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4:24 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

State legislator calls for nuclear reactor to close

Rhode Island Nuclear Science Center
Elisabeth Harrison

PROVIDENCE, RI – All this month Rhode Island lawmakers will be combing the state budget for hundreds of millions of dollars in savings as they look to balance the books for the fiscal year beginning in July. As part of that effort one former state legislator is calling for the closure of a nuclear research reactor housed at the University of Rhode Island.

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Healthcare
3:36 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Holder on medical marijuana dispensaries

Providence, RI – Full audio of U.S. Attorney Eric Holder's response to reporter questions about federal medical marijuana policy. Recorded during his June 2nd visit to the Institute for the Study and Practice of Non-violence in Providence.

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RIPR News
2:28 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

AG Holder: Seeking clarity on medical marijuana

US Attorney General Eric Holder answers questions in Providence.
Photo by: Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – US Attorney General Eric Holder says federal authorities are trying to seek what he calls "clarity" on the legality of distributing medical marijuana.


Governor Lincoln Chafee recently put an indefinite hold on Rhode Island's three planned medical marijuana dispensaries. That came after the state's top federal prosecutor warned of possible prosecutions if the dispensaries moved forward.

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RIPR News
12:25 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Marijuana patients to urge governor to lift hold on compassion centers

Providence, RI – Patients are gathering at the state house today to urge the governor to lift his hold on Rhode Island's medical marijuana dispensaries.

Rhode Islanders who depend on marijuana for a variety of health issues will make their case for restarting the state's so called compassion center program.

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RIPR News
12:22 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Bond rating downgraded

Photo by: James Wyman.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's unfunded pension crisis is going to cost the state.

Rhode Island's pension crisis has prompted one of Wall Street's key ratings agencies to downgrade Ocean State bonds. "Moody's Investor Service" has lowered Rhode Island bonds from stable to negative.

The agency says that in addition to the state's unfunded pension liability, Rhode Island has been plagued with deficits and has demonstrated a tendency to rely on one-time fixes.

State revenue director Rosemary Booth Gallogly had this reaction:

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RIPR News
12:19 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Carcieri not running

Former Governor Don Carieri at his desk when he was governor.
File photo.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Former Governor Don Carcieri is telling people that he won't be a candidate next year for the US Senate.

The Republican Carcieri served two terms as governor and he has two key campaign assets, money and name recognition.

WRNI has learned Carcieri has started telling associates he won't be a candidate for the Senate seat held by Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse.

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RIPR News
12:16 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Gist gives her address to the General Assembly

PROVIDENC, RI – In her annual address to the General Assembly Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist called for an end to criticism of Rhode Island students, parents and educators.

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Morning News Podcast
10:27 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, June 2, 2011.

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7:20 am
Thu June 2, 2011

Tornadoes avoid Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – While Massachusetts is in a state of emergency after tornadoes tore through western and central parts of the state, Rhode Island avoided their destructive path. Frank Nocera of the National Weather Service in Taunton says the state was Tornado free.

"No, no damages," he says. "We didn't have any strong storms. They kind of weakened as they reached Rhode Island and eastern Massachusetts."

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7:11 am
Thu June 2, 2011

House rolls out its own budget

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island House of Representatives plans to roll out its own budget within the next few weeks. WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis has our story.

The House traditionally approves the state budget in late June, shortly before the next fiscal year begins July first.

One key question is the fate of sales tax increases proposed by Governor Lincoln Chafee.

House spokesman Larry Berman says Speaker Gordon Fox remains opposed to parts of that of proposal.

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