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RIPR News
7:48 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Landmark extends deadline for bids

Providence, RI – Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket is giving potential owners an extra five days to make a bid on the hospital.

Friday was originally the deadline for submitting proposals to buy Landmark, but now Judge Michael Silverstein has approved the hospital's request to extend that time-line to March 30th.

Landmark Spokesman Bill Fischer says the medical center and its union are in intense negotiations with several potential owners.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
1:22 pm
Wed March 23, 2011

Say Something Nice

WRNI – Is there a person alive who hasn't been smacked around a bit by life? Who hasn't had to swallow bitter pills and cope with profound disappointment now and then? It seems to be part of the package. Some of us find it easier than others to just let go in these instances, to just grin and bear it. And, as Jessica David believes, some of us discover that the best way to cope is to be . . . nice.

Jessica David lives and Providence and is director of strategy and planning at the Rhode Island Foundation.

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Morning News Podcast
10:57 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, March 23, 2011.

RIPR News
8:56 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Bill would limit early release for violent criminals

Providence, RI – Some violent criminals would no longer be able to get out of prison early for good behavior under a bill introduced Tuesday.

The legislation was sparked by the case of Michael Woodmansee, who was sentenced in 1983 to serve 40 years for killing a 5-year-old Wakefield boy. Due to accumulated good time credits, Woodmansee is eligible to leave prison later this year after serving 28 years of his sentence.

State Representative Teresa Tanzi calls that a flawed policy.

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Education
8:47 am
Wed March 23, 2011

Public voices negative reaction to Providence school closures

Providence, RI – The Providence School Department held its first community meeting Tuesday night on the proposed closure of four city schools. Reaction was mostly negative.

Sabrina Smith, a Providence school teacher and the parent of a student at one of the schools that may be closed, look directly at Mayor Angel Taveras and posed this queston:

"How can you sleep at night knowing that you're closing schools and sacrificing our children's education?"

The mayor responded, "I don't sleep a lot at night."

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RIPR News
6:02 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Advocates celebrate health care overhaul's birthday

Providence, RI – Today marks the one year anniversary of the nation's health care overhaul law. Federal officials are joining with Rhode Islanders to celebrate.

There will be a white sheet cake with "Happy 1st birthday Affordable Care Act" scrawled across the top during a party at the state house Wednesday afternoon.

Amy Black, the director of Health RIght Rhode Island, says she knows that's not a healthy choice.

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RIPR News
3:36 pm
Tue March 22, 2011

Landmark sues Blue Cross Blue Shield

Providence, RI – Financially troubled Landmark Medical center is suing Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island. The lawsuit seeks higher reimbursement rates from the health plan.

The documents filed in superior court allege that Blue Cross Blue Shield's payments to Landmark are unreasonable and in violation of Blue Cross's charitable nonprofit mission.

Landmark spokesman Bill Fischer says the reimbursement rates are a major cause of Landmark's financial woes.

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Morning News Podcast
10:22 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Tuesday, March 22

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, March 22, 2011.

Education
10:01 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Community meetings to address Providence school closures

RI Department of Education

Providence, RI – Providence residents will have the chance to weigh in tonight (Tuesday) on the proposed closures of four city schools. WRNI's Flo Jonic has a preview.

A 6 p.m. hearing at the Juanita Sanchez Educational complex in South Providence will give city residents their first chance to offer feedback on the proposed closures of four city schools. The closures are aimed at saving the cash-strapped city $12 million, which includes the salaries and benefits of 40 to 70 teachers.

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RIPR News
9:46 am
Tue March 22, 2011

Langevin says U.S. is taking "appropriate course of action" in Libya

Providence, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin supports the US role in striking at the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.

Langevin says he doesn't want to see the US get bogged down in a long-term situation in Libya. But he calls the American involvement in Libya justified.

"We can't be everywhere in the world," Langevin notes. The difference here is that Moammar Gadhafi has a very sophisticated military fighting force with overwhelming firepower and he's using that in some ways to target innocent civilian population."

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