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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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RIPR News
9:04 am
Mon August 4, 2003

The Prince of Providence

Providence, RI – WRNI's Mark Degon talks with Providence Journal columnist M. Charles Bakst about the portrayal of recent Providence politics in Mike Stanton's "The Prince of Providence" - a new biography about former mayor Buddy Cianci.

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RIPR News
4:28 pm
Thu July 24, 2003

Therapeutic Horseback Riding

Hopkinton, RI – Therapeutic Horseback riding has been around for decades. The practice has grown and now people with brain injuries, autism, alzheimers, multiple sclerosis and mental health issues are turning to horseback riding to improve their health and mobility. However, the medical community remains skeptical because there is a lack of scientific evidence of the therapeutic benefits. WRNI's Rachel Gotbaum reports on the efforts of In Harmony Therapeutic Riding in Hopkinton, RI.

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RIPR News
2:19 pm
Wed July 16, 2003

Tribe and State Head To Court

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RIPR News
4:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2003

The Station Nightclub Fire Victims Fund

Rhode Island – The United Way of Rhode Island has collected more that $1.8m for Station Nightclub fire victims.

This week, the focus for giving away the rest fo the money shifts from helpng with immediate expenses (funerals or one time mortgage payments) to long-term needs. But as WRNI's Martha Bebinger reports, fund advisors are still working to figure out what those needs are.

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