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5:19 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Public hearing to review Landmark bidder's set for next week

Providence, RI – Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket is once again altering its timeline and approach to finding a buyer.


Last Friday was supposed to be the day Landmark's Special Master recommended a potential buyer. Now, he's going to leave the entire decision up to the courts.


Judge Michael Silverstein will review the benefits of each of the five bidders- four for the entire Landmark system, one just for the rehab hospital- in a public hearing next week.

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RIPR News
5:12 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

Lawsuit filed over Zeppoles

Providence, RI – The first lawsuit over tainted Italian pastries at DeFusco's bakery in Johnston has been filed by a Massachusetts woman.

Erin Carrera of Rehoboth is suing DeFusco's Bakery on behalf of her son, who is only identified in the lawsuit as J.C.

Carrera says she bought Zeppoles from the bakery on March 18th. Her son experienced abdominal cramping, diarrhea, and fever after eating two of the pastries. He eventually received medical treatment and is still recovering from his symptoms.

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RIPR News
9:04 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Health department asking for more food inspectors

Providence, RI – The salmonella outbreak traced to tainted pastries from a Johnston bakery may ultimately result in enhanced public safety. Spurred by the case, the state health department is asking the legislature for more food inspectors.

Rhode Island businesses that prepare food for public consumption don't have to worry too much about surprise inspections from the state health department. The state has only 7 people to investigate 8,000 restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores and bakeries.

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RIPR News
8:41 am
Mon April 4, 2011

RI to apply for federal rail money

Providence, RI – Today is the deadline for Rhode Island to apply for a share of 2.4-billion dollars in federal rail money. The state Department of Transportation is expected to submit three separate proposals for projects worth a combined 31 million dollars. The largest of the projects would include constructing a third rail at the Kingston Station in South Kingstown. Charles St. Martin of the Department of Transportation said the third rail would create an easier flow of rail traffic.

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RIPR News
8:35 am
Mon April 4, 2011

RI has lowest rate of child death in US

Providence, RI – The Ocean State has the lowest rate of child deaths in the country. That's according to the latest Rhode Island Kids Count Factbook released Monday.

According to the latest yearly data from kids count, for every thousand children in Rhode Island, there are nine deaths. That's much better than the national average of 19 deaths per 1,000 children.

Kids Count's executive director Elizabeth Burke Bryant says it's proof that Rhode Island's efforts to make health insurance available to all children are working.

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Morning News Podcast
8:24 am
Mon April 4, 2011

Monday, April 4, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, April 4, 2011.

RIPR News
5:37 pm
Sat April 2, 2011

One Year After the Flood: Lessons Learned

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Throughout the past week, WRNI has brought you a series of in depth reports on last Spring's devastating floods. This morning, we conclude the series with a discussion of the primary culprit in the story: the Pawtuxet River.

Contributing factors, state response, and areas of improvement are just some of the topics that a Brown University professor and his students looked into for a special report.

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RIPR News
11:42 am
Fri April 1, 2011

More delays for Landmark

Providence, RI –
Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket won't be naming a potential buyer today after all.

Instead of presenting his choice for the medical center's new owner, Landmark's Special Master will ask for court advice on how much information he should reveal about the hospital's bidders.

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Political Roundtable
9:53 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Political Roundtable: A look back at 2010's flood

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Cranston Mayor Allan Fung critiques Governor Chafee's budget, and looking back at the great flood of 2010. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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Morning News Podcast
9:42 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Friday, April 1, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Friday, April 1, 2011.

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