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3:30 pm
Wed November 28, 2001

Beetle Man

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.

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10:24 am
Wed November 28, 2001

Hospital Survey

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

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RIPR News
12:57 pm
Tue November 27, 2001

WorkShare

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:

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RIPR News
9:17 am
Mon November 26, 2001

Ferguson Leaves DHS

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.

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RIPR News
4:29 pm
Sun November 25, 2001

No New Talks in Narragansett

WRNI – Narragansett teachers returned to picket lines on Wednesday, the first scheduled day of classes.

RIPR News
4:30 pm
Fri November 9, 2001

Goodbye, Julia

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.

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RIPR News
11:02 am
Fri November 9, 2001

Menopause Monologues

Providence, RI – Morning Edition talked with Menopause Monologue's playwright, actor and director Rose Weaver.

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    RIPR News
    10:47 am
    Wed November 7, 2001

    State and ACLU Suing Providence Police Department

    Providence – The state and the ACLU are suing the Providence Police Department over failing to comply with the so-called ?Driving while Black? law.

    Based on the number of traffic stops made since the study began this year, Providence police are accused of ignoring the study of racial profiling.

    The state?s suit seeks an injunction to get officers to follow the letter of the law. The ACLU goes further, demanding that a special master be appointed to audit the reports.

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    RIPR News
    9:17 am
    Wed November 7, 2001

    Suspect Arrested in Boston

    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.

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    RIPR News
    12:36 pm
    Tue November 6, 2001

    Move To Ban Pascoag Pollutant

    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.

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