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5:59 am
Fri October 8, 2010

Number of Hispanic-owned businesses increases in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Census data reveals the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in Rhode Island is growing.

A recent report finds the number of Hispanic-owned companies in Rhode Island increased by nearly 69 percent between 2002 and 2007. Government officials and business leaders gathered in South Providence on Thursday to highlight the findings.

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Local Features
5:38 am
Fri October 8, 2010

Bill Gale reviews "Kimberly Akimbo" at 2nd Story

Lynne Collinson, right, as Kimberly, Will Valles, middle, as Jeff, and Wayne Kneeland as Buddy. Courtesy photo be Richard W. Dionne, Jr..

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire writes plays combining seriousness with whacky comedy. His work, "Kimberly Akimbo," now at 2nd Story Theatre, is a prime example. Bill Gale has the review.

"Kimberly Akimbo" continues at 2nd Story Theatre in Warren through October 24. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.

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Local Features
5:35 am
Fri October 8, 2010

A conversation with Elizabeth Roberts

Courtesy photo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI concludes a series of conversations with the two major candidates for lieutenant governor. Democrat Elizabeth Roberts is seeking reelection after first winning the office in 2006. She tells WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis that the lieutenant governor plays an important role in state government.

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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Morning News Podcast
4:32 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, October 7, 2010.

RIPR News
3:31 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

RIDOT turning off more street lights in early hours

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has already turned off hundreds of street lights across the state and will soon be turning off more.

Next week, RIDOT plans to shut off lights along Route 37 in Cranston and Warwick during the early morning hours.

This is an expansion of RIDOT's curfew program that already stretches down parts of Route 44 in Smithfield and Route 403 in East Greenwich.

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RIPR News
9:18 am
Thu October 7, 2010

Labor and Training office to reopen

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training says it's reopening its Wakefield office next week. The job search center has been closed since 2007 because of budget cuts.

Labor department spokeswoman Laura Hart says federal stimulus funds are paying for the reopening.

"That means that it's short term funding so right now we are funded with that money through June 30th but we are considering other funding streams to see if there's a way to maintain a Wakefield presence after that," Hart says.

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Local Features
9:18 am
Thu October 7, 2010

Does RI need a lieutenant governor?

WRNI file photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI is airing a series of conversations with the two major candidates for lieutenant governor. Independent Robert Healey -- best known for wanting to eliminate the position -- is making his third run for lieutenant governor. He tells WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis that this year offers his best chance yet.

On Friday morning, we'll broadcast a conversation with Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts. Independent Robert Venturini is also running for the office.

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Local Features
9:17 am
Thu October 7, 2010

The Women's Playwriting Festival enters its 15th year

Katie Travers as Julie 2 and Tray Gearing as Julie 1 are pictured in this performance of ?Swinging to Petula.\" Courtesy photo by Pamela Murray.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Women's Playwriting Festival is now in its 15th year presenting new work from all over the country at Providence's Perishable Theatre. WRNI's Bill Gale says this is one of the best of the bunch, too.

The Women's Playwriting Festival continues at Perishable Theatre in Providence through October 23. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.

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Arts & Culture
8:01 am
Thu October 7, 2010

Young Voices

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Karen Feldman is the co-director of Young Voices, a Rhode Island organization that transforms urban youth into powerful advocates. She is joined by teenagers Grace Ajayi, Johanna German and Rick Rodriguez. They believe youth have the power to change Rhode Island.

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Local Features
6:39 am
Thu October 7, 2010

A closer look at the gubernatorial debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the 2010 governor's race entering its final stretch, the four major candidates met last night in a televised debate at Roger Williams University. To break down the debate and where the candidates stand with about a month left before election time, WRNI's Dave Fallon spoke with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay.

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