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February 13th

Bill would tax E-cigarettes at 80 percent

February 13, 2014

PROVIDENCE – Tomorrow afternoon the House Finance Committee will hear public comment regarding house bills 7021 and 7133, which lump the sale of electronic cigarettes into the same category as traditional tobacco products, including online purchase restrictions, licensing for distributors and retailers, and an 80 percent punitive excise tax on the purchase of electronic cigarette devices.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Super Bowl coming to Gillette? When hell freezes over

February 13, 2014

There was a lot of oddball news last week, coming from many different directions. To wit:

Octo Guthrie?
The Internet has been ubiquitous in politics (and vice-versa) for many campaign cycles not, so it was inevitable that some folks employ it for mischievous purposes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

ARLSRI to present the Golden Paw Awards on Feb. 21

February 13, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - The Animal Rescue League of Southern Rhode Island’s (ARLSRI) work with homeless, neglected and abused animals is taking a step toward community outreach, hosting an event at the Towers and honoring the first ever ARLSRI Golden Paw Award recipients.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Smart Money Tour comes to Wakefield on Friday

February 13, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - Last-minute Valentine’s Day shoppers at the Wakefield Mall might actually leave with more money than they came in with this year.

On Valentine’s Day, scheduled because the mall is expected to be busy, the Rhode Island Treasurer’s Office will have a booth set up specifically to help people claim money that is rightfully theirs.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

VIEWPOINT: Ballot question could determine future of homelessness in RI

February 13, 2014

I was heartbroken to see so many people waiting in line to file applications for subsidized housing this past year. We’re approaching a tough time for baby boomers, who due to the constraints of a poor economy and a dozen other factors are having trouble competing for jobs in a tech-savvy world.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Robinson speaks on importance of religion in LGBTQ movement

February 13, 2014

KINGSTON – Gene Robinson, the nation’s first priest in an openly gay relationship to be consecrated a bishop, delivered the keynote address Sunday afternoon to kick off the University of Rhode Island’s LGBTQ Center Symposium.

Robinson, 66, was elected bishop of diocese of New Hampshire in the Episcopal Church in 2003, and retired from his post last year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

New policy in place for town records requests

February 13, 2014

CHARLESTOWN — At its Monday night meeting, the town council enacted a new policy to begin charging for large public records requests.

Because of The Access to Public Records Act (APRA), the public may “gain access to information amassed through the years by their cities and towns,” according to the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns.

The state also allows towns to charge a maximum rate of 15 cents per page and $15 per hour for such requests.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Richmond and Hopkinton to discuss joining forces to change Chariho Act

February 13, 2014

RICHMOND — At its Tuesday night meeting last week, the Richmond Town Council responded affirmatively to the Hopkinton Town Council’s invitation to get together and discuss possible changes to the Chariho Act. The invitation had been extended during Hopkinton’s town council meeting the previous evening.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

CVS decision to stop selling cigarettes roundly applauded

February 13, 2014

CVS Caremark announced Wednesday that it will stop selling cigarettes and tobacco products at all of its stores beginning this fall.

By Oct. 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores nationwide.

The Rhode Island-based national pharmacy chain is the first to take such action.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

School committee approves budget for 2015

February 13, 2014

WOOD RIVER JUNCTION — Laboring under the burden of last year’s thrice-rejected budget, the Chariho School Committee voted 9-2 to approve the 2015 budget as presented by Superintendent Barry Ricci. Of the 11 school committee members, Georgia Ure and Keven Miller cast the two dissenting votes.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

 

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