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3:53 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Students plan walkout at Hope High

Providence, R.I. – Students at Hope High School plan to march to district headquarters this morning to protest schedule changes at the school.

The district is moving Hope from a four period block schedule to a six period schedule, which district leaders say will save money, increase time for science classes and standardize Hope's schedule with that of other high schools in the city.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Bill Gale reviews 'The Underpants' at 2nd Story

Providence, R.I. – Yes, indeed, "frisky" is just the word for this century old German tour de farce by a now mostly forgotten fellow named Carl Sternheim. His script ran on about . . .Oh, well, let's not worry about that.

For you see, Herr Sternheim's script has been adapted - and you strongly suspect __ largely re-engineered by that man of many an artistic talent, Steve Martin.

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Healthcare
1:08 pm
Thu May 13, 2010

Rhode Islander named board chairman at AARP

Providence, R.I. – When the Association for the Advancement of Retired persons, or AARP, selected its new board of directors last week, a Rhode Islander moved up to the rank of board chairman.

Phil Zarlengo from Jamestown has served on the National Board since 2006. Before that, he was the President of Rhode Island's AARP for five years. He recently joined WRNI's Bob Seay in the studio to talk about what's next for the AARP and seniors under the new health reform law.

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Arts & Culture
4:21 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

This I Believe - Rhode Island: Boredom

Providence, RI – How often have you stood impatiently in what turned out to be the interminably long line at the supermarket, or felt at a complete loss for what to do in those all-too-rare, often unexpected hiatuses in your overly scheduled life? As Henri Flikier observes, boredom is in the eye of the beholder and, often, is not what it seems.

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RIPR News
4:03 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Gubernatorial candidates offer different solutions to childhood poverty

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's six gubernatorial candidates squared off over poverty issues in a forum sponsored by the Rhode Island Interfaith Coalition yesterday.

In 2008, over 118,000 Rhode Islanders -- 12 percent of the population -- were living below the federal poverty level. All six gubernatorial candidates agree this is a problem but disagree on ways to solve it.

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Top Stories
3:58 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Some school districts say they're short-changed under current funding set up

Providence, R.I. – State lawmakers consider three bills this week that would more fairly distribute state aid to school districts.

Under the current system, many districts say they are getting short-changed. Woonsocket City Councilman John Ward says his community faces school deficits for the fourth year in a row.

"Music, art, extra curricular programs, high school electives, teacher aides for elementary classes and now all-day Kindergarten have been or will be eliminated from our offerings to our children," Ward says.

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Top Stories
3:55 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Warwick Mall may not fully reopen for months

Warwick, R.I. – Warwick Mall may not be fully re-opened until November. That's the word from mall co-owner Aram Garabedian.

He says Longhorn Steakhouse and Firestone have already reopened and The Sports Authority will re-open Monday.

But Target isn't scheduled to resume business until July 11 and it may be November before Macy's opens its doors again.

The mall was badly flooded in the March 30 rainstorm. October marks the mall's 40th anniversary and Garabedian says there will be quite a celebration.

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Arts & Culture
12:04 pm
Wed May 5, 2010

This I Believe - Rhode Island: Your Mother

Providence, RI – Who hasn't had a close encounter or two with a remarkably exasperating, perhaps eccentric, relative -- that legendary family fixture who has an astonishing ability to push the proverbial envelope and test our patience? And then, as so often happens, this is the relative who, over time, manages somehow to seep into and truly touch our soul. This is what happened to Janine Weisman.

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RIPR News
9:16 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Scott MacKay: City leaders undermine progress in Central Falls

Central Falls, RI – By SCOTT MACKAY -- Central Falls is Rhode Island's poorest community. Its schools are wards of the state, unemployment is soaring and too many of the sturdy triple-deckers that have housed generations of immigrants are boarded up. But the saddest recent news in Central Falls is how its citizens are being betrayed by their leaders.

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RI Business
7:39 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Contractors say new lead regulations too costly

Nancy Eve Cohen

Providence, RI – Regulations designed to eliminate childhood lead poisoning go into effect this month. The change brings strict new requirements for building contractors, property owners, renovators and a host of others who work with lead paint.

While health advocates call the regulations long overdue, some contractors say the cost to comply is way too high.

At the New Hampshire Homebuilders Association, contractors are spreading large sheets of plastic over the floor.

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