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New trial for McDonald denied

February 13, 2014

WARWICK - A motion for a new hearing in the case of former state senator Patrick Timothy McDonald was denied Monday in Kent County Superior Court.
McDonald will remain on $20,000 personal recognizance with home confinement as a condition, pending a March 12 sentencing date.

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SK CARES provides a ‘give-back situation’

February 13, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – While the first of February marked the end of National Mentoring Month, the mentors at South Kingstown CARES have not faltered in their work. In fact, the campaign for the group to recruit more mentors has only just begun.

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Vespia addresses ordinance discrepancy

February 13, 2014

SOUTH KINGSTOWN - While state regulations allow parking on the west side of Succotash Road in front of the Matunuck Oyster Bar, the town ordinance currently prohibits it.

At Monday’s town council meeting, the lack of consistency with the state regulation, which overrides the town ordinance, was discussed with several interested parties including Police Chief Vincent Vespia, and a representative for Perry Raso, who owns the oyster bar.

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Church bells case dismissed by Judge Sullivan

February 13, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – In a written decision issued Thursday, U.S. District Court Magistrate Patricia A. Sullivan dismissed the complaint filed by Narragansett resident John Devaney, claiming that the tolling of nearby church bells have caused disruption to his life.

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Decision forthcoming on kayak lawsuit

February 13, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – Associate Justice Kristin E. Rodgers will issue a written decision “sooner rather than later” in the case of the Kayak Centre of Rhode Island versus the town of Narragansett and Narrow River Kayaks.

Rodgers originally intended to issue a bench decision Monday in Washington County Superior Court, but, following oral arguments from attorneys for the Kayak Centre, Narrow River Kayaks, and the town, Rodgers said she needed more time to consider the facts of the case and would issue a written decision.

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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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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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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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Deepwater Wind hearings continue with CRMC

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT – The Ocean SAMP Subcommittee of the Coastal Resources Management Council will hold another public hearing in Narragansett to take public testimony on Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm and Block Island Transmission System project proposals.

The subcommittee held the first of three hearings Tuesday evening at the University of Rhode Island’s Bay Campus.

More than 60 people signed up to speak at the meeting, but Anne Maxwell Livingston, chair of the subcommittee ended the meeting shortly before 8 p.m., after nearly four hours.

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NHA aims to remove ‘troubled’ status

February 10, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - In December, the Narragansett Housing Authority [NHA] received a disturbing letter from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development [HUD] stating that the board and the executive director were unsatisfactory in several aspects, kicking off a long struggle to remove the “troubled” status from its shoulders.

At the housing authority meeting on Tuesday, Richard Longolucco from Coastal Housing Corporation met with the board to discuss ways to alleviate its troubled status with HUD, which must be done by June 30 of this year.

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