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7:51 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Hospice care may be beneficial to dementia suffers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Researchers out of Brown University say there's early evidence that hospice care for dementia patients improves the quality of their last days. But that's only if hospice care happens at the right time.

Family members of loved ones who received hospice care rated their medical experience higher than those who went without in categories including managing pain and treating shortness of breath. But patients who started hospice care too late had the worst experience.

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Politics
6:05 am
Mon August 8, 2011

Interview with Governor Lincoln Chafee

Governor Lincoln Chafee has faced a variety of challenges since taking office in January.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee has faced a variety of challenges since taking office in January. Even before a bankruptcy filing last week for Central Falls, Rhode Island was suffering from a soft economy and high unemployment. Chafee recently sat down with WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis to take a look back at his first six months in office.

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Local Features
12:28 pm
Sun August 7, 2011

Climbing Mount Everest

WRNI's Megan Hall with Dr. Louis Mariorenzi
Photo by Danielle Blasczak

Climbing Mount Everest

Jamestown, RI – Dr. Louis Mariorenzi is an orthopedic surgeon from Jamestown who's been mountain climbing for years. But this March he took on his greatest challenge- summiting Mount Everest. He spoke with WRNI's Megan Hall about his adventure in front of a live audience in Jamestown this July.

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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Political Roundtable
6:54 pm
Fri August 5, 2011

Political Roundtable - August 5, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to Political Roundtable for August 5, 2011. Special guest this week: Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed.

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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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