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7:13 am
Fri September 30, 2011

New sales tax goes into effect Saturday

PROVIDENCE, RI – Starting Saturday, the state's 7 percent sales tax will be applied to over-the-counter drugs for the first time. The tax will also be tacked onto the sale of computer software, package tours and sightseeing transportation. State tax administrator David Sullivan says some people will undoubtedly be upset by the tax hikes.

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6:16 am
Fri September 30, 2011

Traditional marriage group lobbies Reed to support DOMA

PROVIDENCE, RI – A group that opposes same-sex marriage is calling on its supporters to get in touch with US Senator Jack Reed.

This comes after pro-same sex marriage groups called on Reed earlier this week to help undo the Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA. That act bars federal recognition of same-sex marriage.

The National Organization for Marriage Rhode Island responded by urging its supporters to contact Reed and encourage him to support DOMA.

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RIPR News
5:35 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Chafee halts compassion centers indefinitely

PROVIDENCE,RI – Governor Chafee has made up his mind. He won't allow medical marijuana dispensaries in the Ocean State. The decision comes after a more than four month hold on the state's so called compassion centers.

In a statement released today, Chafee says "Rhode Island cannot proceed with the licensing and regulation of medical marijuana compassion centers under current law."

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2:18 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

Man to plead guilty in RI of health care fraud

PROVIDENCE,RI – Federal prosecutors in Rhode Island say an Illinois business man will plead guilty in U.S. district court to collecting nearly 2 million dollars through health care fraud. The scam affected Medicare patients across the country, including in Rhode Island.

According to court documents, Gary Winner, the owner of Planned Eldercare in Illinois, sent unsolicited, free medical supplies to people with arthritis and diabetes. He then turned around and let the federal government pay the bill.

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1:13 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

RI shutters its I-95 welcome center

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's only welcome center is now closed. The facility just off Interstate 95 between Exit 2 and Exit 3 closed Thursday.


Charles St. Martin with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation says GPS devices, smart phones and development around those exits played a big role in the decision.

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12:27 pm
Thu September 29, 2011

EPA: New England seeing fewer unhealthy ozone days

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Environmental Protection Agency says so far there have been fewer unhealthy ozone days than last year. It's due largely to a cooler summer.

Looking at data from April to September, the EPA says there were 16 days in New England when ozone monitors recorded levels above what's considered healthy. That's compared to 28 days last year.

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Morning News Podcast
8:52 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, September 29, 2011.

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8:20 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Lawmakers await Governor Chafee's pension reform plan

Lawmakers await a pension plan from Governor Lincoln Chafee.
Photo by Bradley Campbell.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lawmakers are awaiting a pension reform plan after completing the last of three joint Finance Committee meetings on the subject.

Legislative staffers used the meeting to highlight discussion from previous sessions of state Treasurer Gina Raimondo's pension advisory committee. House Finance chairman Helio Melo called the process informative. Melo deferred to Raimondo and Governor Lincoln Chafee in declining to offer his own ideas for solving the pension crisis.

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7:10 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Police arrest 13 people accused of insurance fraud

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island law requires the unemployed to advise the state Department of Labor and Training when they get jobs, which triggers a halt to their unemployment benefits. State police say 13 people didn't. They were charged Tuesday with obtaining more than $500 under false pretenses, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

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6:09 am
Thu September 29, 2011

Brown students protest ROTC

Brown students plan to protest ROTC.
RIPR file photo.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown stripped ROTC of its on-campus presence in 1969 due to resistance to the Vietnam War. In recent years, opposition has continued because of the military's ban on openly gay personnel.

Now that the President has repealed the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, some colleges are re-thinking their ROTC policies. Daniel Moraff, a Brown sophomore and organizer of today's rally, says the ROTC ban should continue because of the military's intolerance for transgender individuals.

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