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9:58 am
Thu February 14, 2002

Short Attention Span Classics

Warren, RI – The 2nd Story Theatre Company thinks theatergoers like their plays short and sweet. Through April, the company is presenting a series called "Short Attention Span Classics." It is made up of four different programs, each containing brief plays written by major playwrights. WRNI Theater Critic Bill Marx has some condensed thoughts.

"Short Attention Span Classics" runs through April 21.

LINK: 2nd Story Theatre

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RIPR News
9:04 am
Thu February 14, 2002

Almond Proposes Little New Spending

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Almond's final state budget contains no major spending cuts, but no major increases either. The governor submitted a $5.3 billion dollars spending plan Wednesday. That is less than 1% more than the budget enacted for the current fiscal year.

LINK: Read the Full Budget

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RIPR News
4:20 pm
Thu February 7, 2002

State Of The State

Gov. Lincoln Almond (AP)

Providence, RI – With the usual pomp and circumstance, Governor Lincoln Almond delivered his final State of the State address Wednesday night. Almond said he anticipates a quick economic recovery and stress the importance of maintaining a competitive business environment, while also protecting low income children.

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RIPR News
10:56 am
Thu February 7, 2002

Many Obstacles To Brownfield Redevelopment

West Warwick, RI – Governor Almond indicated in his State of the State address Wednesday night that he will propose new tax incentives to encourage redevelopment of abandoned, polluted parcels of land, known as brownfields. The state has been trying to encourage brownfield redevelopment since 1995, but with only limited success.

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RIPR News
10:32 am
Thu February 7, 2002

Langston Hughes Remembered

Providence, RI – Libraries and Museums in Rhode Island are hosting special events throughout the month of February to mark the centennial of the birth of African American writer Langston Hughes.

The Providence Public Library hosts and exhibit and series of lectures from February 9 through February 28.

WRNI?s Pamela Watts spoke with two of the scholars, who will presenting lectures.

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RIPR News
4:51 pm
Wed February 6, 2002

Homeless Staying Longer In Shelters

RI – A new report from the Rhode Island Emergency Food and Shelter Board finds poor families are spending more time in the state's shelters because of the lack of affordable housing.

The annual report finds children are spending record amounts of time in shelters which is an indication of the problems that families are having in finding places to live.

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RIPR News
10:18 am
Wed February 6, 2002

Searching for A Home

WRNI – A new report from the Rhode Island Emergency Food and Shelter Board finds poor families are spending more time in the state's shelters because of the lack of affordable housing.

The annual report finds children are spending record amounts of time in shelters which is an indication of the problems that families are having in finding places to live.

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RIPR News
3:13 pm
Tue February 5, 2002

New School Requirments Proposed

WRNI – Two state lawmakers are proposing sweeping changes in state laws about public school education.

Their bill would create tighter state regulations about what time schools start and end the day and the minimum age for beginning and finishing school. It would also create a maximum class size for each grade and for some subjects.

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RIPR News
1:37 pm
Mon February 4, 2002

Super Bowl Victory Means Lots of Work For Local Company

Pawtucket, RI – The New England Patriots' Super Bowl XXXVI brought a lot of work for a Pawtucket printing company. Mirror Images Inc is producing Patriots championship tee shirts.

Producing as many as 700 shirts an hour, Mirror Images owner Rick Roth expects to keep machines running at least through Wednesday.

Employees began work a few minutes after the Patriots 20-17 win over the Saint Louis Rams Sunday night.

WRNI's Mark Degon paid a visit to Roth as work was getting under way.

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9:58 am
Mon February 4, 2002

Patriots Win Super Bowl

New Orleans, LA – New England stunned heavily favored St. Louis 20-17 when Adam Vinatieri kicked a 48-yard game-winning field goal as time expired Sunday in a Super Bowl with an ultra-patriotic red, white and blue theme.

The winning kick set off raucous celebrations by the Patriots and capped a spectacular worst-to-first turnaround by a team that finished last in the AFC East in 2000.

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