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One of the more difficult bond issues to understand is Question 6, calling for a Constitutional Convention to establish co-equal branches of government, specifically to exclude legislators from serving on the boards and commissions they create and oversee. It's not the issue that's difficult to understand, but rather the failure of the various groups that support it, to lobby sufficiently for it. more
Almost eight years ago the state and federal governments repealed their taxes on luxury boats. As a result, the state economy has been boosted by nearly $3 billion dollars in growth, some industry members and state officials say.

Michael Keyworth, executive director of East Bay Economic Initiative a partnership between government and private business dedicated to promoting the marine industry in Rhode Island, said since the repeal of the state's 7 percent sales tax and the federal luxury tax -- 11 days apart from each other -- in 1993, the entire industry, including tourism and supporting business, has grown steadily, with 1999 estimates making it a $4.1 billion industry. more
Marian Marcoccio has been promoted to general manager at EvoCare/American HomePatient in East Providence. She is responsible for the operations of Infusion Services and the Home Health Care Agency. … more
Denise Dorato has been named nurse manager of Newport Hospital's maternal child health department. Her responsibilities include directing the activities in the birthing center and pediatrics unit, … more
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BUDDY'S BACK - Buddy Holly, played here by Van Zeiler, will be recalled in 'The Buddy Holly Story' April 25-30 at the Providence Performing Arts Center. At 30, Travis Turpin dreams of the day he'll have the opportunity to play the demanding musical roles, like that of Jabert in Les Miz, or the Beast in Beauty and the Beast. But for now, Turpin is content - more than content, maybe joyous - to be playing the Big Bopper in the Buddy Holly Story, a classic rock 'n' roll show. "It's probably the more
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