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5:01 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

Speaker Fox faces leadership challenge

Providence, R.I. – Dissident Democrats say they plan to make another challenge to House Speaker Gordon Fox


Representative Gregory Schadone of North Providence says Fox will face a challenge in the run-up to the new legislative year in January.


Schadone got 14 votes, compared with 51 for Fox, when he challenged Fox for the speakership last February. The challenge this time around, says Schadone, will most likely come from either himself or Representative Thomas Winfield of Smithfield.

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RIPR News
10:44 am
Tue October 5, 2010

RIPTA unveils hybrid vehicles

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The first of 63 new buses and 10 new trolleys were dedicated at Kennedy Plaza in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by Senator Jack Reed and Providence Mayor David Cicilline.

Both the buses and the trolleys are hybrids that use a combination of diesel fuel and battery power. The vehicles do not have to be plugged in, says RIPTA general manager Al Moscola.

"When the battery pack needs energy, the diesel engine will go on and power the battery pack," Moscola says. "So there's no plug in."

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RIPR News
10:43 am
Tue October 5, 2010

Wyclef Jean accepts visiting fellow role at Brown University

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University says hip-hop singer Wyclef Jean has accepted an appointment as a visiting fellow in its Department of Africana Studies for the 2010-11 academic year.

he Ivy League school says in a statement released late Monday that the 37-year-old Grammy Award winner will engage in activities related to its Haiti Initiative, including lectures, faculty conversations, classes and other offerings.

Brown says Jean made his first visit to campus Monday and attended two inaugural lecturers.

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RIPR News
10:22 am
Tue October 5, 2010

Education Secretary Arne Duncan on great teaching

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Wednesday night, WRNI along with the Rhode Island Foundation and Knight Foundation host a community forum that will try to answer the question: what makes a great teacher? Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison put that same question to U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan in this interview.
-What makes a great teacher? Weigh in at our new website

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Morning News Podcast
8:36 am
Tue October 5, 2010

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, October 5, 2010.

Economy
5:30 am
Tue October 5, 2010

Bernanke visits RI

Ben Bernanke is pictured at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Photo by Megan Hall.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ocean State college students had a chance to grill the federal reserve chairman on Monday. Ben Bernanke took their questions at a meeting at the Rhode Island Convention Center.

Bernanke fielded questions on everything from the bail-out of AIG to the lessons he's learned from the Great Depression. He also offered an apology.

"I'm sorry the economy's not stronger right now," he said.

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RIPR News
1:44 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

ACLU: Narragansett cyberstalking case threatens free speech

Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is asking Narragansett police to drop cyberstalking charges against two residents.

The two men were charged in August after they posted rude comments about candidates for Town Council on Craigslist.

ACLU Director Steven Brown says the charges don't fit under the state cyberstalking statute, which is meant to cover direct communication.

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Top Stories
12:03 pm
Mon October 4, 2010

PawSox owner Ben Mondor dies at 85

Screen grab from the PawSox website.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Ben Mondor, the longtime owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox, has died. Mondor's death on Sunday night was announced by the PawSox, the top minor league franchise of the Boston Red Sox.

The PawSox trail only the Red Sox as the top drawing sports team in New England. Former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst says that's a tribute to Mondor, who bought the financially struggling PawSox in the late 1970s.

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RIPR News
11:52 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Shining a light on campaign finances

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Same sex marriage is a contentious issue both in Rhode Island and across the nation. But there is a byproduct of this debate that has nothing to do with gay marriage that should alarm advocates on both sides.

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Morning News Podcast
8:26 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Monday, October 4, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, October 4, 2010.

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