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Care New England Signs Deal With Boston-Based Partners HealthCare

Care New England announced Wednesday that it has signed an agreement to sell Rhode Island’s second-largest hospital network to Boston-based Partners HealthCare.

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Medical Professionals, Community Groups Oppose Drug Homicide Bill

Dozens of medical professionals and community groups are asking the Rhode Island Senate to delay a scheduled vote Wednesday on a bill to mandate life sentences for drug dealers in fatal overdose cases.

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Providence – A federal judge has denied Johnny Cochran and his legal team permission to represent the mother of the late Police Sergeant Cornell Young Junior. Magistrate Judge Robert Lovergreen is not objecting specifically to Cochran representing Leisa Young. He said in an order this week that there is no need for so many out of state lawyers.

Providence – After 11 years at the helm, Colonel Edmund Culhane is retiring as Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police. Governor Lincoln Almond announced today that the retirement would take effect on October 21. The governor also announced the promotion of Major Steven Pare to Colonel and Superintendent.

The Rhode Island National Guard is mobilizing its first troops to assist with the battle against terrorism. Forty-four members of the Rhode Island Air National Guard will be shipping out this week for active duty as part of a nationwide call-up of reservists. The guardsmen are members of the 143rd Rhode Island Air Wing.

The number of children in Rhode Island without health insurance has dropped to a record low. New statistics from the U.S. Census Bureau for the year 2000 show the number of children in the state without coverage has fallen to 2.4%. That is a decrease from 5.5% in 1999 and the lowest rate among any state in the country. The figures are based on the Census Bureau?s Curent Population Survey conducted in March.

Governor Lincoln Almond is backign President Bush's plan to federalize security at airports. For now, he is not taking up the president's suggestion to call up National Guard troops to provide extra security at T.F. Green Airport. The governor said in a statement he would consider using the National Guard, if there is any need later.

The Executive Director of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation says air travel in this country will never be the same. Michael Cheston welcomes calls for handing security duties at airports over the federal government. In the meantime,he says it's premature to conclude hijackers responsible for last week's terrorist attacks had assitance from workers at any airport. Hear Deborah Becker's conversation with Michael Cheston from WRNI's Morning Edition.

    While so many people were trying to get out of New York last week,WRNI producer Nate was trying to get in. He came away with these thoughts.

      People in Rhode Island and around the country have responded to last week's terrorist attacks with a spirit of giving. They're giving blood, money, goods, and time. Many donations are no longer being accepted. Experts say the magnitude of last week's events and all the media coverage has motivated people to become more charitable. Some local charities hope they don't later see decreases in donations for other causes. WRNI's Ellen Liberman prepared this report.

        Vigil

        More than 20-thousand mourners gathered at the State House last night to light candles and pray for the victims of terrorist attacks on Tuesday. Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty reminded the crowd that while the terrorists may have broken our hearts, they will not break our spirits. Family members of the nine Rhode Islanders killed were There, along with National Guard officer, firefighters, teachers, and parents hugging their children. More vigils are scheduled at churches and on college campuses across the state in the coming days.

        Providence – An estimated 20,000 people showed up at the Rhode Island State House last night for a candle light vigil in honor of those killed in New York and at the Pentagon this week. Many spoke of unity as they listened to messages from speakers. Including the Rev. Marlowe Washington, Governor Lincoln Almond, and Senator Jack Reed. Here are some excerpts assembled by WRNI?s Stephen Belter.

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