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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8:32 am
Mon February 13, 2012

Have RI politicians cleaned up their acts?

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's politicians are known throughout the nation for chicanery. But Rhode Island Public Radio's Scott MacKay wonders whether the skullduggery is hitting new lows.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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3:23 pm
Thu February 9, 2012

Cicilline makes good on Super Bowl bet

Congressman David Cicilline in his Giants jersey with New York Congresswoman Nan Hayworth.
Photo by: Congressman David Cicilline

PROVIDENCE, RI – Congressman David Cicilline donned a jersey of the Super Bowl champion New York Giants as part of a bet with a colleague from the Empire State.

Cicilline picked the Patriots to win the Super Bowl. Congresswoman Nan Hayworth of New York picked the Giants.

As part of the bet, Cicilline's office released a photo showing him wearing the jersey of Giants quarterback Eli Manning.

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8:36 am
Thu February 9, 2012

Chafee OKs redistricting plan

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee signed legislation Wednesday that redraws Rhode Island's legislative and congressional districts for the next 10 years. Republicans say they intend to go to court to challenge part of the plan.

Chafee spokeswoman Christine Hunsinger says the governor signed the bill after he was assured that it was constitutional. She says GOP complaints about changes to a Burrillville House district are "a legislative decision."

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8:54 am
Mon February 6, 2012

Doherty kicks off Congressional campaign

Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty
Photo by Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty says his campaign to unseat former Providence mayor David Cicilline will be about character and accountability. Doherty's comments were made to hundreds of volunteers at an election year kick-off breakfast Sunday.

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9:03 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Taveras tops RI campaign fundraising

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras was the top fundraiser among local and state politicians in 2011. That's a surprise since state Treasurer Gina Raimondo is also a leading fundraiser.

As a former venture capitalist, Raimondo has been able to draw on a network of contacts in building an impressive campaign war chest. She's also attracted a lot of national attention while leading the push to overhaul Rhode Island's pension system.

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9:01 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Chafee delivers message of hope, taxes in State of the State

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee used his State of the State address to make the case for two new tax proposals.

Chafee wants to use a 2% hike in the meal and beverage tax to steer more money to K-12 education. The governor says that an investment in the state that will relieve pressure on property taxes for struggling cities and towns.

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