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6:42 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

What Now: Implementing the health care overhaul in Rhode Island

Policy and Pinot

WRNI – A discussion on the realities of health care reform in the Ocean State. The program was produced in conjunction with the Providence Athenaeum and recorded at the Athenaeum on February 22. 2011

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RIPR News
3:57 pm
Fri February 25, 2011

GIfford on 6 years as Director of the Department of Health

Providence, RI – This week is officially the end of Dr. David Gifford's term as the Rhode Island Director of the Department of Health. Gifford resigned from the post back in January and is spending his last days on vacation. Before he left, Gifford met with WRNI's Health Care reporter Megan Hall to reflect on his six years at the department.

By lunch time on his last day at work, Dr. David Gifford's office was almost bare.

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Economy
7:01 am
Fri February 25, 2011

Consultant: RI could tap into tourism's potential with better marketing

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A consultant says Rhode Island's tourism industry is losing market share to states that do a better job promoting themselves.


Mitch Nichols says the Ocean State has great attractions, but is getting out-marketed by Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. The Arizona-based consultant was hired by the state Economic Development Corporation.

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RIPR News
6:53 am
Fri February 25, 2011

RI under flood watch

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A flood watch is now in effect for the entire state of Rhode Island. National Weather Service meteorologist Matt Doody says rain and melting snow could create issues in areas prone to flooding.


"Certainly the normal urban trouble spots and smaller streams that are normally prone to flooding," Doody says.

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Top Stories
6:45 am
Fri February 25, 2011

School board approves city plans for termination notices

Photo of Providence City Hall by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence's school board is allowing city officials to move forward with plans to send termination notices to the city's entire teaching staff.


The move, which means all teachers face potential termination, was approved in a 4 to 3 vote last night.


Providence teachers' union president Steve Smith says the layoff notices are unjustified and that they follow what he thought had been a period of collaboration between union and city officials.

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RIPR News
6:41 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

Dr. Michael Fine to serve as interim health director

Providence, RI – The medical director for Rhode Island's prisons is now the interim head of the Department of Health. Governor Lincoln Chafee has named Dr. Michael Fine as the temporary replacement for outgoing director Dr. David Gifford.

Dr. Fine most recently served as the director of medical services at the Department of Corrections, but he's probably best known as the force behind Health Access RI- a program designed to offer low cost primary care to people without insurance.

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RIPR News
5:34 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

URI President condemns hateful acts on campus

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – University of Rhode Island President David Dooley says he's received positive reaction from his memo sent campus-wide condemning hateful acts. Dooley was especially disturbed by a defaced poster of Martin Luther King Jr and harassment of some gay students.

Dooley says it wasn't just one act, but many over time that prompted him to send the memo. He says hateful acts are cropping up at colleges across the country. And at URI, creating a culture of civility is a primary goal.

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RIPR News
1:59 pm
Thu February 24, 2011

RI Doc license suspended

Providence, RI – A Rhode Island doctor has had his license suspended after driving his vehicle into a liquor store in Seekonk.

Dr. Joseph Grillo has been charged with crashing through the entry way of the store under the influence of alcohol in the early morning of February 16th.

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RIPR News
11:39 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Reed calls for probe into psy-ops claims

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says the Department of Defense needs to conduct a thorough investigation into a report that he and other dignitaries may have been subjected to propaganda techniques by the US Army while visiting Afghanistan.

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Economy
11:38 am
Thu February 24, 2011

Can arts businesses help bring Pawtucket back?

Artist Jill Davis is pictured at her Pawtucket studio. Photo by Catherine Welch.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Advocates say the arts can help put a city on the map, but can they also help put a city budget in the black? Pawtucket officials are hoping the answer to that question is yes.

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