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6:42 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Districts sign on to Race to the Top

Providence, R.I. – All but four school districts in Rhode Island have signed onto the state's application for round two of the federal Race to the Top Education competition.

That's according to state education officials, who say they are still finalizing the count. The state is seeking $75 million for public school reforms, and state officials believe they will have a stronger application if more districts participate.

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6:41 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Fernandez announces bid for AG

Providence, R.I. – Attorney General candidate Joseph Fernandez says he'll take a tough stand against corruption if he's elected this year.

Fernandez was formerly the city solicitor in Providence. He points to how he led the effort in that office to strip former police chief Urbano Prignano's $59,000 a year pension.

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6:39 am
Wed May 19, 2010

DMV to give hearings to drivers issued confusing tickets

Providence, R.I. – An ACLU lawsuit against the state Division of Motor Vehicles is producing results. People who received license suspension notices on the basis of decades old traffic violations are being advised of their right to a hearing.

In the process of changing computers, the DMV sent out license suspension warnings to 1,600 drivers who had not paid fines, some dating back 20 years.

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8:07 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Central Falls teachers approve deal to save jobs

Providence, R.I. – Eighty-seven Central Falls High School teachers can keep their jobs under a turnaround plan approved by teachers' union members yesterday. After months of angry protests and national attention over the dismissal of the entire high school faculty, the settlement contains most if not all of the demands district leaders had requested from the outset.

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8:04 am
Tue May 18, 2010

RI native writes composition on Kennedy brothers

Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island native's composition honoring John, Robert and Edward Kennedy will be premiered tonight by the Boston Pops Orchestra. WRNI's Bob Seay has our story.

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8:00 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Boat crash victims' names released

Providence, R.I. – Authorities have released the identities of two Massachusetts women killed when their boat slammed into a rocky outcropping in Rhode Island's Narragansett Bay.

The Department of Environmental Management says Alesia Desa, of Dighton, and Kaylee Therrien, of Assonet, died after the accident early Sunday. Both were 23 years old.

The DEM and attorney general's office are investigating the crash. They have not released the names of the other three people on board.

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8:00 am
Tue May 18, 2010

First store reopens at Warwick Mall

Warwick, R.I. – The first store has reopened inside a flood-damaged shopping mall in Rhode Island, nearly seven weeks after it was inundated by several feet of water from the Pawtuxet River.

The Sports Authority on the second floor of the Warwick Mall reopened yesterday morning. It was not damaged by the water, but the store manager says air quality had been a concern.

Record-setting rains in March caused the mall to flood with several feet of water in March and April. It has been closed since then.

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7:59 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Judge gives go ahead to Landmark sale

Providence, R.I. – A Massachusetts based hospital chain is one step closer to buying the financially troubled Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket.

Yesterday, Superior Court judge Michael Silverstein gave the go ahead for Caritas Christi to work towards a sales agreement with Landmark. His decision blocks out Transition Healthcare- a Tennessee based company that also wanted a chance to bid on the hospital.

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7:51 am
Mon May 17, 2010

With summer on its way, Scott MacKay says our state's not so bad after all

Beavertail State Park in Jamestown. WRNI file photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – If you follow the news, you'd be forgiven for thinking that a cloud hangs over Rhode Island. There seems to be an endless stream of stories about government corruption, bad schools, high taxes, soaring unemployment, and flooded basements.

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7:28 am
Mon May 17, 2010

Two die in boat crash in Narragansett Bay

Providence, R.I. – A boat crash in Narragansett Bay has killed two people and injured three. The two victims, 23-year-old women, have not yet been identified.

It was close to two o'clock Sunday morning when the Coast Guard received a mayday call from a 24-foot Sea Ray. The boat had crashed into a rock outcropping near Prudence Bay called, appropriately, "Despair Island." The Coast Guard dispatched a 45 foot response boat.

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