• Award-winning reporter being laid to rest Thursday

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    PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An award-winning Rhode Island television reporter who spent his career exposing public corruption and covering organized crime is being laid to rest this week.

    Funeral services for longtime WJAR-TV reporter Jim Taricani are scheduled for Thursday morning at Christ the King Church in South Kingstown. Burial will follow at Quidnessett Memorial Cemetery in North Kingstown.

    A wake is scheduled for Wednesday at Barrett & Cotter Funeral Home, in Warwick.

    Taricani died Friday of kidney failure. He was 69.

    In addition, his family announced the creation of a lecture series on First Amendment Rights at the University of Rhode Island. His wife, Laurie White-Taricani, says she hopes the lecture series continues her husband's legacy of "inspiring the next generation of ethical and responsible journalists."

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