The sale of Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center is on its way to being a done deal. Judge Michael Silverstein signed off Tuesday on Landmark’s sale to Prime Healthcare Services.
The deal includes the sale of Rehabilitation Hospital of Rhode Island in North Smithfield. Silverstein also signed off on a resolution to Landmark’s dispute with Blue Cross Blue Shield, giving Blue Cross members coverage at Landmark for two years.
If you are a aficionado of wine and works of art, you’ll be pleased that beginning Sunday you’ll get a sales tax break. This means that if you purchase win and spirits from a Rhode Island liquor store, you will not have to pay the state’s 7 percent sales tax.
And if you buy original works of art or limited edition art works anywhere in the Ocean State, the 7 percent sales tax is waived.
These tax breaks are the result of action taken by the 2013 General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
Woonsocket police said no one has stepped forward to claim an elaborate urn which was found in a storage locker earlier this month. But they have learned something about its contents.
Last week Woonsocket police put out an advisory urging the owner of a small urn to come forward to claim it. The urn is about four inches tall, silver in color, with a bright flower pattern. It contained a pile of ashes.
A survey of Rhode Island students has turned up some interesting findings.
The survey of 635 students was conducted last spring by Young Voices, a student advocacy group. They asked their peers what could be done to improve graduation and attendance rates. Young Voices executive director Karen Feldman said two issues came up repeatedly: discipline and hands on learning opportunities.
A pair of 19th century men’s shoes has been found in the old State House in Newport. The discovery at the so-called “Colony House” was made last week. It was not a complete surprise to historians.
The brown leather men’s slippers were discovered under the floor boards of a courtroom in the old Colony House last week. The building is undergoing an extensive renovation. Ruth Taylor, executive director of the Newport Historical Society, said they date to about 1830 and were probably left there as the building was under construction.
Tiverton police are looking for a local couple who allegedly used their children in a phony fundraising scam.
Tiverton police say a local couple has had their three children going door-to-door asking for donations for school. The scam started about two months ago, according to Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey.
Southern New England, in particular Massachusetts and Connecticut, needs more renewable generation to meet their clean-energy mandates. But the supply to meet that demand is mostly in the north wind power from the mountains of Maine, or hydroelectricity from vast reservoirs in Quebec.
RIPR health care reporter Kristin Gourlay joined host Dave Fallon in the studio to talk about what United Healthcare's recent decision to drop several hundred doctors from its Medicare Advantage plan means for the 36,0000 or so Rhode Islanders in that plan. Following is a transcript of their conversation, and a link to listen.