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12:37 pm
Wed January 19, 2011

Pawtucket City Hall opposes med marijuana at TK Club

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The city of Pawtucket is coming out against a medical marijuana retail store proposed by a team that includes retired Pawtucket Police Chief George Kelley and former Democratic Party chair Bill Lynch.

The group wants to grow its marijuana in the city's To Kalon or TK social club. Doug Hadden with Pawtucket City Hall says that's not an appropriate use for the building.

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Morning News Podcast
10:59 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, January 19, 2011.

RIPR News
9:41 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Roads in good shape, but clean up costs pile up

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain made for sloppy and sometimes challenging road conditions across Rhode Island yesterday. State Police Lieutenant Kevin Hawkins says troopers responded to 43 accidents but road conditions are looking better today.


"I travelled throughout the whole state last evening," Hawkins says. "The roads were in pretty good shape. There was still a little puddling but DOT did a good job clearing the storm drains and we just ask people to use caution."

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Local Features
7:21 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Stress and students

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – While many parents are calling on public schools to provide more rigorous coursework, some parents now say their kids are too stressed out. To find out more about stress and children, WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Richard Rende, Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University.

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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Politics
7:10 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Bill aims to decriminalize small amounts of pot in RI

Photo by Jason White via Flickr Creative Commons.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island lawmaker has introduced a bill to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana.

The bill from Rep. John Edwards, a Tiverton Democrat, would make the possession of up to one ounce of marijuana punishable by a $150 fine. Marijuana possession is now a crime that carries up to a year in prison.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
2:15 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Transcending Drug Addiction

Providence, RI – Perhaps you have heard the expression, "If you've been handed a lemon, make lemonade." During our lives many of us find ourselves caught in the web of daunting crises and challenges that seem absolutely overwhelming. Under the best of circumstances, we confront our demons, learn from them, and use these experiences to enrich our lives and those of the people who matter most to us. Robert Einhorn has done just that.

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RIPR News
7:22 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

RI resident part of Medicare lawsuit

Providence, RI – A Rhode Islander is among five Medicare recipients in a class action lawsuit filed against the federal government Tuesday.

The suit alleges that Mary Patricia Boitano was denied Medicare coverage for a stay in a skilled nursing facility because of a policy called the "improvement standard." That standard denies funding for services that don't clearly improve a patient's health.

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RIPR News
4:24 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

Lt Gov and Labor Secretary defend health care overhaul

Providence, RI – As the House of Representatives prepares to take up a vote over the repeal of the nation's health care overhaul, Rhode Island's Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts is joining with Labor Secretary Hilda Solis to sing the law's praises.

In a conference call, Roberts and Secretary Solis highlighted the benefits of the health care law, including provisions that keep children on their parent's health insurance until age 26.

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Top Stories
9:57 am
Tue January 18, 2011

165 years later, a call to pardon RI's John Gordon

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A state lawmaker from Newport says he plans to introduce legislation Tuesday to pardon the last person executed in Rhode Island.

Democratic state Representative Peter Martin says historians now believe John Gordon was wrongly convicted and that anti-Irish sentiments ran high during his trial in the 1840s.

"The historians feel today that these people were prejudiced against," Martin says.

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RIPR News
7:13 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Pawtuxet River Authority suing state over dam removal

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Pawtuxet River Authority is suing the state over the Pawtuxet Village Dam at the mouth of the river.

Providence bought the land on the river along with the dam some 140 years ago. Then in 1915 the general assembly passed what's call the 1915 Act, creating the Situate Reservoir for the city's water supply.

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