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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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WRNI VIDEO
6:26 am
Thu October 7, 2010

Women's Playwriting Festival

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RIPR News
7:55 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Chinese company makes plea deal

Providence, R.I. – A guilty plea in federal court Wednesday ended a multi-year probe by Rhode Island investigators into the importation of illegal human growth hormone.


Human growth hormone, or HGH is often illegally used by athletes to boost performance.

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RIPR News
3:21 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Newport candidates debate casino gambling

Providence, R.I. – Newport candidates running for the General Assembly will take part in a forum Wednesday night sponsored by the group Citizen Concerned About Casino Gambling.

The governor vetoed legislation back in June that would have put the question before voters whether to exand the state's two slot casinos into full gaming casinos.

Citizen Concerned About Casino Gambling's David Wixted says this group is pretty sure the issue will come up in the next session and they want to know where the candidates stand.

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RIPR News
1:27 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Arguments to be heard in orange sticker case

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is due to hear arguments today on whether Narragansett police can continue to put orange stickers on the doors of homes that host loud parties.

Students and landlords say once you get the sticker, you're stuck with it and that violates due process. University of Rhode Island Junior Daniel Ramalho lives in the Eastward Look neighborhood where the university says 90 percent of the complaints come from.

Ramalho says the ordinance is unfair because it targets students.

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Top Stories
8:30 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Butler Hospital moves closer to adding 26 beds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Butler Hospital is one step closer to adding 26 permanent beds to its campus. A state committee has voted 5 to 1 to recommend a new two story building at the psychiatric hospital.

Patricia Recupero, the President and CEO of Butler, says the new rooms will take a lot of pressure off the state's emergency rooms, which house patients while they're waiting for mental health services.

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Economy
8:29 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Families represent fastest growing homeless group in RI

Toni Talbot reads to her nine-year-old daughter Nicoi at a family shelter in Warwick. Photo by Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Thirty years ago it was unheard of for a family to turn up at a homeless shelter. But today - three years into the worst recession since the Great Depression - families are the fastest growing segment of the homeless population in Rhode Island.

Nine-year-old Nicoi Thomas, a sweet girl with a mass of curly brown hair, comes home excited about what she's learned at school.

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Morning News Podcast
8:20 am
Wed October 6, 2010

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, October 6, 2010.

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