WRNI – Blue Bross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island is out with a set of changes. Most of them apply to the board or top executives, and most are in response to demands from Governor Carcieri and the general assembly. State house leaders say the moves are a good step, but not a substitute for proposed legislation. Doctors and some consumer groups call the plans woefully inadequate. WRNI's Martha Bebinger reports.
WRNI – For the first time ever, a Rhode Island teacher has been named National Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers. Kathleen Mellor is an ESL teacher in North Kingston. She talks with Morning Edition host Deborah Becker from Washington where she will be honored in a ceremony at the White House. This is the first time an English as Second Language teacher has been chosen for the honor, which has been awarded since 1952.
wrni – A report by Rhode Island Kids Count shows Rhode Island to be trailing behind other New England States in several measures of childhood poverty. However, Rhode Island continues to lead the nation in providing health care to children. We talk with Rhode Island Kids Count Executive Director Elizabeth Burke Bryant.
WRNI – Local talent, local jokes and a search for Rhode Island's April fool are all part of The 1st annual Rhode Island Comedy Festival. Festival organizer Charlie Hall and performer Doreen Collins Healy join WRNI host Deborah Becker.
WRNI – Litigation involving the station nightclub fire can proceed now that a federal judge has issued a long awaited ruling. U.S. District Judge Ronald Lagueux says the federal court in Providence will assume jurisdiction over all law suits stemming from the fire. WRNI Morning Edition host Deborah Becker talks with Steve Minicucci, a lawyer involved in litigation over the Station Nightclub Fire.
WRNI – Another offer is on the table for the London based parent company of Lincoln Park. The consortium BLB Investors has offered $523 million for Wembly Mirage. WRNI Morning Edition host Deborah Becker speaks with Lincoln Park spokesperson Mike Trainor.
WRNI – Since the fall, refugees from the African country of Liberia have been coming to Rhode Island as part of an international effort to provide safe homes to residents forced to flee both a deadly civil war in their own country and violence in neighboring countries. By next fall, about 400 refugees are expected to join the already significant Liberian community in Rhode Island. Brian Jones reports
WRNI – On the anniversary of the deadly Station Nightclub fire, new fire codes take effect in Rhode Island. Those in charge of enforcing the new laws do not expect full compliance immediately. WRNI's Tom Kogut filed this report.
WRNI – One event marking the 1 year anniversary of the Station Nightclub fire is the staging of a play in Woonsocket. The one act play "They Walk Among Us," was written by the youngest person killed in the Station fire, 18 year old Nick O'Neil. WRNI's Deborah Becker spoke with O'Neil's brother, Chris O'Neil, who is directing the production.