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October 6th, 2014

RI may be missing out on millions in marijuana tax

October 6, 2014

A recent study by NerdWallet, an organization that provides financial advice to individuals and businesses, estimates that by taking no action on the vote to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, the General Assembly may have missed out on more than $20 million in extra tax revenue for the state.
The number was calculated using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - specifically, the numbers of people over 25 who use marijuana. A formula was then used to come up with a total of $20,271,018 in potential tax revenue from the legalization.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

October 3rd

RI may be missing out on millions in marijuana tax

October 3, 2014

A recent study by NerdWallet, an organization that provides financial advice to individuals and businesses, estimates that by taking no action on the vote to legalize marijuana in Rhode Island, the General Assembly may have missed out on more than $20 million in extra tax revenue for the state.
The number was calculated using data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - specifically, the numbers of people over 25 who use marijuana. A formula was then used to come up with a total of $20,271,018 in potential tax revenue from the legalization.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

October 2nd

Blessing of the animals this weekend

October 2, 2014

Saturday, Oct. 4, Saint Luke's Church will host a Blessing of the Animals featuring a musical program and blessing of your beloved pets at 10:30 a.m.. Jacqueline Devillers and fellow musicians will perform music that invokes animals. This is a rain or shine event that will take place in the garden if weather permits, or otherwise in the downstairs dining room. Enjoy some music and bring your pets for a blessing. The Blessing of the Animals at Saint Luke's Church is located at 99 Peirce St., East Greenwich.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Callaghan, Gee start debate for Dist. 35 seat

October 2, 2014

NARRAGANSETT - The discourse was civil at the League of Women Voters debate Tuesday night at Narrragansett Town Hall as candidates James Callaghan and Mark Gee laid out their platforms for Senate District 35 (East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Narragansett). The seat is currently held by attorney general hopeful Dawson Hodgson.

James Callaghan
Democrat
Current Narragansett Town Council President

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

North Kingstown man arrested for child molestation

October 2, 2014

NORTH KINGSTOWN—A North Kingstown man appeared in Third District Court last week after being arrested on three counts of second degree child molestation. Seth Brigham, 48, of 2 Navy Drive, North Kingstown, was arrested after allegedly ‘acting inappropriately’ with children while playing a game of basketball at a local park.
According to the report, North Kingstown Police received a second complaint from a parent regarding Brigham’s actions towards a young girl, stating that he inappropriately grabbed her from behind while she was playing nearby to his apartment.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chronic absenteeism among young students a concern for schools

October 2, 2014

As part of National Attendance Awareness month, Rhode Island KIDS COUNT, The Providence Plan, and the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project convened for a special event on Monday afternoon entitled ‘The Importance of Reducing Chronic Absence in the Early Grades’ to address issues of chronic absenteeism in schools throughout the state.
According to reports from the Rhode Island Data Sharing Project, 16 percent of Rhode Island kindergarten students, 12 percent of first graders, 10 percent of second graders, and 10 percent of third graders were chronically absent during the 2013-2014 school year.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Feds know more than you think, says expert at URI colloquium

October 2, 2014

KINGSTON – If you’ve made or received a phone call in the last seven years, chances are the NSA knows about it.
James Bamford, an expert on the National Security Agency, informed attendees at the University of Rhode Island’s Honors Colloquium on Sept. 16 of the NSA’s continuing data collection.
According to Bamford, who spent three days interviewing NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden in Moscow this summer, the NSA has some of the most aggressive data collection on U.S. citizens and spends a large portion of its budget on electronic surveillance.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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