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9:15 am
Mon April 5, 2010

State has highest bonded indebtedness

Providence, RI –
Our state's bonded debt has ballooned from about $1.3 billion in 2002, Governor Lincoln Almond's last year in office, to roughly $2 billion in the fiscal year that begins this July.

Nobody at the State House or in the state's business community ever talks about this burden on our state's taxpayers. It is so much easier to blame employee pensions and health care benefits for bankrupting the state.

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RIPR News
5:01 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Political Roundtable: April 2, 2010

Providence, RI – The record flooding along the Pawtuxet River is part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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RIPR News
9:25 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Flooding threatens infrastructure in Coventry

Coventry, RI – WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison reports from Coventry, where evacuations took place this week and concerns have been raised about some of the town's infrastructure.

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RIPR News
9:18 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Delegation promises federal assistance

Providence, RI – Her visit comes as many Rhode Islanders are still bailing out soggy basements, struggling to re-open businesses, and assessing damage to bridges, roads and dams.

Yesterday, the state's congressional delegation promised to secure as much federal assistance as possible. WRNI's Flo Jonic reports.

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RIPR News
9:30 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Warwick, Cranston hit hard by flooding

Alex Nunes

Providence, RI – Three days of steady rain caused the Blackstone River to swell dramatically - sending waves of water crashing down Valley Falls in the town of Cumberland, just north of Providence. About a dozen people watched in awe.

Among them, Laurie Lefebvre of Cumberland, who was stunned by the sight.

"This might impress some of these young guys out here that don't underestimate mother nature," she said. "Mother of all mothers."

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RIPR News
9:19 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Cranston mayor discusses response to flooding

Cranston, RI – Because of the flooding, Rhode Island residents are being asked to conserve water and electricity because of flood damage to sewage systems and electrical sub-stations. In Warwick, a water and sewage treatment plant actually failed, and in Cranston, city officials are also coping with a damaged plant. WRNI's Anthony Brooks spoke to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung about the situation, and what he's telling his residents.

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Arts & Culture
9:06 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Eudora Welty's People: hilarious tales by an American master

Providence, RI – Resident company members Janice Duclos, Mauro Hantman, Anne Scurria, and Rachael Warren join Curt Columbus and Bob Seay with two hilarious tales:

* "Why I Live at the P.O.": The postmistress of the second-smallest town in Mississippi tells all
* "Petrified Man": A beauty salon, a traveling freak show, and a $500 reward

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7:16 am
Thu April 1, 2010

After rain, state hit hard by flooding

Alex Nunes

Providence, RI – The state government is open for business as usual today - a day after all non-essential employees were told to stay home. At seven o'clock yesterday morning Governor Carcieri's office urged all schools and businesses to follow his lead by requiring only essential personnel to report to work. With a big section of Interstate 95 closed, his major concern was gridlock.

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Arts & Culture
12:22 pm
Wed March 31, 2010

This I Believe - Rhode Island: Urban Schools

Providence, RI – Imagine a news story about the daily goings-on at a typical large, urban high school. What images come to mind? Do you picture academic success stories spinning out of a maturing student body, or does your mind run toward more dismal scenarios? As Fred Silva, notes, urban education is filled with remarkable triumphs, even miracles.

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RIPR News
5:04 pm
Fri March 26, 2010

Political Roundtable: March 26, 2010

Providence, RI – Democrats succeed in enacting healthcare reform. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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