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6:48 am
Wed July 7, 2010

Cicilline to run for Congress

Providence, R.I. – Providence Mayor David Cicilline announces his run for Congress to succeed Patrick Kennedy in an interview with WRNI's Scott MacKay this morning.

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6:00 am
Wed July 7, 2010

College president resigns

Providence, R.I. – After nine years, Roger Williams University President Roy Nirschel is calling it quits.

School officials say they accepted Nirshel's resignation just before the Fourth of July weekend. A spokesman would not give specific reasons for the move, saying only that the board of trustees felt it was time for new leadership.

Nirschel shepherded Roger Williams through controversy in 2007 when then-board chairman Ralph Papitto resigned amid allegations that he used racial and ethnic slurs during board meetings.

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5:46 am
Wed July 7, 2010

RI senator pushes for extension of unemployment benefits

Providence, R.I. – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says he's very frustrated with Congress's inability to get an unemployment insurance extension passed.

During a visit to a jobs training program in Woonsocket, Whitehouse expressed frustration with Congressional stalling on an extension to the unemployment insurance program.

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5:41 am
Wed July 7, 2010

ACLU sues Pawtucket over drug test

Providence, R.I. – The American Civil Liberties Union has filed suit against the city of Pawtucket, alleging it imposed random drug testing on an employee in violation of state law.

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5:37 am
Wed July 7, 2010

Temperature hits 102, sets new daily record

Providence, R.I. – Coming off a record setting day, forecasters say Rhode Islanders can expect somewhat cooler temperatures today.

A 102 degree reading was recorded yesterday at T.F. Green Airport, breaking the daily record of 97 degrees set 11 years ago. But National Weather Service meteorologist Mike Eckster says he does not expect triple-digit temperatures today.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:11 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Balance

Providence, RI – Life is full of trials and tribulations. That we know. We also know that when life gets us down, the most fortunate among us are able to climb out of the depths and, indeed, thrive in ways that once may have seemed unimaginable. Such has been the case for Amelia Allard.

Allard is a Providence native, a graduate of Smith College, and a former WRNI employee. A writer, artist, teacher, she recently relocated to Boston.


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2:40 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Most of state under heat advisory, cooling locations open in Providence

Providence, R.I. – The National Weather Service is placing nearly the entire state under a heat advisory today.

Meteorologists say the heat and humidity will combine to produce a heat index ranging from 100 to 104. Newport County and Block Island are the only section of the state that are not under the heat advisory.

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1:02 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Amtrak prepares for potential effects of heat wave

Washington – Amtrak says it is prepared to take care of passengers if their trains break down and lose air conditioning amid an intense heat wave along the northeast corridor.

Amtrak announced the plans Tuesday as steamy temperatures were forecast along the nation's busiest passenger rail line.

Extra water is being stored on trains and rescue locomotives are positioned every 30 to 50 miles along the corridor. Mechanical technicians also will ride trains to troubleshoot problems and restart locomotives.

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10:25 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Bristol marks 225th Fourth of July Parade

Providence, R.I. – Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Bristol Monday to celebrate the town's 225th Fourth of July parade.

The massive celebration lasted over three hours as marching bands, floats, and members of the armed forces streamed passed the crowds.

Although the parade is usually on the fourth of July, town tradition places it on the fifth when the holiday lands on a Sunday.

To hear an audio postcard from the parade, click play above.

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9:50 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Mass. man catches 325 lb. shark

Scituate, Mass. – Just a few days after the Coast Guard issued a shark advisory for northeast waters, a Rockland, Mass. man hauled in a 325-pound thresher shark over the holiday weekend.

Dave Vetelino caught the eight-foot predator while fishing Monday about 30 miles off the coast. He tells The Patriot Ledger it took more than 30 minutes to reel in the beast.

His catch came one week after a Gloucester fisherman caught a great white shark about 20 miles from shore.

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