RIPR News
2:34 pm
Tue February 8, 2011

A.G.'s office shuts down Cranston fitness club

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Cranston fitness club has been shut down for a month by the Attorney General's office.

The 30 day suspension was imposed on Extreme Fitness health club for filing false documentation with the attorney general's office.

State law requires health clubs to register annually. Renewals must include a certificate from the local fire department confirming the facility is in compliance with the local fire code.

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RIPR News
8:42 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Brown student eyewitness to Egyptian protests

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University student Amanda Labora has just returned to Providence from Alexandria, Egypt, one of the cities where protests have broken out against President Hosni Mubarak. Labora was in Egypt as part of a study abroad program. She spoke with WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison about her experience.

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Morning News Podcast
8:32 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, February 8, 2011.

RIPR News
7:02 am
Tue February 8, 2011

McKay to make bid for party chair

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – GOP activist Ken McKay yesterday announced he's running for the chairmanship of the state Republican Party.


In a letter to fellow party members, McKay says he thinks Republicans have a big opportunity to win elections in Rhode Island. He says a majority of residents favor smaller government and what he calls conservative solutions.

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Top Stories
6:57 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Testimony heard on med. marijuana applications

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Members of the public testified on who should sell medical marijuana in Rhode Island at a public hearing yesterday.

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."

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6:52 am
Tue February 8, 2011

Brown to review ROTC policy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown President Ruth Simmons has convened a committee to review military education at the university following the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."


In a letter to the campus community, Simmons says the group of students and faculty members will meet for the first time Tuesday and give a progress report as early as next month.

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RIPR News
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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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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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.

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