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7:03 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Central Falls mourns death of fire chief

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fire officials expect a big crowd today at the wake for Central Fall's long time Fire Chief. Sixty-year-old Rene Coutu passed away on Tuesday of cancer. Central Falls battalion Chief Keith Sullivan says the thing he'll miss the most is seeing the chief at his desk, right across the hallway.

"His door was always open," Sullivan says. "Many guys brought their personal concerns about families and stuff to him. You could count on his advice; it was always the right thing."

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RIPR News
7:01 am
Fri December 10, 2010

Chafee to eliminate planned shelter closures

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he will eliminate the January 15 deadline to close three shelters that provide emergency care for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.

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RIPR News
7:11 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Black heritage group looks to reopen

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is reorganizing in the hopes of one day reopening its doors to the public.


Since its previous home in the Arcade on Weybosset St. closed in 2008, the society has been in limbo. Current President Charles Newton says that despite the two year battle, he is hopeful that they are making real progress toward reopening.

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Politics
7:06 am
Thu December 9, 2010

Cicione seeks replacement for RI-GOP chair

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major change is coming to the Republican Party of Rhode Island. State chair Giovanni Cicione says he does not want to run for re-election and is seeking someone to replace him.

"As a volunteer, father and business owner, I've got a lot of things pulling on me," he says. "I think four years has been a good run and I'd love to find someone willing to put in the same level of effort and keep the ball rolling because we've got a good thing going on."

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RIPR News
7:01 am
Thu December 9, 2010

The face of poverty

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Poverty has tens of thousands of faces in Rhode Island. It's the face of 23 year old Maureen George, a resident of the Crossroads homeless shelter. "My mom died when I was 14 and I was living with family members," she says. "I used to be in state care and after state care there was nowhere to go so I came here."

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Economy
6:55 am
Thu December 9, 2010

State and federal officials discuss Deepwater Wind plan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The head of the state's Coastal Resources Management Council said he will make sure fishermen are treated fairly as Deepwater Wind rolls out its proposal for 200 turbines off the Rhode Island, Massachusetts coast. State and federal officials meet Friday to discuss the plan.

Deepwater Wind wants to put 200 turbines 20 miles off the coast to provide electricity for the northeast. Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Grover Fugate said he wishes Deepwater Wind had started with smaller projects.

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Local Features
6:49 am
Thu December 9, 2010

A look back at Carcieri's eight years in office

Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

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RIPR News
10:47 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Deepwater Wind looks to expand wind farm off R.I. coast

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Deepwater Wind's proposal for an expanded wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island is getting praise from one environmental group.

Deepwater Wind has changed course on its plans to build a wind farm in federal waters between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company's latest proposal calls for building 200 turbines, that's twice as many as originally planned.

Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save The Bay, said he supports the larger project because of the economies of scale it promises.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
7:48 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Homelessness

WRNI – This week WRNI and the Rhode Island Foundation held a special forum looking at poverty and homelessness in Rhode Island. In our This I Believe segment, we talk with Constance Vergowven, who has experienced poverty and homelessness firsthand.

Vergowven lives in Newport and works with the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.

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Top Stories
7:31 am
Wed December 8, 2010

Lynch files open meetings suit

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch is suing the Albion Fire District for allegedly violating the state's open meetings law.


The lawsuit, which seeks a civil fine, contends the fire district posted an insufficient agenda for its May 11th meeting. The agenda indicated the fire district would discuss "old business" and "committee reports" but did not state it would include updates on public records requests or the status of a legislative package.

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