RIPR News
6:36 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Susan Lusi steps in as temporary school head

PROVIDENCE, RI – Susan Lusi will take over the Providence Schools when Superintendent Tom Brady steps down next month. Lusi is currently the superintendent of the Portsmouth School Department but announced her intention to retire earlier this year.


Providence officials say she is familiar with their school district, having served as chief of staff from 2001-2003.

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RIPR News
6:08 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Drivers asked to "dump the pump"

Drivers are being asked to either refrain from filling up or driving their cars.

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Sierra Club's Rhode Island chapter is urging drivers to "dump the pump" Thursday. It's asking drivers to either refrain from buying gas or to leave the car at home and use alternative transportation.


The Sierra Club's Abel Collins says he knows it's hard to leave the car at home. "I have a diesel myself and I use it all the time, I don't have ready access to public transit. And that's really just an argument for really investing in better public transit service."

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RIPR News
2:44 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Bust in Woonsocket nets 16 suspects

PROVIDENCE, RI – Sixteen people - most of them from Woonsocket - have been arrested on illegal firearms and narcotics trafficking charges. The round-up is the result of a two-year investigation by the U-S Attorney's office, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Woonsocket police department.

US Attorney Peter Neronha says the investigation was aimed at corralling those people who pose the greatest threat to the residents of Woonsocket.

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RIPR News
12:19 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Physician's assistant volunteers to suspend license

Providence, RI – A physician's assistant in Cranston has volunteered to suspend his license after posing as physician to obtain drugs.

According to the Department of Health, Andrew Macko from RI Medical Weight Loss prescribed and bought himself Hydrocodone under his doctor's name.

Macko was also operating several businesses without the required supervision of a licensed doctor.

He must petition the Board of Licensure if he wants to practice medicine again.

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7:52 am
Wed June 15, 2011

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RIPR News
7:10 am
Wed June 15, 2011

AG wants casino regulation

PROVIDENCE, RI – If casino gambling ever comes to the Ocean State Attorney General Peter Kilmartin wants to be in charge of policing it.

Kilmartin has introduced a bill that would create a "Division of Gaming Enforcement" within his office.

Its function would be to investigate gaming crimes and promote public safety at all state gaming venues.

The bill would also transfer regulatory oversight of all racing from the Department of Business Regulation to the Lottery Division.

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Local Features
7:06 am
Wed June 15, 2011

Chief Esserman says party crashers not linked to layoffs

Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman
Photo by: WRNI

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Police Chief Dean Esserman has been making headlines since news broke over the weekend that kids with alcohol crashed his daughter's graduation party.

He sat down and talked with WRNI's Catherine Welch about what happened that night.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Top Stories
4:41 am
Wed June 15, 2011

House closes door to budget session

House Democrats meet in closed door sessions to discuss a spending plan.
James Wyman

PROVIDENCE, RI – The House Finance Committee is expected to release its budget within the next few days, although there are still few details after a caucus yesterday.

House Democrats met for two hours behind closed doors at the State House. Finance Chairman Helio Melo repeated House leadership's support for fewer tax hikes than in Governor Lincoln Chafee's proposed budget. Representative Larry Valencia, a Richmond Democrat, says lawmakers then outlined their own views.

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RIPR News
2:13 pm
Tue June 14, 2011

FDA adopts new labeling rules for sunscreen

What sunscreen labels will look like under new standards.
Photo credit: FDA

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it's adopting tougher standards for sunscreen labeling. It took the FDA 33 years to adopt the new regulations.


UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburns, and UVA rays are the ones that cause wrinkles. Under new standards, sunscreen labels will be clear about protection for both kinds of rays.

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