Politics
9:01 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Chafee delivers message of hope, taxes in State of the State

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee used his State of the State address to make the case for two new tax proposals.

Chafee wants to use a 2% hike in the meal and beverage tax to steer more money to K-12 education. The governor says that an investment in the state that will relieve pressure on property taxes for struggling cities and towns.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:58 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Domestic Violence Education

RIPR – It's every parent's worst fear: the middle-of-the-night phone call or the knock on the front door that's followed by the delivery of bad news. Very bad news. Fortunately, most parents never have to live this nightmare. Sadly, and all too often, parents who want to believe that bad news is part of a terrifying dream learn that, indeed, the worst has happened. With remarkable strength, Ann Burke tells us what she has come to believe as a parent who has endured what no parent should have to endure.

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RIPR News
8:30 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

BofA leaving Superman building

PROVIDENCE, RI – It's official. Bank of America is vacating the Superman building - the iconic Providence skyscraper nicknamed for its resemblance to the building in the Superman TV show. Unless another tenant can be found the tallest building in Rhode Island will be vacant because Bank of America is its only tenant.

Tuesday was the deadline for renewing the lease. Bank of America spokesman T. J. Crawford says the company elected not to stay for economic reasons.

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Politics
1:55 pm
Tue January 31, 2012

Former Gov. J. Joseph Garrahy laid to rest

Garrahy's casket at Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul
Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Governor J. Joseph Garrahy has been laid to rest after a funeral attended by powerful politicians and ordinary citizens. He was remembered as a man who never forgot his humble roots.


The Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul was nearly full for the funeral of former Governor Joe Garrahy, who died last week at the age of 81.

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RIPR News
9:30 am
Tue January 31, 2012

ACLU considering lawsuit against Central Falls receiver

PROVIDENCE, RI –
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union says it's considering a lawsuit against the receiver in charge of Central Falls. ACLU Executive Director Stephen Brown says Robert Flanders is overstepping his bounds as receiver by delegating the responsibilities of running the city to staff members. Brown says his office has received reports that a recent parking ban in Central Falls was approved by a hearing officer. Flanders insists he hasn't delegated his responsibility to anyone.

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Morning News Podcast
9:19 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Tuseday, January 31st, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence can't unilaterally change the health plan it offers to public safety retirees, and Rhode Island hospitals are in the red...all this and more on RIPR's Morning Edition Podcast.

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Local Features
9:15 am
Tue January 31, 2012

A chilly mission to the Bering Sea

Photo by URI Marine Biologist Robert Campbell

PROVIDENCE, RI – University of Rhode Island Marine Biologist Robert Campbell recently returned from a trip to the arctic, where he was on the first-ever winter research mission in the Bering Sea. Campbell studies tiny ocean animals known as plankton to try to predict the effects of global warming. RIPR education reporter Elisabeth Harrison visited his lab on URI's bay campus to find out more about his most recent arctic voyage.

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RIPR News
8:56 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Chafee to deliver State of the State

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee will use his State of the State address this evening to discuss plans for closing a $120 million budget deficit.

Chafee hinted at various events that he wants to help the state's struggling cities and towns. The governor has repeatedly mentioned how municipalities have been stripped of almost $200 million in state aid over recent years.

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RIPR News
4:43 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Patrick Kennedy heads to the classroom

Patrick Kennedy with co-teachers Judy Bentkover and John Davenport.
Photo by Megan Hall

PROVIDENCE,RI – Former Rhode Island Congressman Patrick Kennedy went back to school today. Not to learn, but to teach at Brown University.

Patrick Kennedy joins a team of academics to teach a weekly class entitled "The Race to Inner Space." The nearly three hour course introduces students to experts in the fields of neuroscience, mental health, and public policy. Students must then design practical proposals for funding successful brain science research.

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RIPR News
3:56 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

RI hospitals lost money in 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island Hospitals as a whole lost more money than they earned in 2011. It's the first time in recent memory that the industry hasn't made a profit.

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