March 7, 2013

New England Dispatches

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The Woonsocket Call reports doctors told police that one victim, 27-year-old Josef Tallo, may be paralyzed. The other victim, 25-year-old Fatima DaSilva, owns the pit bull.

All three people were hospitalized after the incident. Police have charged Jones with felony assault and domestic disorderly conduct.

Police say the dog's quarantine is part of standard procedure after a biting incident involving a person.


CVS pushes back on plan to cut business-tax credit

While Gov. Lincoln Chafee's plan to shrink corporate income taxes is winning support in Rhode Island's business community, his proposal to pay for the cut is running into trouble with one of the state's biggest companies.

A CVS Caremark lobbyist says that while the company backs Chafee's call to cut the corporate income tax from 9 to 7 percent, it will have to reconsider its presence in Rhode Island if Chafee and lawmakers reduce a business tax credit worth $15 million annually to the Woonsocket-based company.

Chafee says cutting the corporate tax would benefit many companies - including CVS. A 7 percent corporate tax rate would be the lowest in New England.

The House Finance Committee reviewed Chafee's proposal Wednesday.


Cumberland Farms stores fined for gasoline violations

The Vermont Attorney General's office says nine Cumberland Farms stores have been issued violations regarding the monitoring of underground gasoline storage tanks.

The attorney general's office says the 39 violations happened between 2005 and 2010.

The Caledonian-Record reports Cumberland Farms negotiated a court-approved settlement in which the company admitted to the violations and agreed to pay a civil penalty of $150,000. It must also start a compliance plan.

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