Local Features
11:14 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Dr. Fine on restructuring RI's health care system

Department of Health Director Dr. Michael Fine
Rhode Island Department of Health

Providence, RI – The new director of the Rhode Island Department of Health has a distinct vision for his office. Dr. Michael Fine intends to spend the next five years restructuring the state's health care system. He sat down with WRNI's Health Care Reporter Megan Hall to talk in detail about his plan.

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Top Stories
9:30 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Central Falls receiver to announce decision on bankruptcy

Providence, RI – Today is the day Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. is expected to announce whether he will seek bankruptcy. He's also looking at pulling the school district into the bankruptcy filing.

Central Falls would be the first municipality in Rhode Island to file for Chapter 9 bankruptcy protection and it could happen as soon as today. Central Falls City Councilor James Diossa says police and fire retirees' refusal to take drastic pension cuts has left Flanders with few options.

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RIPR News
9:13 am
Mon August 1, 2011

RIPTA riders to protest proposed cuts in bus service

Providence, RI – The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority will hold another hearing today on a proposed seven percent service cut. But one group of riders isn't waiting for the hearing to begin to express their concerns.

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Economy
9:04 am
Mon August 1, 2011

RI's Congressional delegation reviewing debt ceiling agreement

Providence, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin says he is reviewing a deal that would allow the federal government to avoid defaulting on its debt. The Rhode Island Democrat has not said whether he will support the deal. It calls for spending cuts, but would not raise taxes on the wealthy. Langevin says it is important that the US remain in good standing with its creditors. However, he says a fair solution should include both spending cuts and tax increases for higher income households.

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Morning News Podcast
8:35 am
Mon August 1, 2011

Monday, August 1, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, August 1, 2011.

RIPR News
9:02 pm
Sun July 31, 2011

What needs to be done to fix RIPTA?

Story Corps
9:21 am
Sat July 30, 2011

Ju-Pong Lin and Sally Mendzela

Ju-Pong Lin and Sally Mendzela

PROVIDENCE, RI – Born in Taiwan, Ju-Pong moved to Montreal as a young child. In kindergarten she is given the name "Polly" by her kindergarten teacher because Her father wants her to have an English sounding name. She describes deciding in graduate school to again use the name Ju-Pong.

Local Features
11:28 am
Fri July 29, 2011

RI's disability community speaks out

Rebecca Beaton testifies at the Warwick disability forum
Photo by Megan Hall

Providence, RI – The state spent this week seeking feedback from Rhode Island's disability community. Public meetings across the state were open forums for complaints, praise, and ideas about how to make the Ocean State more accessible. But WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall reports most disabled residents can't get past their fear of losing basic services.

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RIPR News
8:44 am
Fri July 29, 2011

State officials prepare for possible default on debt crisis

Providence, RI – State lawmakers are trying to determine the impact of a default if Congress fails to reach an agreement to raise the nations' debt limit by next Tuesday's deadline.

Deputy Chief of Staff for the Chafee Administration Jamia McDonald says the Governor is hopeful that Congress will reach an agreement, but the state is taking steps in case that doesn't happen.

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Morning News Podcast
8:08 am
Fri July 29, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, July 29 2011.

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