Local Features
7:11 am
Thu September 9, 2010

The Ivy League farmer

Photo by Elisabeth Harrison.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Universities are finding more and more students interested in farming, including those in the Ivy League. In Rhode Island, Brown and other elite college graduates are starting farms and organizing farmer's markets, and they may even be changing the way many traditional farmers see the business. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison has our story.

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RIPR News
6:32 am
Thu September 9, 2010

Robitaille makes claims of overtures

Providence, R.I. – Republican gubernatorial candidate John Robitaille says intermediaries for Democrat Frank Caprio approached him several times about dropping out of the race.

John Robitaille says supporters of Frank Caprio spoke to him at least six times about dropping out of the race. The reward, says Robitaille, would have been any job he wanted in a Caprio administration.

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RIPR News
4:33 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

Christopher Young makes his bid for mayor

Photo courtesy of Christopher Young.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI continues our series of profiles of the five candidates running for mayor of Providence. Democrat Christopher Young is making his third run to lead the city.

The 41-year-old Young lives on Smith Hill. He leads a group he created called the National Civil Rights Coalition. Young supports former Mayor Buddy Cianci's three cities plan to spark more development and open space. He also wants to impose property taxes on Brown University.

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Economy
2:47 pm
Wed September 8, 2010

RI receives millions more for foreclosed homes

U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is seen at the Wednesday news conference announcing the funding. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse announced today that Rhode Island is getting an additional six million dollars to rehab abandoned and foreclosed properties.

This is on top of $19 million the state received earlier for the same purpose.

The money comes from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The money may be used to fix up abandoned and foreclosed properties or help low and moderate income families buy them.

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Top Stories
11:17 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Pawtucket firefighter charged with rape

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Pawtucket firefighter has been charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl. Pawtucket police Major Arthur Martins says the matter came to their attention Monday when the teenage girl filed a complaint.

She said the sexual abuse had happened several times over a period of years. The firefighter, 38 year old Cody Reed, was arrested on charges of first and second degree sexual assault.

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Morning News Podcast
10:57 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Providence, RI – Please listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, September 8, 2010.

Local Features
9:01 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Lessons learned from messing up

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RIPR News
6:48 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Quilt commemorates fallen soldiers

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A very special quilt is on display this week at the Statehouse. It's called the Lost Heroes Quilt.

It's a five by fifteen foot tapestry commemorating the men and women who have died in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Each state is represented by a single serviceperson.

For Rhode Island, it's Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Serio who died in Iraq
in 2004 at the age of 21 during his second tour of duty.

His mother, Sharon Serio says he died doing what he wanted to do.

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RIPR News
6:48 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Providence officer gets 40 years for rape

Providence, RI – A Providence police officer convicted of raping a woman at a police substation has been sentenced to 40 years in prison.

Marcus Huffman was found guilty last spring of picking up the woman outside a Providence nightclub and driving her to the substation where he sexually assaulted her.

Huffman was among the officers who showed up to take the victim's report.

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RIPR News
6:47 am
Wed September 8, 2010

Report links floods to global warming

Providence, RI – A report by Environment Rhode Island links the March flood to a new trend in extreme weather.

A conference held Wednesday brought together U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Warwick Mayor Scott Avedesian with scientists from Brown University and Environment Rhode Island to discuss the danger that Rhode Island faces from global warming.

Whitehouse told the group that Rhode Island can't afford to wait years for change to occur.

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