Morning News Podcast
9:03 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, May 11, 2011.

RIPR News
8:44 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Opponents line-up to challenge Cicilline

PROVIDENCE, RI – David Cicilline's Republican congressional opponent from last year, John Loughlin, plans to take another run against the Democrat.

Loughlin, a lieutenant colonel in the Army, is getting ready to leave this month for a military deployment to Iraq before his scheduled return in December.

The former GOP state rep from Tiverton says that will leave more than adequate time to challenge Cicilline.

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Top Stories
8:33 am
Wed May 11, 2011

Civil union legislation moves forward

PROVIDENCE, RI – The House Judiciary Committee is slated to consider a bill legalizing civil unions between same-sex couples.

The civil union bill enjoys the stated support of House Speaker Gordon Fox, Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed, and Governor Lincoln Chafee.

But the advocacy group Marriage Equality Rhode Island is still pushing for same-sex marriage. Ray Sullivan is that group's campaign director.

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RIPR News
8:22 am
Wed May 11, 2011

RI Education Commissioner upsets Diane Ravitch

PROVIDENCE, RI –

The state Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education upsets a national expert on educational policy.

In blog post on Education Week, New York University Professor and author, Diane Ravitch, writes that during a meeting with Deborah Gist and Governor Lincoln Chafee, Gist interrupted her whenever she spoke, and dominated the limited time she had with the governor.

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RIPR News
7:34 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Central Falls receiver says bankruptcy an option

Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. at a Senate Finance hearing.
Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Central Falls receiver says time is the city's biggest enemy as it tries to avoid bankruptcy.

Receiver Robert Flanders Jr. called bankruptcy the option of last resort, and merging with neighboring Pawtucket as the best solution for Central Falls.

The city is looking at a ledger showing it will run out of cash for its police and fire pensions by October. Flanders says the city is going to need either cash from the state or concessions from the unions

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One Square Mile: Woonsocket
5:57 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Woonsocket Community Forum

Woonsocket Community Forum

Woonsocket, RI – Scott MacKay leads a discussion on issues facing Woonsocket.

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RIPR News
3:23 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Murder sparks call for more police on Federal Hill

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Senator Paul Jabour is asking Providence police to step up patrols in the Federal Hill neighborhood.


The call for added security comes in the wake of the murder of a 17-year-old girl and the stabbing of her older sister. The incident reportedly followed a fight.

Jabour says these aren't the only criminal incidents to occur in Federal Hill in recent weeks and it has to stop.

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RIPR News
2:29 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

Landmark decision delayed again

Provience, RI – Once again, Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein is delaying his decision on who should buy Woonsocket based Landmark Medical Center.

Silverstein says he's not satisfied with the progress the three bidders have made on their offers.

Regional Care still needs to negotiate a contract with the Union and Transition Health Care needs to draw up a purchase agreement with Landmark.

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Top Stories
12:19 pm
Tue May 10, 2011

A conversation with Diane Ravitch

Diane Ravitch is the Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education.
Photo courtesy of Diane Ravitch

PROVIDENCE, RI – Diane Ravitch is Research Professor of Education at New York University and a historian of education. She's the author of "The Death and Life of the Great American School System: How Testing and Choice Are Undermining Education."

WRNI's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison sits down with Ravitch to discuss the state of the American school system. And how it impacts places like Rhode Island.

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10:22 am
Tue May 10, 2011

This I Believe Rhode Island: Mortality

WRNI – It's inevitable that we reach a certain age in our lives when we begin to contemplate our own mortality. For some, these reflections are filled with trepidation and angst; for others there's a sort of wise equanimity. Rabbi James Rosenberg shares his poignant insights about what it means to anticipate the end of one's life, especially as he celebrates the birth of a new generation.

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