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4:55 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Father of young victim against changes to 'good time' law

PROVIDENCE, RI – A South Kingstown man whose son was killed by Michael Woodmansee is taking issue with a bill recently approved by the State Senate.


John Foreman IV is asking the state House of Representatives to reject changes in the so-called "good time" law recently approved by the state senate. The bill would prohibit murderers, child kidnappers and molesters from earning time off their sentences for good behavior.

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8:52 am
Thu May 19, 2011

Thursday, May 19th, 2011.

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7:15 am
Thu May 19, 2011

CDC against cigarette tax change

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lowering the taxes on cigarettes will increase the amount of smokers. That what Tim McAfee from the Centers for Disease Control said at a recent hearing for the bill.

McAfee is against the idea of cutting the cigarette tax by a dollar per pack.

"In terms of the science of what we know of how smokers react to price, there's essentially no question that we would see more people smoking and less people quitting," he says.

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7:07 am
Thu May 19, 2011

A natural switch

PROVIDENCE, RI – The skyrocketing price of oil has some Rhode Island homeowners switching to natural gas for heat.

It isn't cheap to switch from heating oil to natural gas. It costs from $5,000 to $12,000 depending on the level of efficiency desired.

But lots of homeowners are doing it, says Michael Kane of Travers Plumbing and Heating in Portsmouth.

"The interest is extremely high," says Kane "On a daily basis I'm asked to give estimates on converting people from oil to gas."

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3:59 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Second Landmark bidder pulls out of the running

PROVIDENCE, RI – A second company has withdrawn its bid for the financially troubled Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. This leaves Regional Care Hospital Partners as the last remaining bidder. Regional Care has been unable to reach an agreement with Landmark nurses.

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RIPR News
3:40 pm
Wed May 18, 2011

Chafee says he's not to blame for "Body of Proof" leaving

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says it's not fair to say the ABC drama "Body of Proof" left Rhode Island because of his recommendation to eliminate the film tax credit.


Chafee says the state's tax credit for the film industry has a history of surviving governors' recommendations to kill it.


The state gives a 25 percent tax credit on productions spending at least $300,000, maxing out at $15 million. But Chafee's proposed budget eliminates the credit.

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8:37 am
Wed May 18, 2011

Wednesday, May 18th, 2011

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8:11 am
Wed May 18, 2011

Civil unions pass first hurdle

PROVIDENCE, RI – The House Judiciary Committee has approved a civil union bill on a nine-to-three vote.

Committee member Doreen Costa, a North Kingstown Republican, briefly argued against the civil union bill. She pointed to how the main same-sex marriage advocacy group is among the organizations opposing civil unions.

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RIPR News
4:15 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Insurance providers seek premium hikes in RI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Health insurance in Rhode Island could cost more soon if providers get the premium hikes they're asking for.

United Health Care's request to increase premiums for small employers averages at an 18 percent, with a nearly 20 percent jump for large employers.

Tufts Health Plan wants an average of 4.8 for both large and small employers.

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RIPR News
4:08 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

N Providence stiff sentences meant to curb corruption

PROVIDENCE, RI – US Attorney Peter Neronha says the stiff sentences handed out in the North Providence extortion case could help reduce corruption in Rhode Island.

Neronha spoke after the last of three former North Providence councilmen, John Zambarano, was sentenced to nearly six years in federal prison. Neronha says the sentences imposed by US District Court Judge Mary Lisi are tougher than in previous corruption cases.

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