Providence, RI – Some people collect stamps. Some collect baseball cards. Derek Sikes collects bugs... beetles to be specific. And he has found their numbers growing in Rhode Island. WRNI?s Suzannah Gonzales filed this report for Morning Edition. Suzannah Gonzalez is an Environmental Reporting Fellow from the Metcalf Institute at the University of Rhode Island.
Providence, RI – Rhode Islanders vary little from the rest of the nation when it comes to patient satisfaction with hospitals. That's the general finding of a first of its kind report that rates 13 Rhode Island hospitals. They Survey is part of a broader effort to make health care institutions more accountable.
WRNI's Martha Bebinger filed this report for Morning Edition
Providence, RI – Government economists made it official yesterday that the country has been in recession since March. That is also the view of many business owners in Rhode Island, particularly manufacturers. While cutting costs, some have found a government-funded alternative to lay offs. Workshare is a program that allows employers to reduce the hours of some employees, who can then collect partial unemployment compensation benefits. WRNI?s Martha Bebinger prepared this report for Morning Edition:
The Director of the Rhode Island Department of Health and Human Services is stepping down to run for Congress. Christine Ferguson said Tuesday her resignation would take effect at the end of the week.
Ferguson was the chief architect of Rhode Island’s much lauded public health insurance program, RITECARE. She will leave office at a time that questions about whether the state can afford to continue funding RITECARE are being raised.
Cambridge, MA – After four decades at the same Cambridge address, the television granddame of gastronomy Julia Child is moving to a California retirement home. Her impact on the local food scene is evident in the number of farewell soirees that appreciative fans and colleagues have thrown for her over the past few weeks. And the partying hasn't stopped. Tonight, the city of Cambridge salutes Julia with a similar fete at the Hyatt Regency.
Boston, MA – Police are holding a Boston man as part of federal investigations and crackdown on the financial network of Osama bin Laden. Mohamed Hussein was arrested between 9:30 and 10 this morning for operating an illegal money transmitting business without a state license. Hussein is a corporate officer at Baraakat North America, a business located at 925 Washington St. Dorchester.
The latest tests suggest the contamination of drinking water in pascoag is even more serious than previously believed. They show the level of the gasoline additive MTBE in the water is double what it was two months ago. MTBE was mandated in gasoline a decade ago. But because of environmental problems like the one in Pascoag, there's now a growing movement to ban it. WRNI?s Av Harris reports.