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6:09 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

RI Hospital doc charged with drug fraud

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
An orthopedic surgeon from Rhode Island Hospital and his assistant were charged in federal court Wednesday for allegedly forging prescriptions and illegally distributing medication.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office, Dr. Robert Villarreal and Gary Menissian allegedly used forged prescriptions to obtain Percocet, Vicodin, Adderall, and Ativan pills through a scheme at Rhode Island Hospital.

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4:35 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

Central Falls begins bankrupty hearings

PROVIDENCE, RI – The first hearing on the Central Falls bankruptcy petition will be held Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Providence.


Federal Judge Frank Bailey will preside over a status hearing set to begin at 11 am.


Robert Flanders, the state-appointed receiver who's been running the city for several months, will lay out his case for bankruptcy protection and the city's plan to restore itself to financial health. He has petitioned the court to void all existing collective bargaining agreements.

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4:29 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

The legal fight begins over Central Falls bankruptcy

PROVIDENCE, RI – The fight over Central Falls' fiscal crisis moved Wednesday to U.S. Bankruptcy Court, where the two sides offered sharply different messages.


Receiver Robert Flanders says he's moving ahead with a plan, to include about 40 layoffs, to cut Central Falls' expenses to match its $16 million in annual revenue.

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11:58 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Home & Hospice and Visiting Nurse Service to merge

PROVIDENCE, RI – Two organizations that provide services to the sick and dying are teaming up to form one organization. Home and Hospice Care of Rhode Island and Visiting Nurse Service of Greater Rhode Island have agreed on a merger.

The two organizations say it's a natural partnership- creating a seamless transition between treating patients at home and making them comfortable at the end of their lives.

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10:56 am
Wed August 3, 2011

RI Delegation defends debt ceiling votes

PROVIDENCE, RI – None of them liked the largely Republican-crafted debt ceiling bill, but all four Democrats in Rhode Island's congressional delegation voted for it to avert an unprecedented default on the nation's debt. "I held my nose," said junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, voicing displeasure over the bill's plan to trim the deficit by $2 trillion without increasing taxes. "The thing that I'm left with is revulsion that all of the cuts are coming out of ordinary families," said Whitehouse.

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10:24 am
Wed August 3, 2011

College students, sexting and cellphone behavior

The vast majority of college students have sent or received sexual messages on their cellphones.
Photo by Elisabeth Harrison

PROVIDENCE, RI – The vast majority of college students have sent or received sexual messages on their cellphones, according to new study release by Sue Adams of the University of Rhode Island.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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9:49 am
Wed August 3, 2011

Providence reaches tentative deal with teachers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence teachers will begin voting Thursday on a new contract that will save the city $17.5 million or roughly ten percent a year in instructional costs.


The tentative three-year pact would have teachers forgoing raises the first two years, paying more for their health insurance, giving up some sick leave and teaching an extra 15 minutes a day.

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8:34 am
Wed August 3, 2011

RI Reps react to Giffords appearance

Providence, RI – Rhode Island congressmen David Cicilline and James Langevin say they were surprised and delighted to see Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-AZ, return to the House floor for the debt ceiling vote Monday night. It was her first appearance in Washington since before being shot in the head January 8th by a gunman in Tucson, Arizona.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
7:45 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Letting People Go

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6:26 pm
Tue August 2, 2011

Teachers aid charged with assaulting 14 young girls

PROVIDENCE, RI – A teachers aid working at a Providence elementary school has been charged with 18 counts of simple assault.


Prosecutors say 30-year-old Eric Andrews of East Providence asked young girls to sit on his lap. He would then allegedly rub their backs and slide his hand down to pat their buttocks.

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