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8:29 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Public weighs in on compassion center applications

Providence, RI – Members of the public testified on who should sell medical marijuana in Rhode Island at a public hearing today

It was standing room only in the Health Department's auditorium- everyone waiting to hear testimony on the 18 applicants to open the state's first so called "compassion centers."

Cranston Mayor Alan Fung, State Representatives Doreen Costa and Peter Palumbo, and Providence city Council member Bryan Principe all testified against applicants hoping to open in their cities or towns.

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RIPR News
6:56 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Aquidneck Island DMV location closes Friday

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Department of Motor Vehicles says it's shutting down the Middletown location at the end of the week.


The DMV says the lease is up at its Middletown branch and the state is searching for a new location. In the meantime, the DMV's directing drivers on Aquidneck Island to use the Wakefield or Cranston locations.


Anyone scheduled for a driving test after Friday will take it instead at the location in Providence.

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RIPR News
2:59 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

Providence police chief suspended for a day

Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman. Photo by: Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman spent Monday on suspension.

A statement out of City Hall says the suspension was due to quote, "a verbal altercation with a subordinate." The incident happened Friday during a seminar the chief was giving.


Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare issued the suspension, which was backed by the mayor. Providence City Council Mike Solomon says he also supports the decision.

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RIPR News
1:39 pm
Mon February 7, 2011

MacKay: tone down the rhetoric in estate tax debate

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island liberals and conservatives are once again battling over the estate tax. WRNI political analyst Scott Mackay says it is time for both sides to chill the rhetoric and consider the practical impact of this tax on our economy.

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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Morning News Podcast
11:14 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Monday, February 7, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, February 7, 2011.

RIPR News
6:46 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Public to weigh in on medical marijuana retail applicants

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Eighteen applicants are vying for up to three spots to run the state's first medical marijuana retail stores. Today the public has a chance to weigh in on their proposals.


Officials expect to pack the Department of Health's auditorium for the 10am public hearing. The meeting will be divided into three comment periods- medical marijuana patients will testify first, followed by representatives of cities and towns and then the general public.

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Politics
6:37 am
Mon February 7, 2011

RI lawmakers take up same-sex marriage bill this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – House lawmakers will take up a bill that would legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.

The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hear testimony on the bill Wednesday after delaying a Feb. 2 hearing because of bad weather.


The legislation has been introduced several times over the years, but failed when it faced opposition from previous Republican Gov. Don Carcieri and former legislative leaders.

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Top Stories
6:33 am
Mon February 7, 2011

Police chief suspended for one day

Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman is pictured here. WRNI file photo.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence police chief Dean Esserman has today off - but it's not because of vacation or sickness. He's been suspended for one day as the result of a verbal altercation with a subordinate.


The confrontation happened Friday, according to a statement from the mayor's office. But the city is withholding details because it's a personnel matter.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
3:04 pm
Fri February 4, 2011

Where the Hearth Is

Trinity Rep Radio Theater - Where the Hearth Is

Providence – All new program, all new format! Curt Columbus Trinity Rep actors Stephen Berenson, Janice Duclos, and Joe Wilson, Jr. read and discuss stories of home, loss and resilience. In our featured story Joseph Heller's "Castle of Snow," a family confronts unemployment. Personal narratives from The Sun Magazine give provocative perspectives.

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Region
11:55 am
Fri February 4, 2011

The flood of the century

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In the spring of 2010 several weeks of heavy rains caused rivers in Rhode Island to jump their banks, wreaking havoc on the state. The floods closed businesses, forced hundreds of evacuations and shut down parts of Interstate 95.


This webpage was put together as an entry for the AP of Southern New England Awards.

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