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3:50 pm
Wed September 1, 2010

R.I. tops northeast in late car payments

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island leads the northeast in the number of residents delinquent on their car payments.


That's according to TransUnion, a group that tracks consumer spending. It found Rhode Island ranked 7th in the nation for the number of car owners more than 60-days late with a payment.


Trans Uninion's Vice-President of Automotive Finance, Pete Turek says one factor is Rhode Island's size, the other is its high unemployment rate.

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RIPR News
11:52 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Democrats debate in 1st Congressional District race

The Democratic candidates in the 1st Congressional District race are pictured here. Photo courtesy of ABC6.

Providence, R.I. – The four Democrats running for the First Congressional District all said that they support bringing the troops home from Afghanistan.

They made the comments during Tuesday night's League of Women Voter's debate. David Segal said he would vote against any future funding of the war, while David Cicilline said it's in the country's long-term interest to have a smaller footprint in Afghanistan.

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RIPR News
11:32 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Gist concerned about teacher funding

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist says she is concerned about a plan to use $33 million in federal teacher jobs money to plug the state budget deficit.


Gist says Congress intended that money to help school districts.


"This was federal aid that the president and the secretary of education sent to our state for education, and so I'm strongly advocating that the funds be used for that purpose."

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Morning News Podcast
11:15 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, September 1, 2010.

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8:20 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Governor urges residents to prepare for Earl

Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri is urging residents to be as prepared as possible as Hurricane Earl makes its way toward the eastern coastline.

Carcieri says state officials will have a better sense Thursday morning whether to close schools, evacuate along the coast and open up shelters.

There are about 100 National Guard soldiers on alert and FEMA has deployed 50 people to Rhode Island ahead of the storm.

Residents in coastal and low lying areas definitely need to prepare, says Carcieri.

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Local Features
7:47 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Back to school in Central Falls

Providence, R.I. – Classes start today at Central Falls High School, which made national headlines earlier this year over a plan to fire the entire faculty.

School officials reached a deal with teachers to avoid the firings, but state education leaders are still demanding major changes at the long-troubled high school.

WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison reports on the plan to fix Central Falls High School - without firing teachers.

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7:40 am
Wed September 1, 2010

Forecast: Earl to hit south of Nantucket

Providence, R.I. – The current forecast from the National Weather Service calls for Hurricane Earl to hit 75 to 100 miles south of Nantucket Friday night.

Forecasters say Rhode Island could see tropical storm force winds but that the brunt of the storm is expected to hit outer Cape Cod and Nantucket Island. National Weather Service meteorologist Kevin Cadima says the hardest hit areas could face Hurricane force winds.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
7:33 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Resilience

Providence, RI – Resilience. The dictionary tells us that it means the ability to recover from or adjust to misfortune or change. But these formal, rather sterile words hardly capture the complexity, the utter horror, and the relentless challenges that so many of us have known in the face of true crisis. And that's certainly the case for Jennifer Reis.

Reis is a clinical pharmacist and is currently studying to become an herbalist. She lives with her family in Wakefield, Rhode Island.

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RIPR News
3:29 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

State seeks to use federal teacher money to plug budget hole

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island will apply for money from the newly created federal teacher jobs fund, but it may not mean new jobs for any out of work teachers. Governor Don Carcieri hopes to use the money to close a $38 million state budget deficit.

The $10 billion fund was meant to save thousands of teacher jobs across the country. If Rhode Island qualifies, its share would be roughly $33-million, but few teachers are likely to be re-hired because of it.

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RIPR News
2:56 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Earl barrels toward U.S. coast

The projected path of Hurricane Earl is pictured in this screen grab from the National Weather Service Web site.

Sand Juan, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the U.S. coast early Tuesday after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with
heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.

Earl is forecast to potentially brush the U.S. East Coast late Thursday, before curving back out to sea, potentially swiping New England or far-eastern Canada. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch the storm closely.

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