WRNI – Local talent, local jokes and a search for Rhode Island's April fool are all part of The 1st annual Rhode Island Comedy Festival. Festival organizer Charlie Hall and performer Doreen Collins Healy join WRNI host Deborah Becker.
WRNI – Litigation involving the station nightclub fire can proceed now that a federal judge has issued a long awaited ruling. U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux says the federal court in Providence will assume jurisdiction over all law suits stemming from the fire. WRNI Morning Edition host Deborah Becker talks with Steve Minicucci, a lawyer involved in litigation over the Station Nightclub Fire.
WRNI – Another offer is on the table for the London based parent company of Lincoln Park. The consortium BLB Investors has offered $523 million for Wembly Mirage. WRNI Morning Edition host Deborah Becker speaks with Lincoln Park spokesperson Mike Trainor.
WRNI – Since the fall, refugees from the African country of Liberia have been coming to Rhode Island as part of an international effort to provide safe homes to residents forced to flee both a deadly civil war in their own country and violence in neighboring countries. By next fall, about 400 refugees are expected to join the already significant Liberian community in Rhode Island. Brian Jones reports
WRNI – On the anniversary of the deadly Station Nightclub fire, new fire codes take effect in Rhode Island. Those in charge of enforcing the new laws do not expect full compliance immediately. WRNI's Tom Kogut filed this report.
WRNI – One event marking the 1 year anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire is the staging of a play in Woonsocket. The one act play "They Walk Among Us," was written by the youngest person killed in the Station fire, 18 year old Nick O'Neil. WRNI's Deborah Becker spoke with O'Neil's brother, Chris O'Neil, who is directing the production.
WRNI – For those inside the Station Nightclub,when a fast moving fire broke out one year ago, and for those who knew someone there, it has been a very long year and a very short one. WRNI's Martha Bebinger spoke with some survivors, friends, doctors, and sympathetic observers.
WRNI – The first black All American football player was well known in Rhode Island. Brown University along with the Black Coaches' Association is honoring Fritz Pollard with a new award. Pollard was the first black quaterback to win a National Football Leage Championship and the first black coach in the NFL. WRNI's Deborah Becker discussed Pollard's accomplishments with John Carroll, author of "Fritz Pollard:Pioneer in Racial Advancement."
WRNI – A South Kingstown man is the American civilian killed over the weekend in Iraq. Friends say John Kelley, a pastor at Curtis Corner Baptist Church, was killed while returning with some other pastors from a visit to ancient Babylon. Kelley was in Iraq tohelp start a church.Friends and colleagues Kelley was well aware of the dangers and accepted them gladly.
WRNI – One symbol chosen for the anniversary of the deadly Station Nightclub fire is the butterfly. It signifies hope and transformation. Some survivors of the fire say the metamorphasis has been difficult, because the fourth largest night club fire in U.S. history has been forgotten. WRNI's Deborah Becker prepared this report.