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5:40 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

URI Student Senate looking for a rematch on sticker policy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The University of Rhode Island Student Senate says it's looking to file a new lawsuit over the town of Narragansett's sticker ordinance.

A federal court has ruled the Town of Narragansett's sticker policy constitutional, allowing police to continue placing orange stickers on the doors of homes that violate the town's noise ordinance.

URI Student Senate President David Coates says he hopes a student who wrongly receives a sticker will come forward and file a new lawsuit.

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RIPR News
3:57 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

State police investigate inmate death

PROVIDENCE, RI. – Rhode Island state police are investigating the death of an inmate at the high security center of the Adult Correctional Institution.


Thirty year old Dennard Walker was found unresponsive at 3:30am Thursday. He had been serving a life sentence for the murder of a teenage girl who was about to testify against Walker's half brother in a separate murder case.

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Politics
12:03 pm
Thu January 6, 2011

State Rep. to introduce gay marriage bill

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A state lawmaker from Cranston is renewing his push to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.

Democratic state Representative Arthur Handy says he will introduce legislation today to make legal same sex marriage in the Ocean State. This is the ninth year Handy has introduced the measure, but he says he's more optimistic given the swearing in of independent Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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RIPR News
9:15 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Chafee rescinds e-verify order

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee on Wednesday rescinded a controversial executive order that mandated more stringent enforcement against illegal immigrants.

Chafee rescinded Governor Carcieri's executive order at the International Institute, a nonprofit agency in Providence that aids immigrants and refugees. Chafee delighted a largely Latino audience by calling e-verify a divisive issue that has caused unnecessary fear among immigrants.

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RIPR News
7:28 am
Thu January 6, 2011

A safe place for recovering addicts

Providence, RI – Rhode Island has a drug and alcohol problem. The Ocean State ranks first in the nation for the percentage of residents 12 and older who use illegal drugs and it has the highest rate of alcohol use.

In an attempt to chip away at those numbers, advocates recently opened the state's first community center for recovering addicts.

Jim Gillen describes the new facility this way- "It's a palace. It's home. It's a four thousand square foot recovery paradise," he says.

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Economy
6:23 am
Thu January 6, 2011

Shaw's to close 2 RI stores

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A couple Rhode Island grocery stores are about to close. Shaw's has announced it's closing five stores: three in Massachusetts and two in Rhode Island.


The Rhode Island stores affected are in Warwick and Johnston. The Massachusetts locations are New Bedford, Stoneham and Revere.

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RIPR News
8:03 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

A different inaugural celebration

Providence, RI – There was no ball with long gowns and tuxedos this year, but Rhode Islanders still gathered to celebrate the new governor and the state general officers last night.

Ruth's Chris Steak House next to Providence's Waterplace Park was packed with well wishers at the party in honor of Governor Lincoln Chafee. He made a quick walk around the room, shaking hands and posing for pictures.

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RIPR News
5:02 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

A.G. Kilmartin cracking down on illegal immigration

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – While Governor Lincoln Chafee moves away from a state crackdown on illegal immigration, newly installed Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is taking the opposite approach.

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RIPR News
4:58 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Faith community push for compassion when crafting the state budget

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Members of Rhode Island's faith community will converge onto the state house Wednesday to urge lawmakers to spare the state's poorest residents while putting together the budget.

Marty Cooper is with the Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island. He says the message will be to govern with compassion.


"So that social services remain the same or are increased. So people could not be homeless, so that people would not go to bed hungry, and that people would have good health care," says Cooper.

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RIPR News
2:51 pm
Wed January 5, 2011

Mystic Aquarium off the hook for millions in debt

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Mystic Aquarium, one of the biggest tourist attractions in southern New England, is getting a major break.

Citibank has agreed to forgive $15 million of the organization's $34 million debt. And if the aquarium can raise an additional $4 million, another $5 million will be lopped off the amount they owe.

Peter Glankoff, senior vice president of the Sea Research Foundation which operates the aquarium, called it a "transforming settlement."

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