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9:35 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Gifford quits position as director of Health Department

Providence, RI – The director of the Rhode Island Department of Health is stepping down from his position.

Dr. David Gifford submitted his resignation to Governor Chafee late Friday afternoon, to the surprise of his staff and the administration. He says he's been thinking about the direction of his life, and he wants to spend more time working on improving the quality and delivery of health care.

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RIPR News
5:17 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Sebelius in RI this morning

Providence, RI – The Secretary of Health and Human services, Kathleen Sebelius, will be making a quick visit to Rhode Island this morning.


Secretary Sebelius is in the Ocean State to launch a new program designed to improve the use of health information technology.

Seventeen communities across the country have received the so called "Beacon Community" grants, paid for by federal stimulus funds.

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RIPR News
3:44 pm
Fri January 7, 2011

Forecasters say snowy weekend on tap

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Forecasters with the National Weather Service say while light snow is expected for Friday night's drive home, up to four inches could fall Saturday night.


Charlie Foley is a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Tauton, he says Saturday will be cloudy and start off dry.

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Political Roundtable
7:25 am
Fri January 7, 2011

Political Roundtable: what to expect in 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island starts 2011 with a new governor and new mayor of Providence. That's part of the discussion this on Political Roundtable.

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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RIPR News
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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