PROVIDENCE, RI – Bankruptcy for Central Falls, and the inside view from Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed. That's part of the discussion this week on political roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.
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PROVIDENCE,RI – By MEGAN HALL A surgeon at Rhode Island Hospital charged with forging prescriptions for himself and other employees has had his license to practice medicine suspended.
The Rhode Island Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline suspended Dr. Robert Villarreal's license and the license of his nursing assistant based on evidence from an investigation by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The last of five men arrested in a North Providence corruption scandal has been sentenced. Former town solicitor Robert Ciresi will serve five years and three months in prison for facilitating bribes for three former North Providence town councilors. Defense attorneys argued for home confinement for the 78-year-old attorney. Federal prosecutors wanted him to serve eight years in prison.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Connecticut officials plan to announce Thursday that the Providence Journal Company has paid a $22,000 settlement for violating a law in that state. The Journal Company has agreed to pay the settlement for operating in Connecticut without the legal authority to do business. In Connecticut businesses need to register with the Secretary of State's office and pay a fee. This is meant to protect Connecticut businesses from out-of-state competition.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A Tiverton bridge will be closed for a month for repairs. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says the Nannaquaket Bridge will be shut down starting next Tuesday, August 9th. The work is part of a $1.5 million project that also includes improvements to Peckham Road and Long Highway.
RIDOT has established the following detour routes for this closure:
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed an open records request with two of the largest police departments in the state seeking information about how it tracks residents through their cellphones. It's part of a larger push to understand the scope of cellphone data tracking in law enforcement.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Officials at TF Green airport say the partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration is slowing down plans to expand the airport's runway.
Rhode Island Airport Corporation CEO Kevin Dillon says a decision on the runway's environmental impact was supposed to be issued at the end of this month, but the authors have been furloughed thanks to the shutdown. And that could delay construction for another year.
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.