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June 27th

Local ACOs oppose removal of ban on pit bulls

June 27, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The bill was championed by animal rights groups and boosters of that most controversial of canines, the pit bull.
But Pawtucket Animal Control Officer John Holmes says state lawmakers won’t be doing the dogs any favors if they prohibit cities and towns from enforcing local bans on pit bulls.
The city banned “pits” in 2004 after a series of attacks on pets and humans that caused serious injuries. Authorities also suspected illegal dog fights were being staged in Pawtucket after finding the mangled remains of deceased animals abandoned like trash.

June 26th

Budget gets House OK despite hot debate

June 26, 2013

PROVIDENCE -- Votes to establish a state budget are annually strange and unwieldy affairs, but the $8.2 billion document that squeaked through the House of Representatives Wednesday night with just two votes to spare was one for the books.

Mayor asks Chafee to pressure regulators on stalled Landmark sale

June 26, 2013

WOONSOCKET – Mayor Leo T. Fontaine is calling on Gov. Lincoln Chafee to untangle the “inexcusable” red tape that’s knotting up the sale of Landmark Medical Center, which marks five years in receivership this week.

In a sharply worded letter, Fontaine reminded the governor that he stood in the lobby of Landmark in 2011 and promised to do everything in his power to save the struggling community hospital.

Hernandez charged with murder

June 26, 2013

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was arrested Wednesday and charged with murder in the shooting death of a friend prosecutors say had angered the NFL player at a nightclub a few days earlier by talking to the wrong people.

Hernandez, 23, was taken from his North Attleborough home in handcuffs just over a week after Boston semi-pro football player Odin Lloyd's bullet-riddled body was found in an industrial park a mile away.

June 25th

Voter turnout better than expected

June 25, 2013

BLACKSTONE — The hot and humid weather Tuesday was no hindrance to Lou Ryan as she made her way into the Municipal Center with her daughter, Sharon Finn, of New Hampshire, to vote in the special state election filling U.S. Senator John Kerry’s vacant seat senate.

Police nab eighth person in March home invasion

June 25, 2013

WOONSOCKET – City police are weighing in on the debate over privacy and medical marijuana after making yet another arrest in a home invasion case that dates back months.
Joshua Gagne, 24, of 482 Park Ave., is the eighth individual charged in connection with the March 24 home invasion at 154 Park Ave., an address police now say housed an operation licensed to grow marijuana under the state’s medical marijuana law.

June 24th

Budget panel considers backup tax

June 24, 2013

WOONSOCKET – The much ballyhooed $2.5 million supplemental tax bill that’s still dangling in limbo as the 2013 session of the General Assembly draws to a close could look unexpectedly palatable compared to what the Budget Commission has in mind as its go-to alternative.
If the supplemental dies, commissioners said Monday, they’ll explore the possibility of raising an “administrative tax” of $4.7 million, on top of regular 2014 taxes, in a manner that lawmakers already approved more than a decade ago.

Area cooling centers open due to the heat

June 24, 2013

WOONSOCKET — It was hot on Monday, up to 93 degrees in northern Rhode Island, and the weather was generating more concern for potential health impacts than a typical summer day due to higher than normal readings of ground level ozone.

C.F. chemical fire draws dozens of responders

June 24, 2013

CENTRAL FALLS — Brutally hot outside temperatures and a fire and chemical spill inside a paint factory combined to cause a hazardous and uncomfortable scene for dozens of area firefighters on Monday.
Firefighters responded to the five-alarm blaze at around 11:30 a.m. at General Polymer Inc., an industrial paints and coatings company located at 59 Foundry St. The company occupies a three-story, 75,000-square foot brick mill building located in a densely populated neighborhood off Broad Street.

June 23rd

City commits to accounting firm switch

June 23, 2013

WOONSOCKET – By all accounts, the firm Braver PC of Providence had done a praiseworthy job auditing the city’s books for the last six years.

So why did the Budget Commission cut Braver loose, awarding the city’s auditing contract to a higher bidder from New London, Conn.?

Officials say their hands were tied by a City Council ordinance designed to prevent auditing firms from getting too cozy with the city. The ordinance prohibits the city from doing business with one accounting firm for more than six years in a row.

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