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8:05 am
Tue May 17, 2011

Civil unions expected to pass

PROVIDENCE, RI – The House Judiciary Committee is expected to pass a civil union bill later that would grant the state rights of marriage to same-sex couples.

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

That explains why the bill is expected to easily pass despite opposition from activist groups with opposing goals.

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5:09 am
Tue May 17, 2011

This I Believe Rhode Island: Tall Treasure

WRNI – Even for the most seasoned Rhode Islanders, the Ocean State harbors lots of savory secrets, some tucked away in the folds of South County's farmland and others in Woonsocket's triple deckers. This week we feature a poem by Rhode Island's poet laureate emeritus, Tom Chandler, about a tall treasure in Foster that is part of who we are.

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RIPR News
4:06 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Judge sentences two of three former N. Providence officials

PROVIDENCE, RI – A federal judge has thrown the book at two former North Providence town councilors who admitted to taking bribes in exchange for favorable votes on zoning and licensing issues.

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RIPR News
4:02 pm
Mon May 16, 2011

Landmark bidder drops out

PROVIDENCE,RI – Transition Healthcare Company has pulled its bid to purchase Landmark Medical Center. Transition was one of three bidders looking to take over the troubled Woonsocket medical center.

Friday Judge Michael Silverstein allowed Landmark to open up talks in case he fails to reach a decision by the end of May.

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RIPR News
10:12 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Patrick Kennedy comes-clean

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Rhode Island congressman Patrick Kennedy is opening up about why he decided to bow out of public life.

In an interview aired on CNN, Kennedy told Dr. Sanjay Gupta his congressional duties were interfering with his efforts to stay clean and sober.

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Morning News Podcast
9:11 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Monday, May 16, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, May 16, 2011.

Scott MacKay Commentary
8:51 am
Mon May 16, 2011

How to save a million taxpayer dollars

PROVIDENCE, RI – In this time of recession and state and municipal budget red ink, one would think the politicians would be looking at every dollar of spending. WRNI's Scott MacKay suggests a painless way to save taxpayers a $1 million a year.

House Speaker Gordon Fox said it best three weeks ago when he opposed Governor Chafee's plan for extending sales taxes to some items that are now tax-free.

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RIPR News
8:41 am
Mon May 16, 2011

John Ratzenberger's keynote

PROVIDENCE, RI – A governor, a mayor and a congressman addressed the Providence College graduation ceremony held at the Dunkin Donuts Center yesterday. But, as WRNI's Flo Jonic reports the man who drew the biggest excitement was former Cheers' actor John Ratzenberger.

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8:35 am
Mon May 16, 2011

Cicilline responds to challengers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman David Cicilline is only four months into his first term but already he has a couple of opponents.

Former state representative John Loughlin, who challenged Cicilline in November, is expected to try again. And former state police superintendent Brendan Doherty threw his hat into the ring last week.

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RIPR News
2:15 pm
Sat May 14, 2011

Woodmansee mental evaluations due next week

PROVIDENCE, RI – Evaluations by two physicians on Michael Woodmansee's mental condition are complete and will be handed in next week. And there will also be a hearing next week on an infraction that may keep him behind bars a little longer.


The evaluations are extremely confidential. And they must say Woodmansee needs care and treatment in a mental facility in order to have him involuntarily committed.

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