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Morning News Podcast
8:58 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Friday, June 3, 2011.

RIPR News
8:23 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Identity theft protection

PROVIDENCE, RI – Legislation is on the way to Governor Lincoln Chafee's desk that prohibits the use of partial, or entire, social security numbers on such documents as checks.

The legislation also prevents businesses from using any part of a social security number as a condition for signing up for a special discount card.

The bill does allow some businesses to ask for it as a way to match files and authenticate a customer request.

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Political Roundtable
8:04 am
Fri June 3, 2011

Political Roundtable

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week: boosting spending at the Rhode Island DMV, and a debate about state oversight of redeveloping prime land in Providence. GOP Chairman Ken McKay joins-in on the roundtable.

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Local Features
5:54 pm
Thu June 2, 2011

Policy and Pinot - Politics

Policy and Pinot - Politics

Providence, RI – This edition of our Policy and Pinot programs focuses on Ocean State politics. Produced in conjunction with the Providence Athenaeum, the program was taped Tuesday May 31, 2011 before a live audience. It features a conversation between the regular members of WRNI's weekly Political Roundtable about the hot topics in Rhode Island politics.

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Top Stories
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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