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4:13 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

CMS finds no major problems at RI Hospital

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services or CMS are mostly pleased with what they uncovered after an intensive review of the operations at Rhode Island Hospital.

Hospital officials received the report released yesterday and say it lists only minor problems related to the hospital's pharmacy operations and its discharge evaluations.

Cathy Duquette with Rhode Island hospital says she's happy with the results.

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RIPR News
1:56 pm
Fri January 28, 2011

Legislation introduced for RI health insurance exchange

Providence, RI – Rhode Island is taking the first step in implementing a major portion of the federal health care overhaul.

New legislation introduced in the Senate would create a quasi-public agency to design Rhode Island's so called health insurance exchange- a place where residents can shop for health insurance that meets their needs and price range.

Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts says the exchange is similar to websites like Orbitz that let you compare airline prices.

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Top Stories
8:01 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Hope High battle could go to RI Supreme Court

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Hope High School students fighting a schedule change want a conference with the State Supreme Court today. At issue is 190 minutes of weekly teacher planning time. A new schedule cut that time by nearly half. The state Board of Education ruled that violates state regulation But the board says the school can until September to fix the problem. Attorney Miriam Weizenbaum says that's unusual

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RIPR News
7:55 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Newport gets J-Class sailing race

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Newport lost out on hosting the America's Cup this year but it's getting another big sailing event. The British based J Class Yacht Association has announced that Newport has been selected to host its regatta this summer. Gubernatorial spokesman Mike Trainor says three J-Class yachts will participate in five races.

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Local Features
7:51 am
Fri January 28, 2011

Providence, Mi Ciudad: a view from the schools

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Celia Cabrera likes to do her homework in her bedroom, where she curls up on a shiny purple bedspread. She's a typical 15-year old in many ways, with braces and boyfriend drama. Sometimes, she admits, she neglects her school work.

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RIPR News
4:41 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Snow keeps piling up

Providence, RI – One more inch of snow will make this the third snowiest January on record in Rhode Island, and some residents are saying enough is enough.

But not Bob Desforges. He's retired now, so he looks forward to using his snow blower every time there's a storm.

"Everybody's whining and whining about the storms," he says. "I love it. I wanted two feet. I wanted to show New England people this is what snow's all about."

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RIPR News
12:41 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

RI hit by another major storm

Cars slog through the ninth storm of the season in Providence on Wednesday. Photo by Joe O'Connor.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is digging out again this morning from another powerful snow storm. Vincent Baldini, of the Providence Parks Department, is clearing snow in Kennedy Plaza this morning. He says a big challenge is finding somewhere to put the latest snowfall.

"We've got a back hoe taking some of it out because we're supposed to get more snow," he says. "But pretty much we're just shooting it wherever we can to get rid of it."

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Local Features
12:34 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Musician profile: Carlos de Leon

Carlos de Leon is pictured here. Photo by Louis Oppenheimer.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For more than 20 years, Carlos De Leon and his band have been packing the clubs, playing traditional Latin jazz. In this month's Rhode Island Art-Scape and as part of our weeklong series, Providence: Mi Ciudad, WRNI's Catherine Welch caught up with De Leon and his trumpet to talk about his life and music.

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
12:05 pm
Thu January 27, 2011

Bill calls for making governor, lt. governor a joint ticket

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Representative Stephen Ucci of Johnston has introduced legislation that would have voters decide whether candidates for governor and lieutenant governor should run on one ticket.


The candidates running for the two top offices would share a party affiliation as well as a place on the ballot.

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Local Features
9:05 am
Thu January 27, 2011

Growth and challenges for city's Latino media

A Latino Public Radio correspondent is pictured at the inauguration of Governor Lincoln Chafee. Photo by Alex Nunes.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When Victor Cuenca began the publication Providence en Espanol, he was a one man news, advertising and circulation department working out of a walk-in closet in his North Providence apartment.

The Bolivian native still remembers the first day he went to print in August 1999.

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