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9:11 am
Wed September 29, 2010

RI soldier and wife dead at Fort Hood

Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island soldier stationed at Fort Hood is suspected of killing his wife and then himself at their home on the Texas Army base.

The Army says 31-year-old Sgt. Michael Timothy Franklin and his wife Jessie Ann Franklin were found shot to death in their home Sunday. Fort Hood officials say circumstances are under investigation, but it appears Franklin shot his wife and then himself.

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RIPR News
7:11 am
Wed September 29, 2010

RI sees small gains in science test scores

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island students posted small gains this year on the state test of science. But they still lag behind their peers in New Hampshire and Vermont who took the same test. Test scores were lowest for all states at the middle and high school level.

Less than a quarter of Rhode Island middle and high school students scored proficient or better on the state science test. The numbers were slightly higher than 2009, but state officials say they would like to see more improvement.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
6:48 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Hearing Voices

RIPR News
12:34 pm
Tue September 28, 2010

Primary losers try again as write-ins

The three write-in candidates at their announcement at the state capitol

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three Democratic state reps who blame organized labor for their primary day losses are now running as write-in candidates.

Representative Douglas Gablinske of Bristol, speaking Tuesday during a state house news conference, says pursuing a write-in campaign is the right thing.

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RIPR News
11:07 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Remembering Frederick C. Williamson

Providence, R.I. – Frederick C. Williamson, the longest serving state historic preservation officer in the nation, has died.


Before Williams became a pioneer in the national preservation movement, he was a civilian manager at the Quonset Point facility. He also held leadership roles in Rhode Island's civil rights movement.


In 1969 Governor Frank Licht appointed Williams to head of the state's Department of Community Affairs.

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Region
9:53 am
Tue September 28, 2010

RI takes unique approach toward athlete concussions

Photo by Mel Rowling via Flickr Creative Commons.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island student athletes are hitting the playing field this season with a new set of rules on what happens when they get a concussion. A new state law requires players to leave the playing field after they're hit in the head.

It also will help Rhode Island become the first state in the nation with detailed statewide data on the impact of brain injuries.

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Morning News Podcast
8:53 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, September 28, 2010.

Politics
8:04 am
Tue September 28, 2010

Segal takes job with progressive action committee

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Rep. David Segal has taken a job at a new national progressive political action committee after losing the Democratic nomination to succeed Rhode Island's Patrick Kennedy in Congress.

Segal on Monday says he's joined Demand Progress, which launched last week. It was started by Aaron Swartz, who co-founded news filtering service Reddit.

Segal lost a four-way primary to Providence Mayor David Cicilline this month.

The PAC is based in Cambridge, Mass., but Segal says he plans to stay in Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
4:56 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Sediment in Pawtuxet Cove blocking boaters

Providence, R.I. – Federal funding is on its way to help the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers dredge Pawtuxet Cove. The $1.75 million will clear sediment that poured into the cove during last spring's floods.

The flooding pushed so much sediment down the Pawtuxet River that when it stopped at the mouth of the river it formed something like a speed bump. Corps of Engineers project manager Duban Montoya says that speed bump now forces commercial and recreation vessels to time their trips around the tides.

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RIPR News
4:49 pm
Mon September 27, 2010

Organization says its exempt from campaign finance laws

Providence, R.I. – The National Organization for Marriage has filed a lawsuit asking to be exempt from state campaign finance laws.

The National Organization for Marriage, NOM, opposes same-sex unions. It wants to take out ads on behalf of Rhode Island candidates who agree. But it does not want to be considered a political action committee. That would require reporting expenditures and complying with spending limits.

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