Morning News Podcast
7:59 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Monday, June 13, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, June 13, 2011.

RIPR News
6:51 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Chafee on historic tax credit: not now.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayors in some of Rhode Island's distressed cities say reactivating the state historic tax credit would bolster economic development. But Governor Lincoln Chafee says it's not the right time to renew the program.

The General Assembly is considering two bills to reactivate the tax credit program after it was suspended in 2008. Chafee says he likes that idea, but he finds fault with the timing.

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RIPR News
6:35 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Residents try to pay-off George Cohan's bust

PROVIDENCE, RI – A fundraiser was held in Providence to help pay off a sculpture of George M. Cohan. The bronze bust stands at the intersection of Governor and Wickenden Streets in Providence, just a few feet from where the famed Broadway showman was born.

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RIPR News
6:27 am
Mon June 13, 2011

A Stephen King short

EJ Meyers, the Providence man who has landed the filming rights to a Stephen King short story.

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence man has won the rights to produce a feature film based on a Stephen King short story.

E. J. Meyers, a 31 year old Providence man, has been sending screenplays to Hollywood producers for a few years. And now his first one has been picked up by none other than famed horror writer Stephen King.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
6:15 am
Mon June 13, 2011

Reinstate the historic preservation tax credit

PROVIDENCE, RI – One of Rhode Island's greatest assets is the respect we have for our storied past. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says the General Assembly can nurture our state's historic architecture and generate jobs.

The talk at the State House these days is gloomy. State government is broke, public pension liabilities threaten our economic future and unemployment is still hovers in double digits.

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RIPR News
4:44 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

RI Hospital hires strike breakers

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Rhode Island Hospital is paying a company to replace its nurses if they decide to strike.

The contract between Rhode Island Hospital and the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Union expires at the end of the month, and hospital leaders are preparing for a strike.

In response to an inquiry from WRNI, the hospital confirmed that it's hired temporary nurses and other health care professionals in case there's a work stoppage.

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RIPR News
3:10 pm
Fri June 10, 2011

No heat records broken in Rhode Island

Residents get out of the heat in downtown Providence.
Photo by: Catherine Welch

PROVIDENCE, RI – Thanks to some cloud cover it doesn't look like Rhode Island broke any warm weather records Thursday. But that doesn't mean it isn't uncomfortably warm.

High humidity coupled with a temperature in the mid 80's had people staying close to air conditioners. Nick Rezendes is looking forward to cooler weather this week-end.

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RIPR News
11:31 am
Fri June 10, 2011

RI to get $27,000 from drug settlement

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is getting a small slice of a more than 30 million dollar multi-state settlement with a drug company that made false claims about its product.

UCB, inc agreed to the sum after marketing an anti-epilepsy drug called Keppra for unapproved purposes including headaches, migraines, and anxiety disorder.

The Ocean State will get 27 thousand dollars.

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
10:16 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Zipcar exanding services in Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – The popular car-sharing service Zipcar is expanding into Providence. Zipcar has held partnerships with city universities for over five years. But Thursday's announcement will focus the service more centrally downtown.


Brown's Executive Vice President for Planning Dick Spies says though the school's program started with just two cars, it now records about 30,000 miles per month.

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RIPR News
10:14 am
Fri June 10, 2011

Providence firefighters not thrilled with negotiations

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence Firefighters Union says firefighters aren't thrilled with the concessions the city is asking them to make. The union held two meetings Thursday to update members on the status of contract negotiations.

Union president Paul Doughty says the city is threatening to lay off 58 firefighters if they don't give up a three percent raise scheduled to take effect June 30th.

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