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7:24 am
Mon February 28, 2011

Former N. Providence councilmen to enter pleas this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three former North Providence town councilmen and a businessman are slated to plead guilty today and tomorrow to corruption charges in a series of bribery and extortion
schemes.

Former councilmen Joseph Burchfield and Raymond Douglas III are scheduled to enter their pleas in U.S. District Court in Providence today, as is Edward Imondi, a developer accused of acting as a middleman in the scheme.


The third former councilman, John Zambarano, is scheduled to enter his plea tomorrow.

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RIPR News
7:21 am
Mon February 28, 2011

RI mobster to enter guilty plea this week

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island mobster is due in court this week to plead guilty to a murder for hire plot.


Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent is scheduled to change his plea to guilty during a federal court appearance Tuesday. According to court documents, St. Laurent tried to hire various people to kill fellow Mafia member Robert DeLuca who had publicly accused St. Laurent of being a government informant.

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RIPR News
8:23 am
Sat February 26, 2011

Makers of sustainable vessel fight to dock in Providence

A view from \"Landlord Independent.\" Photo by Natalie Jablonski.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tucked into Conley's Wharf in South Providence, a ramshackle barge bobs peacefully at the end of a pier off Allens Avenue. The vessel looks more like a floating tree house than a typical motorboat, but owner Zachary Weindel says his home, named Landlord Independent, is a part of the industrial waterfront.

"The boat really blends in, with the cedar poles that stick up and the dock it's kind of an urban camoflage," says Weindel.

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RIPR News
6:42 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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Local Features
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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