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6:36 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Chafee plans Waterfire inaugural reception

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Incoming Gov. Lincoln Chafee is planning what his office says is a frugal inauguration on Jan. 4, featuring Rhode Island's favorite free public arts event, Waterfire.


Chafee's office says Wednesday it recognizes the difficult economic climate and to cut costs, there won't be an inaugural ball. Instead, the five general officers will hold five evening receptions in Providence in restaurants overlooking Waterfire.

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6:19 am
Thu December 16, 2010

Receiver calls for dramatic action in Central Falls

Pfeiffer says he found no evidence at city hall of financial forecasting.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Central Falls receiver Mark Pfeiffer recommends merging Central Falls and Pawtucket.

Pfeiffer says for at least a decade the city created pension obligations but failed to plan on how to pay for them.

He says dramatic pension reform alone won't save Central Falls, and recommends either merging with Pawtucket or creating a regional partnership for fire, police and public services.

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RIPR News
6:11 am
Thu December 16, 2010

RI's medical examiner has ethics violations, misdemeanors in past

Providence, RI – Rhode Island's acting chief medical examiner has a criminal record. According to a newspaper report Thursday, Dr. William Cox pleaded guilty more than a decade ago to personally profiting from autopsies.

The details about Cox's background came to light when he applied for a job as Oklahoma's medical examiner. The Oklahoman newspaper says he pleaded guilty to nine misdemeanors while he was a coroner in Ohio.

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Morning News Podcast
5:05 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, December 15, 2010.

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2:11 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Central Falls receiver report to shed light on financial woes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The state-appointed receiver of Central Falls has finished his report on the city's finances and how he plans to improve the bottom line. Those findings will be officially released Thursday.

Receiver Mark Pfeiffer's report will cover what caused the financial problems, what he's done to stem the red ink, and what he plans to do to secure the city's financial future.

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RIPR News
12:07 pm
Wed December 15, 2010

Health Department sanctions two doctors

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

The Rhode Island Department of Health is disciplining two local doctors for unprofessional conduct.

Dr. Anthony Rocha, a primary care doctor in East Providence, received a reprimand for lying when a patient tested positive for cocaine during pre-employment drug screen. Rocha excused the result, saying it was caused by a topical solution containing the drug.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
9:12 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Memories

Providence, RI – All of us take time now and then to retrace our steps in life, sometimes figuratively and sometimes literally. Perhaps we close our eyes and take ourselves back in time to relive those poignant and meaningful moments in our lives. And, like Mike Fink, sometimes we make a real pilgrimage to those places, looking for clues of what shaped who we are today.

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RIPR News
7:44 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Westerly man named sexiest vegetarian over 50

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Westerly man has been named the sexiest vegetarian over 50 in a poll organized by the animal rights group PETA.

SEE A PICTURE OF ROBERT LOMBARDO

Lawyer Robert Lombardo says he was entered into the contest by his girlfriend, and that he would have never submitted his own name to a contest for sexy vegetarians over 50.

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7:21 am
Wed December 15, 2010

Chafee wants transportation chief to stay on

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee wants state Transportation Director Michael Lewis to remain in that job.


Chafee calls Lewis an effective leader who has demonstrated vision and strong managerial skills. The governor-elect says he asked Lewis to stay in his post after talking with a number of other qualified candidates.


Lewis was named transportation director by Gov. Carcieri in 2008. Lewis has overseen the reconstruction of the interchange between I-95 and I-195, among other projects.

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4:35 pm
Tue December 14, 2010

Brown University mourns Richard Holbrooke

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Brown University community is remembering alumnus Richard Holbrooke, who was a 1962 graduate.

Brown's Alumni Association honored him with the Roger Williams Award in 1996. The next year he received an honorary Doctor of Laws. And in 2007 he served as a professor at-large at the Watson Institute for International Studies until his presidential appointment to serve as a special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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