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4:34 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Providence: car tax will be linked to property tax break

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras - who just six weeks ago said he was opposed to an increase in the car tax - has reversed course. He says he will not oppose a vehicle tax hike approved by the City Council Finance Committee because the committee is also taking steps to increase its historically low collection rate.

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RIPR News
4:29 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

RI schools delay major overhaul

PROVIDENCE, RI – Five Rhode Island schools are delaying plans for major overhauls to correct a history of low test scores.

The State Department of Education is asking federal officials for extra time for the schools, which include the state-run School for the Deaf and three Providence High Schools. Interim Providence Academic Chief Paula Shannon says dramatic reforms take careful coordination.

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RIPR News
1:13 pm
Tue July 12, 2011

Local study looks at postpartum depression and sleep

Providence, RI – Which women are most vulnerable to depression when their sleep is interrupted by a new baby? That's the question local researchers are asking in a new five year study.

Doctors at Rhode Island Hospital and Women and Infants Hospital are teaming up to monitor the moods and sleep patterns of women during their pregnancy and after they give birth.

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Politics
10:47 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Providence stuck with secure communities program

PROVIDENCE, RI – Earlier this year Providence Mayor Angel Taveras tried unsuccessfully to withdraw the capital city from the secure communities program. It's a federal program that requires police to check the immigration status of people arrested against a federal database to see whether they are in the country illegally.

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RIPR News
8:44 am
Tue July 12, 2011

RI state parks unveil new app

PROVIDENCE, RI – Visitors to Rhode Island's state parks and beaches can now download information straight to their smartphones.

The new mobile app offers information on every state park in Rhode Island. It gives users up to the minute park news on weather conditions and allows them to reserve campsites, or discover daily events.

The app even has a social networking section. So users can follow the Parks on twitter and facebook and leave comments while on the trail.

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Morning News Podcast
8:42 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

RIPR News
6:59 am
Tue July 12, 2011

Providence school board chair resigns

PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Providence School Board has resigned from her post.

Kathy Crain has chaired the board since January.

She says she came to the position with high hopes for reforming city schools but has become disillusioned by the slow pace of change.

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Morning News Podcast
10:13 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Monday, July 11, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Monday, July 11, 2011.

RIPR News
8:42 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Residents oppose Walmart Superstore

PROVIDENCE, RI – Seekonk residents are joining forces to fight the construction of a Walmart superstore.

Walmart already has a store on Route 6 in Seekonk. The company is proposing to build one twice as large about a football field down the road.

Joe Mello, whose property would abut the new superstore, says it's unwanted and unneeded in a town of 13,000.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:35 am
Mon July 11, 2011

Voted ID law hurts the "cradle of democracy"

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's General Assembly has enacted legislation requiring all voters to get photo identification. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why our recession-racked state is spending taxpayer dollars on this one.

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