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7:13 am
Mon September 26, 2011

The "clunker tax" and state house pols

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Protestors waving anti-car tax signs gathered outside Providence City Hall recently to criticize the tax increases proposed by Mayor Angel Taveras and the city council. And more than 200 people showed up at last week's Warwick City Council meeting to fire away at Mayor Scott Avedisian's plan to increase car taxes to pay for city services.

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RIPR News
5:16 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

FAA gives thumbs up to TF Green runway expansion

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Federal Aviation Administration has approved extending the runway at TF Green by 1,530 feet. Of the three options proposed by the airport, this is the one it wanted.

The extra 1,530 feet would extend the main runway to a total of 87,000 feet.

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RIPR News
4:48 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Algae blooms contaminate 5 RI ponds

Providence,RI – By MEGAN HALL
The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management is warning residents to stay away from five urban ponds affected by toxic algae. DEM says Slater Memorial Park Pond in Pawtucket, Roger Williams and Mashapaug Pond in Providence, and Spectacle Pond and J.L. Curran Reservoir in Cranston are covered in blue-green algae blooms.

Contact with the contaminated water can cause skin rashes and throat irritation as well as stomach ache, vomiting, and nausea.

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RIPR News
4:03 pm
Fri September 23, 2011

Central Falls working with retirees on new plan

Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders Jr.
File photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. fired the Central Falls police chief Friday morning and eliminated the position. Flanders is working to replace the police and fire chiefs with a public safety manager as one small way to dig the city out of the red.

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RIPR News
8:11 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Central Falls releases financial plan

PROVIDENCE, RI – A bankruptcy court judge will get the details this morning of a five-year plan to pull Central Falls back into a budget surplus. The plan involves raising taxes and cutting services.

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Economy
8:00 am
Fri September 23, 2011

Political Roundtable - September 23, 2011

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung discusses the state pension crisis.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – More bad news on municipal pensions and the woes of State Representative Dan Gordon. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. This week's special guest: Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.

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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RIPR News
6:44 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

Head of RI's medical marijuana program has a new position

PROVIDENCE, RI – By MEGAN HALL
More than four months after Governor Lincoln Chafee put a hold on the state's medical marijuana dispensaries, the official in charge of the program has left for another position.

Charles Alexandre had many duties in his capacity as the Chief of Health Professionals Regulation, but his job managing the state's medical marijuana program was the most public.

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RIPR News
4:49 pm
Thu September 22, 2011

New policy allows parents to keep health insurance

PROVIDENCE, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Imagine a parent who's plunged so deep into drug addiction or mental illness she's no longer fit to take care of her children. Then take away her health insurance as she tries to recover. This was a common practice in Rhode Island until about three months ago. Rhode Island Public Radio's health care reporter Megan Hall explains how the state did away with a long standing but counter intuitive policy.

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Local Features
8:59 am
Thu September 22, 2011

"His Girl Friday" zips along at Trinity Rep

\"His Girl Friday\" recalls the halcyon days of the Newspaper business.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Remember when the media was called "the press," back in the halcyon days of newspapers? The Trinity Repertory Company does, and they have returned to those swashbuckling times with "His Girl Friday." Theater Critic Bill Gale checked it out and has this review.

NOTE: "His Girl Friday" continues at Trinity Rep in Providence through October 9th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio.

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Local Features
8:42 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Remembering Dave Gavitt... and the Big East

PROVIDENCE, RI – Dave Gavitt is being laid to rest. A pre-eminent sports figure, his passing coincides with the breakdown of one of his greatest creations, the Big East college athletic conference. Rhode Island Public Radio's Bradley Campbell sat down with journalist and author Bill Reynolds to talk about Gavitt and the state of the Big East.

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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