I finally figured out how to fix this on my own and wanted to post an update just in case anyone else out there is having the same problem.
It started when I upgraded to ICS, so I figured the settings had to have changed. Anyway, this is what I did to fix the problem...
Open Play store app
Menu-Settings- remove check mark by "Auto-add widgets"
That fixed the problem I was having. HTH
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