Today is the deadline for state regulators to decide whether an out-of-state hospital chain can acquire Woonsocket's Landmark Medical Center. The decision will mark the end of five years of uncertainty for the struggling hospital.
Landmark has been in receivership, a kind of bankruptcy, since 2008. It's flirted with several different potential buyers who got cold feet for one reason or another and pulled out. It's battled the state's largest insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island, for higher payments.
Rhode Island state police have a new weapon in their war on crime.
Rhode Island state police have purchased Tasers for all troopers and are training them in their proper use.
State police commander Colonel Steven O’Donnell said the aim is to prevent the use of firearms where possible.
"The feedback is great. It’s another tool to protect them and to protect other people. And they’re a great tool on the street. People know what a taser does so when you deploy a taser you get a lot more compliance instead of just verbal commands," said O'Donnell.
State agencies are allowing more public comment, until October 7, on the proposed sale of Woonsocket’s Landmark Medical Center to a for-profit chain as the deadline for a decision on the deal approaches.
Though previous deals have fallen through, Woonsocket officials are still hopeful about a yes vote.
One of three suspects in the murder of a Woonsocket gas station manager has pleaded guilty to his role in the crime.
Jose Santiago entered the guilty plea Thursday during jury selection. U.S. Attorney Peter Neronha said no deals were cut to secure the plea.
"He came in and pled guilty to all the charges. There’s no plea arrangement with Mr. Santiago. He pled guilty and we will recommend what we believe is the appropriate sentence at sentencing," said Nerohna.
Senator Jack Reed is in Woonsocket Tuesday, bringing a gift from the federal government.
Senator Jack Reed has secured $1.5 million for the Woonsocket Head Start program. The money won’t be enough to make up for sequestration cuts, according to Reed’s office.
Woonsocket will still lose 30 Head Start slots this fall. Statewide, some 370 slots will be lost.
Nationwide, sequestration has forced Head Start to eliminate and reduce services for more than 57-thousand children for the coming school year, according to the U.S. Health and Human Services Department.