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4:48 am
Thu May 20, 2010

State Rep. files Arizona-like immigration bill

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4:40 am
Thu May 20, 2010

Teachers union signs onto major grant application

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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:02 am
Wed May 19, 2010

This I Believe: A Decisive Moment

Providence, RI – Every single one of us can look around and, in a flash, identify so many things that are wrong with our world, so much that needs repair. Poverty. Homelessness. Substandard education. Indeed, many of us devote countless hours in our earnest attempt to heal the world. But as Rabbi Alan Flam notes, at times there's a risk that our focus is narrower than it ought to be.

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RIPR News
6:44 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Survivors, relatives to receive Station settlement money soon

Providence, R.I. – Hundreds of people affected by one of the nation's deadliest nightclub fires will soon receive money from lawsuits over the blaze.

A federal judge signed an order yesterday requiring the entire $176 million settlement to be deposited within 90 days into a trust account. The money will then be distributed to survivors of The Station nightclub and relatives of the 100 people killed.

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RIPR News
6:43 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Applicant explains medical marijuana retail store application

Providence, R.I. – Fifteen people have submitted applications to the Rhode Island Department of Health in the hopes of running one of Rhode Island's medical marijuana retail stores. One of them is Dr. Michael Follick.

He's a clinical professor at Brown University's School of Medicine and the founder and CEO of Abacus Health Solutions, a research, consulting and health services group. He sat down with WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall to explain his proposal.

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RIPR News
6:42 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Districts sign on to Race to the Top

Providence, R.I. – All but four school districts in Rhode Island have signed onto the state's application for round two of the federal Race to the Top Education competition.

That's according to state education officials, who say they are still finalizing the count. The state is seeking $75 million for public school reforms, and state officials believe they will have a stronger application if more districts participate.

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RIPR News
6:41 am
Wed May 19, 2010

Fernandez announces bid for AG

Providence, R.I. – Attorney General candidate Joseph Fernandez says he'll take a tough stand against corruption if he's elected this year.

Fernandez was formerly the city solicitor in Providence. He points to how he led the effort in that office to strip former police chief Urbano Prignano's $59,000 a year pension.

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RIPR News
6:39 am
Wed May 19, 2010

DMV to give hearings to drivers issued confusing tickets

Providence, R.I. – An ACLU lawsuit against the state Division of Motor Vehicles is producing results. People who received license suspension notices on the basis of decades old traffic violations are being advised of their right to a hearing.

In the process of changing computers, the DMV sent out license suspension warnings to 1,600 drivers who had not paid fines, some dating back 20 years.

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RIPR News
8:07 am
Tue May 18, 2010

Central Falls teachers approve deal to save jobs

Providence, R.I. – Eighty-seven Central Falls High School teachers can keep their jobs under a turnaround plan approved by teachers' union members yesterday. After months of angry protests and national attention over the dismissal of the entire high school faculty, the settlement contains most if not all of the demands district leaders had requested from the outset.

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