PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Letters submitted to the Rhode Island Department of Health that prompted it to re-start its application process for medical marijuana dispensaries list concerns over zoning, proof of financial backing and other issues.
In general, the letters are from two types of people- lawyers representing other applicants, or lawyers representing neighbors of the Thomas C. Slater Compassion Center.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gubernatorial candidates Lincoln Chafee and Frank Caprio held fundraisers in Newport yesterday. Caprio's was closed to the press but Chafee's was not.
Chafee, who has spent more than $800,000 of his family's money on his independent race for governor, got some help Sunday from Newport society. In a fundraiser that spanned three adjoining mansions, 125 guests donated a combined total of $35,000.
Providence, R.I. – A Warwick resident has been arrested for pointing a green laser beam at a plane landing at T.F. Green Airport on Wednesday. The laser beam temporarily blinded the pilot of the plane, which was below one thousand feet and was three miles from the airport.
Thirty-one year old Joseph Aquino said he fired the laser accidentally, but later admitted that he had pointed it at the plane. He also admitted to pointing the laser at a boat on the water and at a vehicle while under the influence of marijuana.
Providence, R.I. – The state honored Prisoners of War and soldiers Missing in Action as part of National POW/MIA Remembrance Day.
Veterans and their families met at the State House to share their experiences.
Jackie Walton's father, Sergeant First Class Lewis Clark Walton, went missing in action in 1971 during the Vietnam War. She says that while her family had trouble getting help from the federal government, Rhode Islanders never abandoned her.
Providence, R.I. – Although Hurricane Igor is churning far off the eastern U.S. coast, it's bringing rough seas along the Rhode Island coast.
The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for Friday and Saturday. Meteorologist Charlie Foley says expect seas of 7 to 10 feet with swells of 5 to 7 feet. The high surf creates dangerous conditions for beach goers, says Foley.
"So I think it's a common sense approach when you have these very rough seas, don't get too close," he says.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – About 124,000 Rhode islanders went without health insurance last year, according to new data from the U.S. Census Bureau. It's the Ocean State's highest number of uninsured residents in more than a decade.
Rhode Island's number of uninsured residents increased by about three thousand people from 2008 to 2009. That's almost double the number of people without health insurance a decade ago.