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9:21 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Providence police chief to stay on

Police Commissioner Steven Pare outlines the report as Mayor Angel Taveras and Col. Dean Esserman look on.
Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he supports the retention of Police Chief Col. Dean Esserman. The recommendation to keep Esserman is part of an evaluation of the police department's management team that emphasizes a high standard for conduct.

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Morning News Podcast
8:29 am
Tue April 12, 2011

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, April 12, 2011.

This I Believe Rhode Island
7:28 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Magic

WRNI – During life's most stressful and perplexing moments, some of us yearn for a little bit of magic, or perhaps a lot of magic, to help us weather the storm. And what about those magical moments when we feel deeply moved by mysteries of the universe or in awe of some sort of natural phenomenon? Maybe, just maybe, as Ben Jolivet believes, there is real magic in our lives.

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RIPR News
5:40 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

Governor waiting for an alternative to his tax plan

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee's plan to plug a huge state deficit he inherited has met a hail of criticism. WRNI political analyst Scott Mackay wonders if some of these naysayers have a better idea.

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
1:13 pm
Mon April 11, 2011

RI has 20 percent wage gap between men and women

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is pretty much in the middle of a national state ranking of wage gaps between men and women.


Rhode Island women earn, on average, about $40,000 a year compared to the average man's wage of $50,000. That's a 20 percent difference, according to a report published by the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit group that promotes workplace fairness.


The Partnership's Sarah Crawford says women with children fair even worse.

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RIPR News
11:00 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Rhode Island Mall bumps up closing date

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Mall is closing a little earlier than expected.

Frank Silva, the owner of First Place Sports at Rhode Island Mall, thought he had until May 22nd to vacate the premises. But he learned last week that the closing date has been moved up to May 1st.

"The manager of the mall came down about a week ago and spoke to some of the workers in this mall - not including me - and said the doors would be shutting at the end of April," says Silva.

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Morning News Podcast
8:08 am
Mon April 11, 2011

Monday, April 11, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, April 11, 2011.

Local Features
1:06 pm
Sun April 10, 2011

The life of a trout before opening day

Hatchery manager Peter Angelone. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Some 20,000 anglers woke up early this past Saturday morning, grabbed their fishing poles, and put in a line on opening day of Rhode Island's freshwater fishing season. Fish & Wildlife officials say opening day might be the largest sporting event in the state.

It's cold and dark with just a hint of morning light as Phil Casto fiddles with his daughter's fishing line. "I'm rigging up the pole for my daughter Luciana," Casto says.

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RIPR News
7:33 am
Sat April 9, 2011

Anglers cast a line on opening day

Waiting to start fishing at Slater Park Pond in Pawtucket. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Thousands of anglers are casting their lines this morning, the opening day of the freshwater fishing season. The season started at 6:00 Saturday.

The state's Division of Fish and Wildlife expects more than 20,000 people will be out catching fish. John Hebert from Woonsocket was at Slater Park Pond getting fishing poles ready for his cousins.

"I usually catch quite a few. I don't really care, the kids like catching them, and I just eat em. So it works out," says Hebert.

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RIPR News
5:38 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Another salmonella death

Providence, RI – The death toll connected to contaminated pastries at Defusco's bakery in Johnston has risen to two.

The elderly man in his 90s from Providence County ate a pastry from DeFusco's bakery on March 19th and started feeling symptoms of salmonella poisoning six days later. He spent more than a week in the hospital before he died Thursday.

Annemarie Beardsworth with the Department of Health says sick, older residents are particularly vulnerable to the food borne illness.

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