This I Believe Rhode Island
10:30 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

No Strong Belief

RIPR News
3:14 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

"Trouble in Toyland" lists most dangerous toys

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group is out with its 26th annual list of the most dangerous toys on the market. It's in a document they call "Trouble in Toyland."


The Hot Wheels toy looks harmless enough: just a battery powered car. But officials with the Rhode Island Public Interest Research Group say the 93 decibels it puts out can damage a child's hearing. It's one of 25 toys that made RIPIRG's dangerous toy list this year, according to RIPIRG spokesman Ryan Pierannunzi.

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RIPR News
3:06 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Providence seeking peaceful mediation with Occupy protesters

Protesters hang out in Providence's Burnside Park
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – While some cities are taking a heavy handed approach with Occupy protesters, Providence is trying to negotiate a way to get them out of Burnside Park. A third party is now being brought in to mediate.

Attorney Miriam Weizenbaum, who represents Occupy Providence protesters, said Superior Court Chief Justice Alice Gibney has agreed to mediate a solution to the standoff. The city evicted the protesters from Burnside Park October 30th. The protesters ignored the order, asserting their first amendment right to assemble.

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RIPR News
11:43 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Food stamps won't arrive early for the holidays

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Islanders won't be getting their food stamps early for the holiday season. The state is canceling a program that handed out the monthly benefit before Thanksgiving and Christmas instead on the first of the month.

Fred Sneesby with the Department of Human Services says the attempt at holiday cheer often meant Rhode Islanders ran out of food stamps when they really needed them.

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RIPR News
10:35 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Johnson and Wales offers Thanksgiving feast for homeless

PROVIDENCE, RI – Johnson and Wales University will welcome more than a thousand needy residents at today's Thanksgiving meal.

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Morning News Podcast
9:47 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island could feel the affects of federal defense cuts, and home values across the state continue to drop... hear that and more on Rhode Island Public Radio's Morning Edition Podcast.

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9:39 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Brown Students Serve and Die in the Civil War

The names of 21 Brown University men who died in the Civil War are commemorated on a bronze plaque at Manning Hall. In addition, at least 13 men with ties to Brown died for the Confederacy.
Photo by Flo Jonic.

PROVIDENCE, RI – As we continue our examination of Rhode Island's role in the Civil War, we cast an eye on Brown University. In the South some universities closed because so many students joined the Confederate Army. This didn't happen in the north but hundreds of Brown students joined the cause.

Brown history professor Michael Vorenberg says the typical enlistee was an 18 year old freshman.

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RIPR News
8:15 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Defense cuts could be felt at home

PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says the possibility of defense cuts in Rhode Island can't be ruled out if Congress fails to reach agreement on plans to cut the deficit.

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RIPR News
8:10 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Occupy Providence propose statehouse march

PROVIDENCE, RI – Occupy Providence is proposing a march to the Statehouse next month. The protest group says it wants the demonstration, tentatively scheduled for December 10, to promote housing rights for the homeless and those facing foreclosure. A spokesman for the movement says the march would end with the group pitching tents on the Capitol grounds. There is no word how long the group would stay at the statehouse. Occupy Providence will discuss the proposal tonight at Burnside Park, where the group has been camping since mid October.

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RIPR News
7:10 am
Tue November 22, 2011

Home values fall to new low

PROVIDENCE, RI – The value of Rhode Island homes is at a two-and-a-half year low. That's the word from the Rhode Island Association of Realtors which is out with its monthly report.

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