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Morning News Podcast
10:31 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, October 21, 2010.

RIPR News
9:04 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Cicilline, Loughlin face off at debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The two candidates looking to replace outgoing Congressman Patrick Kennedy touched on familiar themes in a debate last night.

Providence Mayor David Cicilline, the Democratic candidate, said he would focus on job growth. He also said Republican state Rep. John Loughlin wants to dismantle social security.

"He supports privatizing social security," Cicilline said. "He's talked about it openly in this campaign, about having younger workers go into the stock market...He's called social security a Ponzi scheme."

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Politics
7:17 am
Thu October 21, 2010

Activists endorse prisoner rights agenda

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Civil rights activists met in Providence last night to endorse a package of bills they hope the General Assembly will embrace next year.

One bill would outlaw the shackling of pregnant prisoners during transport. Bruce Reilly of the prisoner advocacy group DARE says women are transported to court and doctor's offices without seat belts or airbags.

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RIPR News
8:58 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Student claims witness intimidation in Brown rape case

Providence, R.I. –

A new twist in the case of a former Brown student who claims he was falsely accused of rape. Court documents filed this week allege intimidation of a witness, Michael Burch, who was McCormick's wrestling coach and advisor at Brown.

Burch says he got an anonymous letter last month inviting him to dinner at a Providence cafe. Burch says he went to the restaurant with a friend. The next day he got a phone call from a woman he did not know.

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Politics
6:32 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Ethics Commission finds probable cause in Central Falls case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission says there's probable cause that Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau violated Rhode Island's code of ethics when he accepted a heating furnace from a city contractor.

Moreau got a discount on the furnace from Michael Bouthilette while the contractor was boarding up abandoned homes for the city of Central Falls. Bouthilette was also one of Moreau's campaign contributors.

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Morning News Podcast
12:00 pm
Wed October 20, 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, October 20, 2010.

Local Features
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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