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9:17 am
Mon December 23, 2013

How Rhode Island Is Spending Its $500M Google Settlement

It’s been almost two years since five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies received a financial windfall from the Google settlement. Google was forced to pay a $500 million fine for illegally selling drugs to Americans without a prescription.  About half of the money was returned to the Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that investigated and tried the case.  How the three largest recipients are spending the money.

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On Politics
10:41 am
Tue September 3, 2013

On-Demand Car Service Uber is Ready to Disrupt Providence

Uber, the on-demand car service that lets users summon a ride via a smart phone app, is set to formally launch in Providence on September 12 (5:30 pm at Tazza, on Westminster Street).

As I recently tweeted in reporting the company's arrival in RI, Uber is a favorite of techies and its origin points to the creative power of the Internet:

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Higher Education
8:41 am
Tue July 30, 2013

RISD + Google Glass = ?

Students at the Rhode Island School of Design will be among the first to experiment with Google Glass, the high-tech head sets that seem more science fiction than reality.

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RI News
8:35 am
Thu March 7, 2013

East Providence Well on Its Way to Fiscal Health

Central Avenue, East Providence, RI
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The City of East Providence says there are just a few more details to button up before it waves good-bye to the Budget Commission that’s been overseeing city finances. A state-appointed finance officer will step in next.

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RI News
8:33 am
Thu February 21, 2013

No. Providence Police Have New Cars Thanks to Google

North Providence police officers will soon be riding in style. The town is completely replacing its fleet of cruisers.  RIPR’s Flo Jonic tells us how they’re paying for it.

The town of North Providence is poised to buy 32 new police vehicles with proceeds it earned through the successful prosecution  of Google.  Google agreed to pay a $500 million fine for marketing illegal Canadian prescription drugs to Americans.  As one of the Rhode Island investigating agencies, North Providence earned 60 million dollars of the settlement.

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