Providence, R.I. – Good government advocates fear the state Senate may adjourn for the year without acting on a bill to restore the strength of the state ethics commission.
Voters created the state Ethics Commission in 1986 through a constitutional convention to monitor the ethical behavior of public officials. Common Cause Director John Marion says the commission still has an important role to play in Rhode Island.
Providence, R.I. – The Ivy League has a reputation for sending students on to lucrative careers in law, medicine or on Wall Street. But at Brown University, a growing number of students are choosing teaching instead. The most recent university survey revealed that education was the top field for graduates in the class of 2009, and college officials expect the trend to continue this year.
Providence, R.I. – The state Department of Motor Vehicles will be open today for the first Wednesday in three months. But that doesn't mean their computer conversion is complete.
The Department of Motor Vehicles , which has been closed on Wednesdays since March, is reopening to deal with a crush of summer business. Amy Kempe, a spokeswoman for Governor Carcieri, says the new computer system won't be ready to go until late October or early November. In the meantime, she says, long lines will remain the norm.
Providence, R.I. – End of life care is often about managing pain ensuring that elderly patients are comfortable in the final months or years of their lives. But some advocates for the elderly say federal regulations are making that job more difficult than necessary and as a result, the elderly are suffering without reason.
Nurse Candace Foisy experienced the problem first-hand last fall at the Summit Commons Nursing Home in Providence.
Woonsocket, R.I. – The Woonsocket based pharmacy giant CVS Caremark is losing a major client.
Walgreens Pharmacies have decided not to renew or offer new prescription plans through the company. Greg Wasson, president and CEO Of Walgreen Co, said in a conference call that its relationship with Caremark has changed since the company merged with CVS.
"We've felt over the years that we've gone from being a valued provider within their network to being more like a competitor to CVS drugstores within their network," Wasson says.