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3:44 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Patients, advocates wait for medical marijuana centers in RI

A retailer outside of Rhode Island is pictured here. Photo from Thomas Hawk via Flickr Creative Commons.

Providence, R.I. – Medical marijuana advocates say they're sick of waiting for the Rhode Island Health Department. Dozens of patients protested the department's decision to disqualify all 15 applicants to run the state's first medical marijuana retail stores.

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RIPR News
2:40 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

RI SAT scores down in some categories, participation up

Providence, R.I. – The percentage of RI high school seniors taking the SAT exam is on the rise, but scores are down in two of the three tested subject areas.

There was a five percent increase in participation by the class of 2010, with 5,718 seniors taking the exam. Math score averages were up a point to 488. Reading scores dropped a point to 485 and writing scores dropped four points to 478.

Scores in each category were below the national averages.

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RIPR News
1:47 pm
Mon September 13, 2010

Races in RI and Calif. spark interest among gay rights groups

WOONSOCKET, R.I. – Just three of the 535 members of Congress are openly gay, and two Democratic candidates running for the House hope to inch that number up to five.

Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor David Cicilline is running to succeed Patrick Kennedy. In California, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet is trying to knock Republican Mary Bono Mack out of the seat she has held for 12 years.

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Morning News Podcast
9:25 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Monday, September 13, 2010

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, September 13, 2010.

Local Features
7:20 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Scott MacKay: Get out and vote

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tomorrow is primary election day. Seven-hundred thousand Rhode Islanders are eligible to cast ballots. But how many of us will take the time to go to the polls? WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts for those who believe their votes don't count.

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RIPR News
7:03 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Traffic fatalities increase in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is on the wrong side of a national trend when it comes to traffic fatalities.

In 2009, the United States posted its lowest traffic fatality rate since 1950, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Highway deaths were down nearly 10 percent to roughly 34,000.

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RIPR News
6:56 am
Mon September 13, 2010

RI primaries tomorrow

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Sunny skies and pleasant temperatures are expected Tuesday, which eliminates lousy weather as a reason to keep voters from the polls.

The four-way Democratic race in the 1st Congressional District is one marquee battle. Voters will also choose the Republican gubernatorial candidate for November, and the Democratic candidates for attorney general, lieutenant governor, and mayor of Providence.

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RIPR News
6:19 am
Mon September 13, 2010

Dropping water levels to help the fish

Providence, R.I. – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is lowering water levels at the Turner Reservoir Dam so construction crews can start building a passage for fish.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it will take about three weeks to lower water levels at the dam by 42-inches.

Once lowered, construction can begin on fish passage facilities along the lower Ten Mile River at Omega Pond Dam, Hunts Mill Dam and Turner Reservoir Dam.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
1:49 pm
Sun September 12, 2010

Walk on Earth

Providence, RI – Every caring parent has the same intense fear: That unanticipated, and definitely unwanted, phone call from one's child that's saturated with bad news. We know it can happen, of course, yet it's virtually impossible to prepare for the dreaded call. Robert Waxler knows this all too well.

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RIPR News
6:05 pm
Fri September 10, 2010

Mayor launches design competition for pedestrian bridge

Providence, R.I. – The Providence Mayor's Office and Rhode Island Department of Transportation have announced a design competition to build a new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River.

The proposed bridge would replace the old I-195 highway bridge, which is scheduled for demolition next year. According to Mayor Cicilline, the bridge will be a landmark for Providence and for the region.

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