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Auditor: State paid $11 million in Medicaid to dead people

Auditor: State paid $11 million in Medicaid to dead people

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Rhode Island state auditor says more than 1,000 people who are dead received millions in Medicaid benefits last year. The annual report from Auditor General Dennis Hoyle states 10,881 people who had passed away remained Medicaid-eligible in the troubled Unified Health Infrastructure Project system. The review also showed $11.6 million…MORE

Providence passes first-round vote to ban plastic bags

Providence passes first-round vote to ban plastic bags

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – The Providence City Council has given initial approval to an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in the city. The Retail Plastic Bag Reduction Act prohibits retailers from distributing plastic check-out bags, unless they can prove a qualifying exemption. The Providence Journal reports the proposal still requires a second approval from the…MORE

House Labor Committee passes 2 firefighter overtime bills

House Labor Committee passes 2 firefighter overtime bills

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – A legislative committee in Rhode Island has advanced two bills dealing with overtime for firefighters. One measure sponsored by Democratic House Majority Whip John “Jay” Edwards would strike from state law an exemption that shields cities and towns from having to pay firefighters overtime after 42 hours. The other bill would…MORE

Man indicted in kidnapping, death of Boston woman

Man indicted in kidnapping, death of Boston woman

BOSTON (AP) – A federal grand jury has indicted a Rhode Island man charged in the kidnapping of a Boston woman whose body was later found in the trunk of the man’s car. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Massachusetts said Thursday that 32-year-old Louis Coleman was indicted on one count of kidnapping resulting in death.…MORE

Past workers invited to celebrate Newport Bridge anniversary

Past workers invited to celebrate Newport Bridge anniversary

By WPRO News The Turnpike and Bridge Authority is inviting people who built the Newport Bridge to be part of the 50th anniversary celebration this summer. Turnpike and Bridge Authority Executive Director Buddy Croft estimates several hundred  workers who helped build the bridge between 1966 and 1969 are still alive, and he’s hopeful they’ll reach out…MORE

Parents ask RI lawmakers for statewide sepsis protocols

Parents ask RI lawmakers for statewide sepsis protocols

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Parents of children who have died of sepsis in Rhode Island are asking the state to establish standard protocols for detecting the condition. The mothers of three children who died testified before the House Health, Education and Welfare Committee Wednesday in favor of a resolution requesting the state create protocols similar…MORE

Taylor Swift responds to crash with ‘Getaway Car’ lyric

Taylor Swift responds to crash with ‘Getaway Car’ lyric

  PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) – Taylor Swift knows all too well that “nothing good starts in a getaway car.” The 29-year-old pop star invoked the lyrics of her own song, “Getaway Car,” in response to a police chase Tuesday that ended with a stolen car crashing into the gates of her beachfront home in Rhode…MORE

Officials: Woman ran illegal $14 million pot enterprise

Officials: Woman ran illegal $14 million pot enterprise

BOSTON (AP) – A Massachusetts woman has been charged with running a multimillion-dollar illegal marijuana business. Federal authorities say 51-year-old Deana Martin, of Milton, is charged with one count of conspiring to distribute more than 100 kilograms of marijuana. She was freed after an initial appearance in court on Tuesday. Her attorney, Brad Bailey, says…MORE

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