RIPR News
5:40 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Education Secretary Arne Duncan visit sparks protest

PROVIDENCE, RI – About 30 people picketed an appearance by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan Wednesday. Duncan was in Rhode Island to speak at a town hall style meeting at the Providence Career and Technical Academy.


Current and former teachers teamed up with Occupy Providence activists to decry what they call the corporatization' of public education and U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan's role in it.

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RIPR News
4:27 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Ambulance company owner gets 2 years for health care fraud

Providence, RI – The owner of Med Care Ambulance in Warwick has been sentenced to 2 years in prison and fined more than 700 thousand dollars for health care fraud.

According to the U.S. Attorney's office of Rhode Island, John Almon of Cranston convinced Medicare patients to use his ambulance services for rides to routine dialysis treatments. Almon waived the patient's co-pays and then charged Blue Cross Blue Shield and Medicare for the services, calling them medically necessary.

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RIPR News
2:54 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

RI Hospital researchers: medical marijuana laws don't affect youth drug use

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
Early research out of Rhode Island Hospital indicates that legalizing medical marijuana in the state hasn't lead to a rise in children using the drug. But researchers are offering their results with some caution.

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RIPR News
2:29 pm
Wed November 2, 2011

Lifespan prescription error affects 2,000 patients

Providence, RI – A computer error sent incorrect prescription information for as many as 2,000 Lifespan patients.

Lifespan says an abbreviation describing long acting or coated medication was left off the script sent to patient's pharmacists. That means some patients got a form of their medication that only lasted a series of hours when it was supposed to last all day.

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Morning News Podcast
11:35 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Treasurer Gina Raimondo defends the pension numbers and the Big East is looking to grow... on RIPR's Morning Edition Podcast.

RIPR News
9:41 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Whitehouse hopes super-committee spares Pell Grants from cuts

PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse says Republican efforts to cut Pell Grants shows a growing interest on Capitol Hill to cut the program. The grants are named after former Rhode Island Senator Claiborne Pell, and they give students up to $5,500 to help cover tuition.

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RIPR News
8:34 am
Wed November 2, 2011

The Pench What's Next: Raimondo defends pension numbers

State Treasurer Gina Raimondo defends the numbers in the pension proposal.
Photo by Bradley Campbell.

PROVIDENCE, RI – State Treasurer Gina Raimondo defended the underlying basis for the pension overhaul plan being considered by the General Assembly. Raimondo testified during the last of three joint Finance Committee meetings.

Raimondo's critics charge that she's exaggerated the seriousness of Rhode Island's pension problem. A Cranston union official last week accused her of, "cooking the books"

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RIPR News
8:08 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Chafee meets with Occupy protesters

PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee left his State House office yesterday to meet with "Occupy Providence" protesters rallying on Smith Hill.

About 100 "Occupy Providence" protesters marched to the State House to protest the state's involvement in the Secure Communities program. The program mandates information sharing between local police and federal immigration officials to identify people not authorized to be in the country.

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RIPR News
7:59 am
Wed November 2, 2011

Occupy Providence receives free legal representation

Providence attorney Miriam Weizenbaum says she will represent Occupy Providence protesters free of charge.

PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence attorney has volunteered to represent Occupy Providence protesters in any action the city takes to remove them from Burnside Park. The city is expected to file a complaint any day now.

Providence attorney Miriam Weizenbaum says she will represent Occupy Providence protesters free of charge because of her belief in their first amendment right to camp out in Burnside Park.

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The Pench What's Next
7:15 am
Wed November 2, 2011

The Pench What's Next: mayors plead with the state for help

Mayor Angel Taveras testifies before the state's joint Finance Committee.
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Municipal officials pleaded with the legislature's joint Finance Committee for help in shoring up their sorely unfunded local pension plans. Thirty-six local pensions that operate outside the state system have $2 billion in unfunded liability.

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