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10:41 am
Mon December 1, 2003

Rats

wrni – Public works officials in Providence are trying a new approach to a major quality of life issue. They've modified their strategy to fighting the city's thriving rat population.

The rat population in residential neighborhoods has grown in recent years because of construction downtown. City efforts to control the population by making residents cover their trash cans and through extermination are not keeping up with the rodent's rapid reproduction rate.

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RIPR News
2:00 pm
Thu November 6, 2003

Community Reacts to Young Dismissal

WRNI – The wrongful death trial concerning the fatal shooting of an off duty black Providence police officer by two on duty officers has come to a sudden end. The judge in the case has dismissed the lawsuit over the killing of Cornel Young Jr. The ruling has brought an angry reaction from civil rights advocates.

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RIPR News
12:32 pm
Wed November 5, 2003

Young Case Dismissed

WRNI – The Cornel Young wrongful death lawsuit is done. This morning a federal judge dismissed liability and damages claims against four current and former police officials and the city of Providence. Judge mary Lisi's decision means that although a jury found that one of the officers who shot young violated his constitutional rights, no one is liable or will have to pay.

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RIPR News
1:03 pm
Tue November 4, 2003

Perishable Theater 20th Anniversary

WRNI – WRNI's Deborah Becker talks with artistic director Mark Lehman, and founding artisic director Davis Eliet about the Theaters history of producing educational and cutting edge theater.

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RIPR News
4:15 pm
Mon November 3, 2003

Henry Shelton Profile

WRNI – For more than 35 years a former Catholic priest has fought to improve the lives of the poor in Rhode Island. He is an advocate, who prefers to remain behind the scenes. His causes have included such things as tax breaks for low income workers, school breakfast, and fairer telephone and utility rates. In this profile, WRNI's Brian Jones looks at the tireless efforts of Henry Shelton as he prods news media and public officials.

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Science
1:15 pm
Mon October 20, 2003

Obesity Epidemic

wrni – Rhode Island's obesity rate is at an all-time high. Experts worry that if more isn't done to curb the rate, obesity will overtake tobacco as the leading cause of
preventable disability and death. Obesity
can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes,
heart disease, and respiratory problems, as well as psychological problems. The problem is being addressed at school's, workplaces, and health organizations in the state.

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RIPR News
4:56 pm
Tue October 14, 2003

Drop in R.I. School Rankings

wrni – Annual standardized test scores for 4th, 8th and 10th graders in Rhode Island are similar to last year's. But, for the first time the state is using the new criteria of the federal No Child Left Behind law to assess school performance. This has caused a drop in the number of schools considered high performing.

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RIPR News
2:19 pm
Mon October 6, 2003

Heritage Harbor

WRNI – The board of The 59 million dollar project is considering cutting the museum in half and finding other uses, such as an upscale restaurant and a parking garage, to share the space.

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RIPR News
3:08 pm
Wed August 27, 2003

Shrinking Lobster Catch

WRNI news – In the last few years Rhode Island's lobster population has shriveled to new lows tossing the fishing community into economic disarray. Local lobstermen are working twice as hard, taking more risks for less product and a lot less money. Lobstermen point to poor water quality and the 1996 North cape oil spill but scientist say the cause of the decline is a mystery. The problem is compounded by the spread of a shell disease that is running rampant in the remaining lobster population.

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RIPR News
10:19 am
Wed August 6, 2003

Buddy Cianci Biograghy

Providence, RI – WRNI's Mark Degon talks with Mike Stanton -author of "The Prince of Providence: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Mayor, Some Wiseguys, and the Feds". The unathorized biograghy of former mayor Buddy Cianci was released Tuesday.

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