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7:49 am
Mon April 14, 2008

Rhode Island by Design

Providence, RI – It's easy enough to feel pessimistic about Rhode Island. The state's unemployment rate is the 6th highest in the country. The state deficit is the highest in nearly 20 years. And homes have lost six percent of their value in the past 14 months. But there is also cause for optimism - due in large part to the presence of RISD and Brown University, a new industry is taking root. WRNI's Flo Jonic has our story.

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RIPR News
2:24 pm
Mon April 7, 2008

A Conversation with Providence's New School Superintendent

Providence, RI – The new Providence school superintendent Tom Brady is a retired army colonel who starts work July 14. Brady replaces Donnie Evans who resigned in March. Brady is the acting head of Philadelphia schools, which just appointed a permanent leader. He spoke from his Philadelphia office with WRNI Morning Edition host Bob Seay.

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RIPR News
2:24 pm
Thu April 3, 2008

Against the Tide

Providence, RI – WRNI's Bob Seay talks Lincoln Chafee about his new book Against the Tide: How a Compliant Congress Empowered a Reckless President forum.

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Arts & Culture
9:55 am
Tue April 1, 2008

Dorothy Parker

Providence, RI – Actors Janice Duclos, Phyllis Kay, and Fred Sullivan, Jr. join Curt Columbus and Bob Seay with Dorothy Parker's poems, stories "You Were Perfectly Fine," and "Here We Are," along with Alexander Woollcott's elegy "Our Mrs. Parker."

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RIPR News
2:25 pm
Wed March 26, 2008

Providence Appoints a New School Superintendent

Providence, RI – Tom Brady is a retired Army colonel who has been acting head of Philadelphia schools. Brady has held high level positions in Washington, D.C. and Fairfax, Virginia schools. WRNI education reporter Rhonda Miller has more from Tom Brady and some who know him.

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RIPR News
2:25 pm
Fri March 21, 2008

Unemployment in RI at 13 Year High

Providence, RI – Rhode Island's unemployment rate has hit a 13 year high. The Ocean State now has the sixth highest unemployment rate in the country, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. WRNI's Flo Jonic examines the factors for, and the people behind, the numbers.

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RIPR News
2:26 pm
Mon March 17, 2008

High Stakes Testing Proposal for High School Graduation

Providence, RI – Senior projects have become a sign of change for earning a high school diploma in Rhode Island. Another sign of change is a controversial proposal to make so-called "high stakes testing" a bigger part of graduation requirements. But educators and students are finding there is no simple path to graduation day. WRNI's Rhonda Miller reports.

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RIPR News
2:26 pm
Sat March 15, 2008

Enforcing the Truck Ban in Pawtucket

Pawtucket, RI – It's been almost five months since the state department of transportation imposed weight restrictions on the Interstate 95 Pawtucket River bridge because of corroded steel. Ample time for truckers to get the message that if they're carrying more than 22 tons they need to take a detour. But as WRNI's Flo Jonic reports, state police find violators every day.

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RIPR News
2:27 pm
Fri March 14, 2008

Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation

Providence, RI – When Mike O'Connell took over management of the Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation he realized some things were not quite right. With the help of Governor Carcieri, an expedited audit was requested. WRNI's Flo Jonic reports on the findings of the audit released yesterday.

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RIPR News
2:27 pm
Wed February 27, 2008

RI Prepares Polling Places for Primary

Providence, RI – In less than one week, Rhode Islanders get their chances to weigh in on the race for president. In a tight primary, it appears the preference of voters in this state will carry a lot more weight than usual. Casting your vote could be a little more difficult too, because of the state budget crisis. WRNI's Flo Jonic reports.

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