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BRETT SMILEY ‘S INTERVIEW on LPR was about the “Gun and Ammunition Tax Bill” officially introduced Thursday at the RI General Assembly

During his interview Smiley was asked how the campaign is going and what are the people asking. His responds was “The people want to see more action and progress”. He explained that there are three things the people are concern about, economics, public safety and quality public education. Interview on LPR
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Alex Rodriguez withdraws lawsuit to overturn suspension

Enbattled Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez has withdrawn his lawsuits against Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig and the players union regarding his season-long suspension. The notices of dismissal in the two lawsuits were filed Friday in a Manhattan federal court. This could be a sign he will accept his 162-game suspension. Earlier, the All-Star third baseman sued them hoping to have his ban overturned. He claimed the players union did not do enough to help his case. A-Rod had been under fire for alleged use of performance enhancing drugs and his supposed links to the owner of a Florida clinic…
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Hijacker Tries to Divert Plane to Sochi

A passenger aboard a commercial airline flight from Ukraine to Turkey tried to hijack it to Sochi, Russia, on Friday but the plane landed safely in Istanbul and the hijacker was taken into custody. The hijacker, identified as a Ukraine national claimed he had a bomb onboard. The plane was carrying 110 passengers and the crew was able to persuade the hijacker that they should land at Istanbul’s Sabiha Gokcen airport. Upon landing, special security forces which had been alerted to the situation entered the aircraft and detained him. According to reports, he was taken to the Istanbul Security Headquarters.…
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Invites Businesses to Apply for 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards Awards Recognize Local Business’ Efforts to Promote Employee Health

PROVIDENCE, RI (February 7, 2014) – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) announced that the call for applications for the 20th Annual Worksite Health Awards, which recognize Rhode Island companies with successful workplace wellness programs, is open now through Friday, February 28. In partnership with the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce, BCBSRI invites Rhode Island businesses to apply for a Worksite Health Award. All Rhode Island companies are eligible, including small (100 or fewer employees) and large businesses (over 100 employees), and applicants must demonstrate exceptional health and wellness programs and health-oriented workplace policies. Winning companies will…
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Sochi Olympic Games, Ban praises power of sport to unite all people

In Sochi, Russia, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon praised the power of sport to promote human rights and unite people regardless of their age, race, class, religious, ability, sex, sexual orientation or gender identity in a first of its kind address to the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “We must all raise our voices against attacks on lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender or intersex people,” Mr. Ban said as the first UN chief to address an IOC session. “We must oppose the arrests, imprisonments and discriminatory restrictions they face.” Mr. Ban cited Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter which enshrines the IOC’s…
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Raimondo and Fung “engage in destructive political games,” says Ken Block

Republican gubernatorial candidate Ken Block says Democrat Gina Raimondo and Republican Allan Fung are "engaging in destructive political games instead of working to solve the state's problems." "There is one main reason why Rhode Island has wound up as one of the worst states for jobs in the country: career politicians who pander for votes and make awful decisions as a result," said Block. Block pointed to a Wall Street Journal article describing how Treasurer Raimondo got the State Investment Commission to pull pension investments out of one of the highest-performing funds in the portfolio due to pressure from the…
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Biden Has Harsh Words for LaGuardia Airport

Biden: LaGuardia like a 'third world country' Vice President Joe Biden had some harsh words for LaGuardia Airport Thursday. Biden was speaking in Philadelphia where he stressed the need for infrastructure improvement. He said that the has fallen 20 spots in the quality of infrastructure, and that Hong Kong's Airport has the type of modern facilities that travelers would expect to see in the United States. "If I blindfolded someone and took them at 2 o'clock in the morning into the airport in Hong Kong and said, 'Where do you think you are?', they'd say, 'This must be America. It's…
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Gorbea Outraises Opponent for a Second Quarter in a Row

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Nellie Gorbea for Secretary of State Campaign announced its results for the last fundraising quarter of 2013. In the September to December 2013 period, Gorbea raised more than $54,000, bringing her total raised in 2013 to $172,000. This success results from contributions by more than 675 individuals to the Latina leader’s campaign. The majority of those contributions are from fellow Rhode Islanders, which shows the real grassroots character of this campaign. This is the second quarter in a row that Gorbea has outraised her opponent. “My candidacy draws from more than 20 years as a community…
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UFCW Local 328 Endorses Guillaume De Ramel for Secretary of State

PROVIDENCE – United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) Local 328 today endorsed Aquidneck Island businessman Guillaume De Ramel in his campaign to become Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State. Started in 1937 by five meat cutters, UFCW Local 328 today is the largest union in southeastern New England, representing nearly 12,000 workers in food service, banking, transportation, manufacturing, health care, barbers & cosmetology and recycling. “During tough economic times in our state and our region, Guillaume De Ramel understands that the most important thing he can do as Rhode Island’s next Secretary of State is to make it easier to…
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AT A NEWS CONFERENCE THIS MORNING AT THE STATE HOUSE, BRETT SMILEY’S “GUN AND AMMUNITION TAX BILL” OFFICIALLY INTRODUCED BY SENATOR GOLDIN & REPRESENTATIVE CIMINI

Earlier today, Brett Smiley's proposed 10% supplemental sales tax on all guns and ammunition sold in Rhode Island was formally introduced to the Rhode Island General Assembly by Senator Gayle Goldin. The House sponsor is Representative Maria Cimini, who is due to give birth today and was unable to attend the press conference. The bill promises to allocate all funds raised from this tax to every town and city police department based proportionally on the prevalence of crime in each area, and then each police department will further allocate the money to non-profits with a demonstrated commitment to reducing crime…
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