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RI News
9:17 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Three Men Arrested In Providence Arson Scheme

Three men have been arrested on charges of participating in an arson-for-hire scheme. 

The three men are charged in federal court with setting fire to an occupied multi-family home in Providence in exchange for a payment of $7,500.  The fire happened in the early hours of November 2nd

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RI News
9:02 am
Thu December 12, 2013

What's At Stake In Exeter's Recall Election

Tow Clerk's Office in Exeter
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Voters head to the polls in Exeter on Saturday for a recall election that could send a majority of the town council packing. 

The recall was sparked by a dispute over gun permits.  It started after four out of five town councilors supported a move to put permits for concealed weapons in the hands of the attorney general instead of the town clerk.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with political analyst Scott MacKay to find out what's at stake in this unusual election.

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RI News
3:38 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Barrington Police: Pot Package Left Outside Carmelite Monastery

Barrington police are investigating an unusual drug case. On Sunday, someone left a bag of marijuana outside the Carmelite Monastery in Barrington.

Around 2:30pm Sunday a sister at the Carmelite Monastery in Barrington saw a person drop a package underneath a bush near the parking lot.  The sisters went out to investigate and were surprised to find the bag contained what appeared to be marijuana. 

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Health Care
9:10 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Department of Health Cracking Down On Ambulance Company

Imagine riding in an ambulance without heat. That’s apparently been the reality for some people who use the New England Ambulance Company.  The state Health Department is putting a stop to the practice.

The Rhode Island Health Department has ordered the New England Ambulance Company to stop running vehicles without heat.  The department says it will issue fines of 100 dollars a day if the Johnston firm continues to do so.

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RI News
8:59 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Rhode Island Judge Voices Concern Over Closure of Local Women's Prison

Rhode Island judge Mary Lisi is one of a dozen federal jurists asking the Justice Department to re-think its closure of a women’s prison in Danbury, Connecticut.  The judges are concerned about families having to travel long distances to see women inmates.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is transitioning its female prison in Danbury, Connecticut to an all-male facility. It’s the only federal women’s prison in the Northeast. It will forcing judges to sentence women inmates to prisons in Philadelphia, West Virginia or Alabama.

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RI News
3:20 am
Wed December 11, 2013

PACs Form on Both Sides of the Exeter Recall

On Saturday Exeter residents will decide whether they will recall four of their five town councilors. Angry residents petitioned for the recall after the town council asked lawmakers to move the permitting of concealed guns from the town clerk to the attorney general’s office.

Those who oppose the recall said gun enthusiasts outside of Exeter are influencing the town politics. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch looked into that claim and joins us now.

ELISABETH: So this recall is centered on who hands out permits in Exeter for concealed weapons.

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RI News
4:27 pm
Tue December 10, 2013

RI Bishop Tobin Receives Backlash for Mandela Comment

Bishop Tobin is under fire for comments made about the recently deceased South African leader Nelson Mandela
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island Catholic Bishop Thomas Tobin is receiving criticism over remarks he made on the death of Nelson Mandela. 

On Sunday, two days after the South African leader died, Tobin issued a statement calling Mandela’s support of abortion rights “shameful.” 

The Washington DC based group “Catholics United” said Tobin’s comments reflect a level of tone deafness that is tragic.  Catholics United director James Salt noted that Tobin’s remarks stand in stark contrast to Pope Francis, who last week praised Mandela’s steadfast commitment to human rights.

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RI News
10:50 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Tuesday's Snowfall Is Expected To Stick Around

A snowy commute this morning for our healthcare reporter Kristin Gourlay.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island is under a winter weather advisory until 5 pm this afternoon.

Charles Foley of the National Weather service says, that Southern New Englanders should prepare for the first good snowfall of the season.

"I think we’re looking at the first plow-able snow event this year, we expect snow to begin around 9 to 10 o’clock this morning, ending around 5 this afternoon,” said Foley.

Two to four inches of snow are predicted to accumulate, and could prove to be a problem for the morning commute.

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Environment
10:38 am
Tue December 10, 2013

RI Joins States Seeking Protection From Polluters

Rhode Island is one of eight state's seeking EPA protection from out-of-state polluters.

Rhode Island is one of eight states that are petitioning the Environmental Protection Agency for protection from out-of-state polluters.

The multi-state action is directed at Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia. 

The petition cites decades of inaction by these so-called ‘upwind’ states and asks the EPA to require them to join a compact of states committed to reducing pollution.

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Arts & Culture
9:05 am
Tue December 10, 2013

Students From Across Rhode Island Bring Music To The Statehouse For The Holidays

Chorus students from West Glocester Elementary School.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Elementary, middle and high school students from across Rhode Island are storming the State House this month to perform music for the holiday season.

The holiday concerts are part of a series put on by the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, with up to three or four schools singing in a row, in the Statehouse Rotunda.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught a few of those concerts and has this audio postcard.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?  Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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