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8:34 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Body of missing Brown Univ. coach found in Conn.

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. – A missing Brown University women's assistant soccer coach has been found dead three weeks after being reported missing.

Police said Sunday that 56-year-old Denis Chartier of Burrillville, R.I., was discovered dead inside his car on Saturday morning in a commuter parking lot off Route 395 in Griswold, Conn.

Police say the death is being investigated but no foul play is suspected.

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Morning News Podcast
7:47 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Monday, February 28, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, February 28, 2011.

Local Features
7:28 am
Mon February 28, 2011

COMMENTARY: Changing perceptions of politics in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Staring out from the front page of The Providence Journal last Thursday was yet another blemish on our state's political culture: The photo of three former North Providence councilmen who have agreed to plead guilty to extortion and bribery charges that will land them in federal prison.

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RIPR News
7:24 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Former N. Providence councilmen to enter pleas this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three former North Providence town councilmen and a businessman are slated to plead guilty today and tomorrow to corruption charges in a series of bribery and extortion
schemes.

Former councilmen Joseph Burchfield and Raymond Douglas III are scheduled to enter their pleas in U.S. District Court in Providence today, as is Edward Imondi, a developer accused of acting as a middleman in the scheme.


The third former councilman, John Zambarano, is scheduled to enter his plea tomorrow.

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RIPR News
7:21 am
Mon February 28, 2011

RI mobster to enter guilty plea this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island mobster is due in court this week to plead guilty to a murder for hire plot.


Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent is scheduled to change his plea to guilty during a federal court appearance Tuesday. According to court documents, St. Laurent tried to hire various people to kill fellow Mafia member Robert DeLuca who had publicly accused St. Laurent of being a government informant.

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RIPR News
8:23 am
Sat February 26, 2011

Makers of sustainable vessel fight to dock in Providence

A view from \"Landlord Independent.\" Photo by Natalie Jablonski.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tucked into Conley's Wharf in South Providence, a ramshackle barge bobs peacefully at the end of a pier off Allens Avenue. The vessel looks more like a floating tree house than a typical motorboat, but owner Zachary Weindel says his home, named Landlord Independent, is a part of the industrial waterfront.

"The boat really blends in, with the cedar poles that stick up and the dock it's kind of an urban camoflage," says Weindel.

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RIPR News
6:42 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

Gifford on 6 years as Director of the Department of Health

Providence, RI – This week is officially the end of Dr. David Gifford's term as the Rhode Island Director of the Department of Health. Gifford resigned from the post back in January and is spending his last days on vacation. Before he left, Gifford met with WRNI's Health Care reporter Megan Hall to reflect on his six years at the department.

By lunch time on his last day at work, Dr. David Gifford's office was almost bare.

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Local Features
6:42 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

What Now: Implementing the health care overhaul in Rhode Island

Policy and Pinot

WRNI – A discussion on the realities of health care reform in the Ocean State. The program was produced in conjunction with the Providence Athenaeum and recorded at the Athenaeum on February 22. 2011

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RIPR News
3:57 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

GIfford on 6 years as Director of the Department of Health

Providence, RI – This week is officially the end of Dr. David Gifford's term as the Rhode Island Director of the Department of Health. Gifford resigned from the post back in January and is spending his last days on vacation. Before he left, Gifford met with WRNI's Health Care reporter Megan Hall to reflect on his six years at the department.

By lunch time on his last day at work, Dr. David Gifford's office was almost bare.

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Economy
7:01 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Consultant: RI could tap into tourism's potential with better marketing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A consultant says Rhode Island's tourism industry is losing market share to states that do a better job promoting themselves.


Mitch Nichols says the Ocean State has great attractions, but is getting out-marketed by Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. The Arizona-based consultant was hired by the state Economic Development Corporation.

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