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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.

RIPR News
7:32 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Can great teachers fix failing schools?

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is about to put millions of federal Race to the Top dollars into new teacher evaluations, more testing for students and more interventions in low-performing schools. The programs reflect a growing consensus that better teachers are the key to boosting test scores. WRNI Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison found disagreement about whether this is the right prescription for improving schools.

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RIPR News
5:49 am
Mon October 4, 2010

Fed chairman visits RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke is visiting Rhode Island for a town hall meeting with college students and to speak to a public policy research group.

Bernanke will give the keynote speech at the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council's annual dinner at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

Gov. Donald Carcieri, Senate President M. Teresa Paiva-Weed and Speaker Gordon Fox also will speak.

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RIPR News
5:47 am
Mon October 4, 2010

State colleges seek approval of bond issues

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State colleges and universities are asking voters to approve a $78 million bond issue next month.

A large portion of the funds would build a new chemistry building at the University of Rhode Island. Department Chair Bill Ewer says the current building was designed before World War II.

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5:42 am
Mon October 4, 2010

A bicycling tradition is born in Providence

WRNI file photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – From Smith and Canal Streets to the cross walk in front of the State House is less than 1/5th of a mile. But try riding it uphill on a bike from a dead stop.

That was the challenge facing bicyclists Sunday in the U.S. Open Cycling Foundation's first annual Providence Hill Climb. Bruce Masterson of East Providence made it with difficulty.

"It hurt," Masterson said. "Pretty close to losing my breakfast at the top which is the point. Not my type of effort. I'm more of a recreational kind of guy."

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
9:33 am
Fri October 1, 2010

For Art's Sake

Trinity Rep Radio Theater

Providence, RI – Trinity Rep acting company members Angela Brazil, Janice Duclos and Fred Sullivan, Jr. and guest artist Mark Peckham join Curt Columbus and WRNI's Bob Seay.

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