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  1. News | NEW: GOP Chair Bell Sued for Defamation by Rep. ArchambaultRead the original story w/Photo

    Nov 1, 2016 | Go Local

    Smithfield State Representative Stephen Archambault has filed a defamation lawsuit against Rhode Island Republican State Party Chair Brandon Bell, claiming that an ad published by Bell was defamatory and "knowingly false. The lawsuit, filed by Archambault's attorney Tim Robenhymer on Monday, charged Bell and Smithfield GOP Chair James Archer, individually and in their roles as party chairs, with "defamation, false light, and joint and several liability" for alleging Archambault had a role in letting the Town Council President's brother off on a domestic violence charge, while serving as an assistant town solicitor.

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  2. Sports | Brown Football Set to Open Season at BryantRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 16, 2016 | Go Local

    The Brown Bears football team kicks off their 2016 campaign on Saturday afternoon when they face instate rival Bryant in Smithfield at 1 p.m. The Bears are coming off a 2015 season in which they went 5-5 overall and 3-4 in the Ivy League. This season's squad carries a mix of new faces, including at quarterback, and familiar faces returning from injury.

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  3. News | Parents in North Smithfield Fight for Examination of Cancer ConcernsRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 19, 2016 | Go Local

    Instances of pediatric cancer in North Smithfield have some residents asking for more information about what the town uses for chemicals and where. North Smithfield residents are asking the town to look into the chemicals used at schools and public spaces after a fifth case of pediatric cancer in five years was recently diagnosed, to rule out any environmental factors -- and sides are sparring about how to go about doing so.

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  4. Sports | CBS Sports Names Bryant Best Football Team in Rhode IslandRead the original story w/Photo

    Aug 16, 2016 | Go Local

    The Bryant Bulldogs football team has been named the best football team in Rhode Island entering the 2016-17 season by CBS Sports. "Bryant didn't meet its conference title expectations in the Northeast Conference last season, but there's still no one better in the state," said CBS Sports about Bryant.

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  5. Politics | Lombardi Running for North Smithfield School CommitteeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jul 10, 2016 | Go Local

    Jim Lombardi, has announced his bid to retain his seat in this year's election. Lombardi, who was appointed to the school committee in December following Robert Lafleuer's resignation, is running to continue his efforts in establishing North Smithfield as Rhode Island's best community for families and residents.

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  6. News | NEW: Burrillville Residents Denied Local Vote on New Power Plant by Senate CommitteeRead the original story w/Photo

    Jun 15, 2016 | Go Local

    The proposed Invenergy power plant in Burrillville will not have to face a local vote on the tax treaty, following a Senate vote on Wednesday. The Senate Judiciary Committee voted on Wednesday against two bills that would have allowed Burrillville residents a vote in any tax treaty between the town and a proposed power plan.

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  7. Politics | NEW: Sen. O'Neill Looking at Governor or General Treasurer in '18Read the original story w/Photo

    May 2, 2016 | Go Local

    Former Independent-turned-Republican State Senator Edward O'Neill is potentially eyeing higher office in Rhode Island, including the positions of Governor or General Treasurer, after announcing Monday he is not seeking re-election. He had tough words about the performance of sitting Governor Gina Raimondo as well as Treasurer Seth Magaziner.

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  8. Politics | Guest MINDSETTERSa Sen. Cote & Rep. Reilly:...Read the original story w/Photo

    Apr 25, 2016 | Go Local

    We all learned in school that our system of government involves three separate branches - the legislative, executive and judicial - each with the ability to keep the others from becoming too powerful or exceeding their authority. One of the most important checks involves the legislative branch's ability to keep the executive branch from spending too much money.

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  9. GoLocalProv | News | RI Unions Spent Over $350,000 Lobbying the LegislatureRead the original story w/Photo

    Apr 15, 2016 | Go Local

    According to a GoLocal review of data culled from the Secretary of State's office, public and private sector labor unions spent about $351,866 lobbying the General Assembly in the last full year reported -- 2015. While there's a rampant perception that unions dominate the lobbying scene in Rhode Island, those numbers indicate that perception couldn't be further from the truth, say union lobbyists and union officials. 1 comment

  10. GoLocalProv | News | Guest MINDSETTERa¬Ą¬Ę Berwick: Tax Reform in Rhode IslandRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 22, 2016 | Go Local

    To improve Rhode Island's economy, Rhode Island's sales tax rate should be reduced to 3% on all taxable items and services rendered and that food, clothing and boats shall be included in the list of taxable items. One low, broad based sales tax rate will save every business time and money.

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