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6:33 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Cranston applies for flood aid

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – There may be hope after all for Pawtuxet River watershed residents who have experienced repeated flooding.

The City of Cranston is applying for federal grants to help homeowners in flood areas, including funds to buy out properties in the Pawtuxet River watershed.

Participation in the buy out program would be voluntary and Cranston Mayor Alan Fung warns the money - if it comes through at all - could be two years off.

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RIPR News
6:10 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Federal Hill celebrates Columbus Day

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's been well over 500 years since Christopher Columbus stumbled onto the North American continent but his spirit was alive and well Sunday at the Columbus Day Parade in Providence.

It was a perfect day for a parade - and apparently for campaigning. Leading the parade was a retinue of politicians, including gubernatorial candidate Frank Caprio, congressional candidate David Cicilline and Congressman Jim Langevin.

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Local Features
5:56 am
Mon October 11, 2010

Kilmartin makes his pitch for attorney general

Photo from the Kilmartin campaign website.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – All this week, WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay is talking with the candidates in Rhode Island's attorney general race. We start our series this morning with Peter Kilmartin.

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Political Roundtable
6:31 am
Fri October 8, 2010

Where's the enthusiasm?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The gubernatorial candidates spark a lack of enthusiasm. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.

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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RIPR News
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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