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7:43 am
Wed April 27, 2011

City council wants longer hours for teachers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Members of the Providence City Council are calling for substantive changes to teacher contracts when they come up for renegotiation this year. A report from the Council's Education Subcommittee says the district could save $4.5 million just by changing pay rates for substitutes.

Subcommittee Chair Sam Zurier says right now some substitutes are getting the same benefits as full-time teachers.

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RIPR News
7:25 am
Wed April 27, 2011

RI Blue Cross Blue Shield CEO retires

PROVIDENCE, RI –

The head of Rhode Island's biggest health insurance company is retiring. Jim Purcell, the CEO of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island, will leave the company at the end of 2011.

Jim Purcell has been the health plan's CEO since 2005, when he replaced disgraced leader Ronald Battista, who was forced out in a money scandal.

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RIPR News
7:12 am
Wed April 27, 2011

Westerly public library under investigation

PROVIDENCE, RI – The town of Stonington, Connecticut, has asked for a financial review of the Westerly Public Library. This stems from concerns about the role the library's executive director played in accepting funds for dormant task force.

Local business leaders discovered last week that Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation had sent $75-thousand dollars to the Westerly-Pawcatuck Joint Development Task Force. There's one problem: the task force was thought to be dormant.

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Politics
5:55 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Rep. Watson: I was not under the influence

Photo by: Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Minority Leader Robert Watson is disputing the account offered by East Haven, Connecticut, police of his arrest last Friday.

During a speech on the House floor, Watson accused the police of orchestrating his arrest after realizing he was a state representative. Police say Watson smelled of marijuana and had trouble with field sobriety tests.

Watson says he did not smoke marijuana that day and was not under the influence.

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RIPR News
5:54 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Chafee weighs-in on Watson arrest

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is weighing in on the arrest of House Minority Leader Robert Watson.

Watson was picked up in East Haven, Connecticut last Friday night on charges of driving under the influence, marijuana possession and paraphernalia possession.

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RIPR News
1:44 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Study finds guns remain with domestic violence suspects

PROVIDENCE, RI – People accused of domestic violence in Rhode Island are frequently allowed to keep their firearms, according to a report released Tuesday by the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The report shows that 13 percent of police departments have no clear policy for removing firearms in domestic violence situations. A third of departments seize the weapon only if an arrest is made. A quarter of the departments rely on the responding officer's individual judgment.

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RIPR News
1:36 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

RI company gets grant to build solar canopy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has given a solar panel enterprise a $120,000 grant. The grant will go toward building the prototype for an eight-car parking lot solar canopy.

The Providence-based Solar Canopy says its prototype will feature car charging capabilities and a rain water capturing system. CEO Donald Richardson says it should be built in three months.

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RIPR News
1:31 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

Ciresi found guilty on corruption charges

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PROVIDENCE, RI – North Providence attorney Robert Ciresi has been found guilty of all three charges against him.

After deliberating less than a day, a Providence jury returned guilty verdicts of conspiracy, extortion and bribery against North Providence lawyer Robert Ciresi.

Prosecutors argued that Ciresi acted as the middleman for one bribe paid to three former North Providence town councilmen and helped set up another.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
12:16 pm
Tue April 26, 2011

In the Time Being

WRNI – You know that expression, "You never know what you have til it's gone"? This is far more than an overused cliche'. It's an aphorism that comes to mind so often when something precious in our lives disappears, especially when we had a tendency to take that special something for granted. And isn't it inspiring that 12-year-old, Joceyln Mora, has already figured this out?

Jocelyn Mora is in the 7th grade at the Community Preparatory School in Providence. She lives with her family in Providence.

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Morning News Podcast
8:59 am
Tue April 26, 2011

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, April 26th, 2011.

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