RIPR News
4:58 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Faith community push for compassion when crafting the state budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Members of Rhode Island's faith community will converge onto the state house Wednesday to urge lawmakers to spare the state's poorest residents while putting together the budget.

Marty Cooper is with the Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island. He says the message will be to govern with compassion.


"So that social services remain the same or are increased. So people could not be homeless, so that people would not go to bed hungry, and that people would have good health care," says Cooper.

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RIPR News
2:51 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Mystic Aquarium off the hook for millions in debt

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Mystic Aquarium, one of the biggest tourist attractions in southern New England, is getting a major break.

Citibank has agreed to forgive $15 million of the organization's $34 million debt. And if the aquarium can raise an additional $4 million, another $5 million will be lopped off the amount they owe.

Peter Glankoff, senior vice president of the Sea Research Foundation which operates the aquarium, called it a "transforming settlement."

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RIPR News
12:01 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Policy and Pinot: 2010, an election season to remember

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's 2010 election was eagerly anticipated for years by political junkies. The high stakes governor's race and the race to fill the seat vacated by Patrick Kennedy were among the topics discussed at the WRNI Policy and Pinot on December 7th, 2010. You can listen to a broadcast of the discussion here.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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RIPR News
11:58 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Political Roundtable: the 2011 inauguration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to a special edition of Political Roundtable taking a look at the 2011 inauguration. WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis is joined by WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay and state Democratic Chairman Ed Pacheco.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Local Features
11:51 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Breaking down inauguration 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Lincoln Chafee era in Rhode Island government has officially begun. Chafee was sworn in yesterday as the first independent governor in the state since colonial times. WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay and Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison break down yesterday's events and what's in store for Chafee.

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Morning News Podcast
10:19 am
Wed January 5, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

This I Believe Rhode Island
5:21 am
Wed January 5, 2011

The Power of Story

WRNI – Everybody has a story. Some of us have the proverbial short story of our lives, one that's rather linear and uncomplicated. But others of us have a much more intricate, novel-like set of stories, filled with complex, sometimes hair-raising, plots. Whatever our stories, we need to share them with each other, as we hear from Rachel Walshe.

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RIPR News
3:21 pm
Tue January 4, 2011

House Finance Committee poised for makeover

The most recent chairman of the House Finance Committee, Steven Costantino, used to keep a photo in his State House office showing him with his head in his hands. Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – With the General Assembly starting its new session Tuesday, the legislature's most powerful committee - the House Finance Committee - is about to go through a drastic makeover. The committee faces a steep learning curve just as the state approaches a gaping budget deficit for the next fiscal year.

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WRNI VIDEO
11:52 am
Tue January 4, 2011

See the inauguration 2011 slideshow

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RIPR News
9:49 am
Tue January 4, 2011

Chafee due to be sworn in as first modern day independent governor

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's first independent governor since colonial times will be sworn in today at the state capitol. Lincoln Chafee will take the reins with the state facing a nearly $300-million shortfall.

Sensitive to the state's budget woes, Chafee scaled back the inauguration festivities by skipping the pomp and throwing a free Waterfire in downtown Providence. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says it's similar to the Linc Almond inauguration 16 years ago.

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