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The newly rebuilt Pawtucket River Bridge was re-dedicated Thursday.

The nearly 600-foot span connects Massachusetts and Rhode Island via Interstate 95.  The original span, built in 1958, had become so rundown the bridge had to be closed to multi axle trucks.  

Truckers who used the bridge risked a three thousand dollar ticket. Governor Lincoln Chafee remembered those truckers in his prepared remarks.

In a ceremonial signing, Care New England and Memorial Hospital will formalize a new partnership Tuesday.

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Transgender issues have been the the news quite a bit lately, following the announcement from Bradley Manning, the army private who leaked documents to WikiLeaks, that she is transgender and will now be living as Chelsea Manning.

Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison speaks with All Things Considered Host Dave Fallon about a Pawtucket student she profiled, who has been openly transgender for a year now.  

Hanna Rini, who is 12, started junior high school this week. 

Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

It’s back to school season in Rhode Island. There’s an ever so subtle hint of fall in the air and schools around the state are opening their doors again for students after the long summer break.

With the first day of school comes that familiar mix of nerves and excitement. Will my friends be the same?  What new people will I meet? Will I like my teachers? And perhaps no start of school is quite as nerve-wracking as the first day of junior high.

The fate of the bit bull that bit a Warwick police officer over the weekend will be decided at a vicious dog hearing. Warwick police say an officer was responding to a domestic disturbance call Saturday morning when he was bitten by a pit bull.

The officer was arresting a 19-year-old man outside a home when a woman opened the door and a pit bull ran out and bit the officer twice. The officer fired two rounds, injuring the dog. Police say the officer was treated for two bites on his leg and is recovering. The pit bull remains at an animal hospital.

Woonsocket and Pawtucket are asking the Rhode Island Supreme Court to intervene in their effort to get more funding from the state. The districts filed briefs late last week, arguing they do not receive enough state aid to meet the state’s basic education requirements. The districts claim their students are being denied equal access to an education, in violation of their rights under the state constitution.


Rhode Island will mark its annual Victory Day holiday Monday. The holiday marking the US victory over Japan in World War 2 is not without some controversy.

Rhode Island has for years been the only state to still celebrate what was once known as Victory Over Japan Day. Thanks to support from veterans and other defenders, the holiday has survived occasional attempts to rename or eliminate it.

The City of Central Falls plans to repair and pave 16 roads. Mayor James Diossa said the Pawtucket Water Supply Board is ripping up the roads to make repairs to water mains. Instead of just patching the roads back together, the city will completely repave them.

“Pawtucket Water Supply opens up the roads and they were willing to grid the roads and leave it to the point where we just have to cover it with asphalt,” said Diossa, “so that’s why it’s very, very cheap for 16 roads.”

The City of Pawtucket said a new state law blocking cities and towns from banning certain breeds of animals does not apply to them.   At issue is Pawtucket’s longstanding ban against the ownership of pit bulls. 

Pawtucket officials said they will continue to enforce a ban on pit bulls despite a new state law that forbids cities and towns from outlawing the ownership of specific breeds of dogs or cats. Pawtucket director of administration Tony Pires said the law applies only to future bans, not ones already on the books like theirs.

Next up the Charlotte Knights at McCoy Stadium

Jun 4, 2013

A strong PawSox team is ready to take on the Charlotte Knights starting tonight.  The PawSox aren't planning on any major changes for the upcoming series tonight.

After being on the road against Louisville, Indianapolis, and the home series against Syracuse, the PawSox have won eight out of their last ten games.  The PawSox are having a successful 2013 season.  Manager Gary DiSarcina said he doesn’t believe in making any drastic changes preparing for Charlotte.

The City of Pawtucket is stepping up efforts to combat a rat problem. The city gets ten to 15 complaints a week about the rodents.

The City of Pawtucket has set out 85 rat bait stations. But unlike previous years, where they might have gone unchecked for up to two months, they’re now being checked, and re-baited if necessary, every two weeks. Shawn Logue, the city’s Code Enforcement Director, said the rat problem is most prevalent in two neighborhoods.

PawSox up Against Gwinnett Braves

May 7, 2013

The PawSox are away to take on the Gwinnett Braves for the next three of a four game series on the road in Georgia.  Monday’s 5 -1 win was the ninth loss in a row for the Gwinnett Braves.  Pawsox spokesman Bill Wanless said this gives the PawSox a boost for tonight’s game against the Braves.

“First up we got to take care of business down in Georgia tonight and then in Charlotte over the weekend before we come home,” said Wanless.  

The PawSox return next week to face the Braves at McCoy stadium.

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Flip through catalogs for J.C. Penney, Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn and you could see a braided rug for sale. You might assume that rug was made overseas, but there’s a good chance it was made in Pawtucket. As part of our on-going series, Made in Rhode Island, Catherine Welch visited Colonial Mills where thousands of braided rugs are shipped out of Pawtucket to major chain stores across the country.

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A group of mayors from around Rhode Island called Monday for the state Senate to legalize same-sex marriage. It remains unclear when the Senate will take up two competing same-sex marriage bills.

The advocacy group Rhode Islanders United for Marriage says the mayors of six communities support same-sex marriage: Providence, Warwick, Pawtucket, North Providence, Central Falls and Cumberland. Providence Mayor Angel Taveras calls same-sex marriage a matter of equality and something that will give Rhode Island an economic boost.

The Silver Boom: Theresa Landry Dances at 91

Mar 15, 2013

Theresa Landry is the owner of the Theresa Landry School of Dancing in Pawtucket. Here she is doing a castanet dance:

Two days a week in her second floor studio she teaches tap dancing. Here she is teaching a few steps to a preschooler.