Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 11, 2010

A new plan to reduce Rhode Island’s looming deficit includes provisions to cut pension benefits, slash spending in areas of state government and reduce aid to municipal areas. Yet a last-minute change left a measure–one that would mandate that municipal employees “pay at least 15 percent of their health-insurance premiums in new contracts”–out of the plan, causing some to point to union influence as a spoiler in the state’s attempt to fix its budget problems.

Note to drug dealers: don’t repeatedly count “tall stacks of money” in front of an “oversized window of a loft apartment.” This is how one man was caught with cocaine and over $96,000–evidence that Rhode Islanders’ “large appetite for cocaine and other illicit drugs” makes drug trafficking a lucrative business, even for the state’s law enforcement.

Feeling sneezy lately? If so, it might be because 2010 is expected to be “a monster of an allergy season.” Pollen from early warm weather and mold from recent flooding are major reasons for Rhode Island’s allergy woes.

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