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July 19th

Landmark falls back to litigation on rates

July 19, 2012

WOONSOCKET – Landmark Medical Center is asking a Superior Court judge for permission to move forward with a lawsuit accusing Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Rhode Island of starving the hospital into insolvency with unfairly low reimbursements.
It’s the latest salvo in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between Landmark and BCBSRI that Landmark President Richard Charest says now jeopardizes the sale – and survival – of the hospital.

July 17th

Another arrest in Burgo shooting

July 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Police have arrested a second young man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of 20-year-old Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket.
According to Pawtucket Police, on Monday, 18-year-old Davhon Shelton, of Woodbine Street, Pawtucket, turned himself in at Pawtucket Police headquarters. Shelton had an outstanding warrant for conspiracy to commit murder that was obtained by police following an investigation into the homicide involving Burgo that occurred in the pre-dawn hours of July 6.

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Chafee praised for hiring women

July 17, 2012

PROVIDENCE — It’s not every day that a politician keeps a campaign promise, so RI GAP (Government Appointments Project) held a Statehouse event Tuesday to thank Gov. Lincoln Chafee for doubling the number of female appointees, not just to boards and commissions, but to top positions in his administration.

City announces cooling centers for Tuesday and Wednesday

July 17, 2012

PAWTUCKET – To help people keep cool and safe in the latest wave of high temperatures, the city announced it has designated several sites as “cooling centers” where they can escape the heat.
The following sites will be available Tuesday, July 17 and Wednesday, July 18. Availability of the cooling centers will be extended if conditions warrant.
The following sites have been designated as “cooling centers” and are posted with appropriate signage:
· The Pawtucket Public Library, 13 Summer St., 9 a.m. to 8:45 p.m.
· The Leon Mathieu Senior Center, 420 Main St., 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

RI worst state to do business

July 17, 2012

CNBC, the business news cable channel, doesn’t think much of Rhode Island.
For the second year in a row, CNBC has ranked the Ocean State dead last — 50th out of the 50 states — as a good place to operate a business.
In his report on the 2012 version of the annual study, CNBC senior correspondent Scott Cohn said Rhode Island has “the worst infrastructure, one of the worst economies, and the least-friendly regulatory climate.” He added: “They did catch a 12-pound lobster there a while back, but that doesn’t help.”

TV show to delve into double murder

July 17, 2012

WOONSOCKET — A 1991 city double murder will be recalled in an upcoming Discovery Channel networks crime program after a production crew wrapped up work on the project at The Call on Monday.
Call reporter Russ Olivo was interviewed by the Sirens Media crew for an upcoming segment of “Nightmare Next Door,” an investigative true crime documentary program on the Investigation Discovery Channel.

July 16th

Schools revise system of accountability

July 16, 2012

Rhode Island public schools have begun to work with a revised system of school accountability and intervention after the release of the state Department of Education's 2012 School Classifications on Friday.
The revised accountability system is based on the federally-approved waiver the state won in May for the federal No Child Left Behind Act's (NCLB) standardized approach to accountability and intervention requirements.

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July 13th

After-hours treatment center for kids just what the doctor ordered

July 13, 2012

CUMBERLAND – You don’t have to be a parent to know that children don’t get sick during business hours. And if they happen to, it isn’t until today’s busy parents come home from work that they invariably find out about it and start looking for medical attention.
And so Dr. Peter Yasigian was often needed in the office until seven or eight o’clock at night, tending to the usual afflictions of his pediatric caseload, from sore throats and sprains to coughs and croup.
There had to be a better way.

Judge dismisses fair funding lawsuit

July 13, 2012

WOONSOCKET – The city won't be getting any additional school funding from the state in the near future, at least not through legal action.
That was the outcome of a successful move by the state to block the city from winning a hearing on its school funding lawsuit in Superior Court.
Judge Nettie C. Vogel on Thursday issued a 31-page decision ruling in favor of the state's motion to dismiss the case filed by both the Woonsocket and Pawtucket school districts while noting earlier court decisions to the same effect.

Twin River chief touts benefits of table games

July 13, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Starting on Monday, television commercials for new cars, fast food restaurants and Schtickies will be joined by spots urging you to approve table games such as blackjack, craps and roulette at Lincoln’s Twin River gambling emporium.
Boasting that Twin River is “doing extremely well” and growing revenue while much larger casinos in the region are struggling, CEO John Taylor shared the company’s strategy to expand to table games with the Pawtucket Rotary Club Thursday.

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July 11th

City youth arrested in crack case

July 11, 2012

LINCOLN — Police arrested a 17-year-old Pawtucket youth on a charge of possession of crack cocaine after locating contraband in a stolen vehicle following a seatbelt law violation.
Patrolman Kevin J. Murphy had been maintaining a traffic post on Higginson Avenue when a black Nissan pick-up truck passed the location at about 12:45 p.m. on Friday, according to police.

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Think tank says RI should scrap health care exchange

July 11, 2012

Two weeks after the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision upholding the Obamacare health reforms, a conservative think tank says Rhode Island should scrap the heath care exchange it is building to implement the new law and opt out of the Medicaid expansion program that the law calls for but that the high court ruled is voluntary for states.

Police make arrest in fatal shooting

July 11, 2012

PAWTUCKET (AP) — Pawtucket police have made one arrest and are looking for a second suspect in the fatal shooting of a 21-year-old man outside a local elementary school.
Eighteen-year-old Givanni Lima was arraigned Monday on a conspiracy charge. Police say the Tolman High School senior drove 19-year-old Darrell Johnson away from the scene after Johnson shot Joshua Burgo in the chest Friday.
Burgo was pronounced dead at Rhode Island Hospital.

July 9th

Blue Cross may no longer do business with Landmark

July 9, 2012

WOONSOCKET — Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island has mailed 198,000 letters to customers in the Greater Woonsocket area notifying them that the insurance company may no longer do business with Landmark Medical Center and the Rehab Hospital of Rhode Island as of Aug. 1 and Sept. 1, respectively.
That means BCBSRI’s members could still receive treatment at those hospitals, but they would be responsible for dealing directly with Blue Cross for claims reimbursement and paying the hospital out of their own pocket.

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July 8th

Suspect sought in murder

July 8, 2012

PAWTUCKET — Police have obtained a warrant for the arrest of Darrell Johnson, 19, in connection with the fatal shooting of 21-year-old Joshua Burgo behind the Nathanael Greene Elementary School Friday morning.
Police said the victim was shot in the chest at around 2:58 a.m. He was taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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July 7th

Deadheads alive and well

July 7, 2012

Enjoying a front-row view of the Furthur concert at McCoy Stadium Thursday night featuring founding Grateful Dead band members Bob Weir and Phil Lesh, are Dead fans (from left) Yoel Melles of Woonsocket, Tim Farnum of Glocester, Nikki Manto of Cumberland and Dalton Mankrus of Foster. Thousands filled the stadium for the show that reunited deadheads from all over the country.

20-year-old city man fatally shot

July 7, 2012

PAWTUCKET — A Pawtucket man was fatally shot early Friday morning behind the Nathanael Greene Elementary School on Smithfield Avenue, police said.
Police said the victim, identified yesterday as 20-year-old Joshua Burgo of Pawtucket, was shot in the chest at around 2:58 a.m. He was taken by ambulance to Rhode Island Hospital where he was pronounced dead a short time later.
According to police reports, Burgo was found lying in the parking lot in back of the 285 Smithfield Avenue school with a gunshot wound to the chest.

July 5th

DOT building linear park and bikeway

July 5, 2012

EAST PROVIDENCE — The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) announced that it is starting the construction of a new linear park and bikeway over the old Washington Bridge between Providence and East Providence.
Due to the construction, the Department must close the portion of the East Bay Bike Path that crosses the old Washington Bridge on Monday, July 9, 2012. This section of the bike path will be closed for about two years.

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EPA grants to benefit Pawtucket

July 5, 2012

PAWTUCKET — The City of Pawtucket will be a direct beneficiary of the $317,000 in environmental grants awarded to three Rhode Island organizations by the Environmental Protection Agency earlier this week.
One grant will provide job training to Pawtucket residents for environmental work, and two grants will help address urban water quality issues impacting Pawtucket.

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July 4th

Arnold Mills celebrates freedom

July 4, 2012

Ray Lane of Cumberland enjoys the Arnold Mills Fourth of July Parade parade with his twin grandsons, Ben, center, and Sam Asermely, 6.

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