital system earned more than $9 million in 2009, according to documents obtained by WRNI.

That's about triple his compensation in 2008.

Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation package was a point of controversy in 2009 when a Providence Phoenix article uncovered that his $3 million salary and benefits were the most of any hospital system CEO in New England.

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RIPR News
8:32 am
Wed October 20, 2010

"Waiting For Superman" debuts in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Waiting for Superman, a controversial new documentary about the poor quality of American public schools, opens this week in Rhode Island. WRNI Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison went to the Rhode Island premiere in Warwick Tuesday night and filed this report.

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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Top Stories
7:27 am
Wed October 20, 2010

Recession stalls progress on tall ship

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The recession has stalled efforts to build Rhode Island's only tall ship.

When a 132 foot steel hull was purchased from Canada in 2008, members of the non profit "Tall Ship Rhode Island" hoped to turn it into a tall ship called the Oliver Hazard Perry in two years.

But the recession has hampered fundraising efforts. Bartlett Dunlap, chairman of the board of the restoration group, says they're only halfway to their fundraising goal.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
7:21 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Cold Front

Providence, RI – It sounds a bit like a clich : Slow things down. Smell the roses. Take note of the breathtakingly beautiful sunset, the gentle trickle of a hillside stream, the sparkle of raindrops as they bounce off a flower pedal. The truth is, all of us would do well to reflect on the natural wonders that surround us and, as Scott Turner tells us, reflect on what they can teach us about the trajectory of our lives.

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RIPR News
12:40 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Dilapidated libraries spark lawsuit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The city of Providence has filed a lawsuit against the Providence Public Library over the dilapidated condition of several branch libraries.

The non-profit Providence Public Library leases the buildings to the city for a dollar a year. Library spokeswoman Tonia Mason says the lawsuit ignores portions of the lease that call for the city to take care of certain building repairs and improvements.

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RIPR News
12:34 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

New power line will serve as a backup

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – National Grid says it has started work on a transmission line that will stretch from North Smithfield to Warwick.

The power company says it will be putting in new poles, wires, and a new system for this additional line. National Grid spokesman David Graves says the line is part of a project designed to relieve bottlenecks during times of peak energy use in July and August.

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Morning News Podcast
8:39 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, October 19, 2010.

Politics
5:42 am
Tue October 19, 2010

Roberts acknowledges unpaid taxes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts' campaign committee did not pay federal taxes for two years and has filed amended returns to reflect it owes about $300 in taxes.

Dan Meuse, a spokesman for the Democrat seeking a second term, told The Associated Press he sent the returns Monday for about $2,200 of interest income in 2008 and 2009. The campaign reviewed its records after an AP inquiry.

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