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8:33 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Taveras nets COLA freeze and Lifespan payments

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7:03 am
Wed April 25, 2012

Romney claims primary victory

PROVIDENCE, RI – No surprise to political watchers: unofficial results show GOP front runner Mitt Romney won Rhode Island's presidential primary with 63 percent of the vote.

Rhode Island awards its delegates based on the percentage of the vote, instead of winner take all. There were 16 delegates in play. Romney won 12, and Ron Paul's 24 percent of the vote will give him four delegates. Paul supporter Gary Trott celebrated results at Long Shots Bar 7 Grill in West Warwick - and was thrilled.

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7:45 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Chafee pays a visit to troops in Afghanistan

Governor Lincoln Chafee
Staff photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee visited with Rhode Island soldiers in Afghanistan Wednesday as part of a trip paid for by the U.S. Defense Department. Chafee is steering clear of criticizing the war before his expected return Friday.

Chafee has warned in the past about the danger of what he calls "foreign entanglements." As a U.S. senator, he was the only Republican to vote against the war in Iraq. Chafee says his current trip is mainly to watch and listen.

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7:59 am
Mon April 16, 2012

Gemma enters race for CD1

Anthony Gemma has announced a primary challenge for the 1st Congressional seat
Photo by Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – Businessman Anthony Gemma launched a Democratic primary challenge to Congressman David Cicilline Sunday evening. Gemma focused most of his criticism on Republican candidate Brendan Doherty.

Gemma says he plans to create jobs and change how members of Congress do their jobs, but he provided no details. He says he thinks Doherty is out of touch.

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3:43 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Wealthy GOP candidate throws hat in CD2 race

Michael Riley mades his official announcement at the RI Statehouse
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – Narragansett businessman Michael Riley announced his Republican challenger to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin Monday. Riley appears to be the best-funded of Langevin's three opponents.

Riley says he moved to the state from New Jersey after being in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. The 55-year-old says his decades of work as an investment manager make him qualified to run for Congress.

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8:49 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Ruggerio loses driver's license for six months

PROVIDENCE, RI – Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed says the chamber's majority leader, Dominick Ruggerio, has accepted responsibility for his actions in connection with a drunken-driving arrest last week.

Ruggerio's driver's license was suspended for six months Tuesday after he acknowledged refusing to take a breathalyzer test. He was also fined $200, and ordered to attend DWI school and to perform 10 hours of community service.

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3:38 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Opponents of meal tax hike dump tea in the river

Tea dumped at WaterPlace park in protest of proposed meal tax hike.
Photo by: Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – More than 60 people turned out Wednesday for a Tea Party-style protest of a proposed hike in the state meal and beverage tax.

The Rhode Island Hospitality Association organized the rally at WaterPlace Park near downtown Providence. The association's head, Dale Venturini says raising the tax from 8 to 10 percent is a big hit for restaurants and other businesses.

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2:12 pm
Mon March 19, 2012

RI ACLU suing Central Falls receiver over lack of due process

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. The suit claims Flanders has violated state law by delegating his duties to a hearing officer while implementing a parking ban earlier this year.

The ban on overnight parking was brief, but the ACLU says Flanders should have been at the meeting when it was approved instead of his chief of staff, Gayle Corrigan.

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10:10 am
Mon March 12, 2012

Reed: Expect Taliban to exploit Afghan civilian deaths

U.S. Senator Jack Reed
File photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he agrees with the Obama Administration's position to stay the course in Afghanistan following the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by an American soldier.

Nevertheless, Reed says he fully expects the Taliban to exploit the situation.

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3:34 pm
Wed February 15, 2012

Bill toughens penalties for hit and runs

Photo by: Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Some state senators are proposing sharply increased penalties for hit and run drivers. The legislation was prompted by the near death back in 2010 of Providence city councilman Terrence Hassett.

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