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Morning News Podcast
8:57 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Friday, August 5, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 2, 2011.

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Political Roundtable
4:26 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Political Roundtable: Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed on WRNI's Political Roundtable.
Photo by: Ian Donnis

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.

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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RIPR News
4:23 pm
Thu August 4, 2011

Health dept suspends surgeon's license following drug charges

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.

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RIPR News
9:24 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Attorney sentenced to five years in prison

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.

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RIPR News
9:10 am
Thu August 4, 2011

ProJo pays fine

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.

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RIPR News
8:12 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Central Falls bankruptcy hearings begin

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

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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RIPR News
7:42 am
Thu August 4, 2011

Tiverton bridge closure slated

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:

From Nannaquaket Road:

Follow Nannaquaket Road south to Main Road

Turn left onto Main Road

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Top Stories
7:38 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

RI ACLU wants to know if police track people through cellphones

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.

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RIPR News
7:14 pm
Wed August 3, 2011

FAA partial shutdown stalls TF Green runway project

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.

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RIPR News
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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