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6:15 pm
Thu May 27, 2010

RI school looks to make strides with Saturday class

Horgan Elementary School is pictured here. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – While most kids are eating cereal and watching cartoons, up to 60 students in West Warwick are headed to Horgan Elementary School for extra help in English and Math. Here's seven-year-old Crystal Cabral:

"We play gym after we eat snack but we have to do something before snack like do math. And then we have snack and then we go to gym," Crystal says. "It's kind of fun."

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OSM: West Warwick
11:02 am
Thu May 27, 2010

West Warwick and more on this week's Roundtable

Luke Peterson, assistant to the town manager of West Warwick, is pictured during a visit to Political Roundtable.

Providence, R.I. – As part of our One Square Miles series this week, this Political Roundtable's focus is West Warwick, as well as immigration reform, the boycott of the Westin Hotel and tax reform.

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Local Features
7:13 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Author draws on childhood in West Warwick

Photo courtesy of W.W. Norton & Company.

Providence, R.I. – As part of our One Square Mile series, we're talking to author Ann Hood, a native of West Warwick and the author of "Do Not Go Gentle," which draws heavily from her childhood growing up in the town. Hood sat down for an interview recently with WRNI Morning Edition host Bob Seay.

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OSM: West Warwick
7:06 am
Thu May 27, 2010

A tour around West Warwick with the former RI house speaker

Former House Speaker William Murphy is seen during a tour of West Warwick. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – House Speaker William Murphy, one in a long line of West Warwick politicians to reach a leadership role at the Rhode Island State House. WRNI's Scott MacKay met with Murphy for a tour of the town, and prepared this report.

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RIPR News
6:14 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Across region, records fall as temperatures rise

Providence, R.I. – Records fell throughout New England as the region sizzled through an unusual spring heat spell.

The National Weather Service says the mercury hit 95 degrees at T.F. Green Airport outside Providence at 2:30 p.m yesterday. That broke the old record of 91 degrees for May 26 set in 1965.

A temperature of 98 degrees was recorded at Bradley International Airport outside of Hartford, breaking the previous record of 94 degrees in 1965.

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OSM: West Warwick
6:12 am
Thu May 27, 2010

A self-styled outsider gets cold shoulder at the Statehouse

Michael Pinga is pictured in front of a van he uses to deliver bread from his bakery in West Warwick. Photo by Alex Nunes.

West Warwick, R.I. – Michael Pinga grew up working in the family business, Westcott Baking Company, in West Warwick. So he's very familiar with the details of commercial bread baking.

"We refrigerate some of the dough, the product, at night, and then we bake it off this afternoon," Pinga says. "That's Italian bread, French bread, all different kinds of rolls, and this is our big walk-in freezer. We keep some product on hand in case customers forget to order."

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RIPR News
6:11 am
Thu May 27, 2010

Judge wants to review tape of alleged abuse at RI jail

Providence, R.I. – A federal judge says he wants to review videotapes that investigators say show an immigration detainee being abused and mistreated at a Rhode Island jail.

U.S. District Judge William Smith said yesterday he would look at the tapes before deciding whether to grant a request to block them from public release.

The videos were taken while Hiu Lui "Jason" Ng was jailed at the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility in Central Falls. The Chinese immigrant was held at Wyatt for overstaying his visa.

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RIPR News
1:59 pm
Wed May 26, 2010

Providence commission warns about future of historic records

Providence, R.I. – Priceless historic records could be lost if the city of Providence doesn't store them more carefully. That's the finding of a special City Council commission looking into archive storage.

When the 1636 Roger Williams deed to Rhode Island was found under a table in the city archives last year, city councilor Terrence Hasset became concerned. What other treasures, he wondered, were in danger of being lost for lack of proper storage.

Plenty, as it turns out.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:02 am
Wed May 26, 2010

This I Believe RI: Author reflects on hope and resilience

Providence, R.I. – Five years ago, my husband Lorne, our son Sam and I traveled to China to bring a baby girl home from an orphanage in Hunan. Our house had gone mournfully silent in April of 2002, when our five year old daughter Grace died suddenly. Since that day, our lives had been marked more by what used to be than what could be. Until Annabelle.

"Our family is revived," Sam announced in our hotel room in Changsha as we watched our eleven month old daughter grin at us.

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RIPR News
7:42 am
Wed May 26, 2010

RI lawmaker says he will re-introduce immigration bill next year

Providence, R.I. – There are opposing reactions to news that House Speaker Gordon Fox will not let an Arizona-style anti-illegal immigration bill get a hearing.

State Rep. Peter Palumbo was the sponsor of the bill, which would have allowed police to question people they suspected of being illegal immigrants. He says he's "somewhat devastated" that Fox, an opponent of the bill, will not give it a hearing this year.

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