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9:50 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

Flanders responds to critics on handling of Central Falls

PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls Receiver Robert Flanders Jr. has responded to criticism that his office failed to give lawmakers a plan when he asked the state for financial help.


Flanders asked lawmakers for some $7 million to plug budget holes. House Speaker Gordon Fox told WRNI that lawmakers refused to give Central Falls the money because there wasn't a plan to back up the cash. Flanders disagrees, saying current union negotiations and a public safety study kept his office from delivering details.

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RIPR News
3:28 pm
Wed July 20, 2011

RI dispensaries encouraged by New Jersey gov

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Medical marijuana advocates in Rhode Island are cheering New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's decision to allow the states marijuana dispensaries to move forward. They're hoping Governor Lincoln Chafee does the same thing.

How do Rhode Island's stalled compassion centers feel about Governor Christie's decision?

"I was actually surprised," says Seth Bock with the yet to open Greenleaf Compassionate Care Center.

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Morning News Podcast
8:41 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, July 20, 2011.

This I Believe Rhode Island
7:08 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Cherish the Moments

WRNI – There are some experiences in life that children should not have to endure. Life can be brutal, of course, but there's something particularly tragic when our worst nightmares are visited upon the young. Sadly, seventh grader Jordan Rivas has learned some of life's painful lessons much too early.

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RIPR News
6:18 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Ethics commission tables a request by Taveras

PROVIDENCE, RI – The State Ethics Commission yesterday tabled a request by Providence Mayor Angel Taveras for an advisory opinion related to his past work as a private lawyer.

The issue involves Taveras' legal representation, before he was mayor, of a man shot near the Sportsman's Inn strip club in 2006.

Prospective buyers of the club are seeking a loan through an economic development arm of the city chaired by Taveras.

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6:07 am
Wed July 20, 2011

Historic synagogue cited for unsafe conditions

PROVIDENCE, RI – The city of Providence is taking the owner of an historic synagogue to court over the failure to maintain the property.

The owners of Shaare Zedek Synagogue have been cited by the Providence Inspections and Standards Department for unsafe conditions. An inspector found a door unlocked and its roof leaking due to the theft of part of its copper roof.

The owners failed to make repairs within the requisite 30 days so the city is taking them to court.

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RIPR News
6:04 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

RI to the Red Cross: stay away from our blood

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
A letter signed by the presidents of every hospital in Rhode Island is calling on residents to think twice about where they donate blood.

The Rhode Island Blood Center is the primary source for blood for the Ocean State's hospitals- Rhode Island's Red Cross doesn't collect blood. That's why local medical centers were alarmed when the Red Cross in Massachusetts started conducting blood drives in Rhode Island last fall.

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RIPR News
3:10 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Explaining ahead for Central Falls receiver

PROVIDENCE, RI – Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr will meet with retired police and firefighters Tuesday morning at Central Falls High to discuss their pension. The so-called John Hancock pension is projected to run out of money by October.

Later this week, Flanders is expected to meet with the city council to talk about their role in city government.

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RIPR News
12:49 pm
Tue July 19, 2011

Women and Infants tops U.S. News rankings of area hospitals

Providence, RI – U.S. News and World Reports is out with its annual rankings of hospitals by region and by specialty.

For the 2nd year in a row, Women and Infants Hospital earned the title of best hospital in the Providence metro area, followed by a tie for second between Rhode Island Hospital and Memorial Hospital.

In terms of specialty care, Women and Infants placed 19th in the country for gynecology and 34th in the nation for the care of newborns.

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8:17 am
Tue July 19, 2011

Hasbro sales and marketing division moves to Providence

Governor Lincoln Chafee welcomes Hasbro's Sales and Marketing Division to Providence.
Photo by Flo Jonic

PROVIDENCE, RI – Hasbro has announced plans to move its sales and marketing division into a Providence building formerly occupied by Blue Cross/Blue Shield. It also plans to hire nearly 300 workers.

With state leaders and a giant Mr. Potato Head standing at his side, Hasbro chief executive officer Brian Goldner announced that the company has leased the former Blue Cross/Blue Shield building across from the Dunkin Donuts Center.

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