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3:15 pm
Fri August 13, 2010

No sales tax holiday for RI residents

Providence, RI – It may be a sales tax holiday in Massachusetts this weekend, but Rhode Island's tax administrator reminds residents that they'll still need to pay the state's use tax.

Tax administrator David Sullivan says the 7-percent use tax applies when residents bring sales tax-free items back into the Ocean State. There are two ways for residents to pay the use tax, says Sullivan.

"You can file actually a use-tax return for the purchases you make that month, or you can wait and file it on your personal tax return."

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RIPR News
11:22 am
Fri August 13, 2010

Critics blast Carcieri for Deepwater Wind deal

Providence, RI – Governor Donald Carcieri is facing criticism from fellow Republicans because of his support for Deepwater Wind's controversial power purchase agreement.

House Minority Leader Robert Watson of East Greenwich says the agreement will hurt Rhode Island's business climate.

"Deepwater is going to raise electric rates, and that's unequivocal and non-debatable. And we are all talking about we need to create jobs, we need to do something about unemployment," says Watson.

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Morning News Podcast
10:56 am
Fri August 13, 2010

Friday, August 13, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, August 13, 2010.

Political Roundtable
9:49 am
Fri August 13, 2010

The Brown poll, the Republican outlook, and Deepwater moves forward

Providence, RI – The Debate over Wind Power, that's part of the Discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.

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RIPR News
2:05 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Graduating on time poses challenge to college officials

Providence, R.I. – For many working to improve higher education in the U.S., getting students into college is just part of the battle. Nearly 60 percent of all U.S. students seeking a bachelor's degree fail to get it after 6 years.

It's a problem President Obama highlighted in a recent speech, and it's the focus of a national conference of State Higher Education Executive Officers this week in Providence.

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RIPR News
12:57 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

Whitehouse, Reed secure funding for bridge project

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's senators have secured $2.3 million to help fund the replacement of the Pawtucket River Bridge. Currently, the lowest bidder on a contract for the replacement project is over 80 million dollars.

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RIPR News
9:35 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Providence youth quiz mayoral candidates

Providence, RI – The five candidates running for mayor of Providence answered questions from teens Thursday about where they stood on aggressive policing, student involvement and balancing the city's budget.

On the question of how to get innocent kids off the police department's gang member database, all five mayoral candidates called for developing a system to weed out the innocent. 17-year-old Julie Merlain says that's only fair.

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Morning News Podcast
8:45 am
Thu August 12, 2010

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Providence, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Thursday, August 12, 2010.

RIPR News
7:08 am
Thu August 12, 2010

RI to receive millions in federal housing aid

Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is receiving nearly $14 million in federal aid to prevent home foreclosures.

The funds were announced yesterday by the Obama administration and by the state's two U.S. senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.

The money is part of $3 billion in housing aid that the government is giving states with persistently high unemployment rates and to a new program being run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The funds aren't expected to be available until the fall.

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RIPR News
3:03 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

Traffic flowing across Pontiac Ave. bridge

Providence, RI – Traffic is flowing across the Pontiac Avenue Bridge in Cranston for the first time in about a month.


The Rhode Island Department of Transportation's Charles St. Martin says the bridge reopened at noon on Wednesday. Crews had been repairing damage done to the bridge during the March floods.


Some other repairs were made as well, so Rhode Island DOT is lifting a ten ton weight limit and allowing buses and trucks to use the bridge again, St. Martin says.

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