This Day In History

This Day in History – 2001 Enron files for bankruptcy

On this day in 2001, the Enron Corporation files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in a New York court, sparking one of the largest corporate scandals in history. An energy-trading company based in Houston, Texas, Enron was formed in 1985 as the merger of two gas companies, Houston Natural Gas and Internorth. Under chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay, Enron rose as high as number seven on Fortune magazine’s list of the top 500 companies. In 2000, the company employed 21,000 people and posted revenue of $111 billion. Over the next year, however, Enron’s stock price began a dramatic slide, dropping…
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Local News

EPA Provides State of Rhode Island $18.2 Million for Water Infrastructure Projects

BOSTON – The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $ million to the State of Rhode Island to help finance improvements to water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment. The funds will be primarily used to upgrade sewage plants and drinking water systems, as well as replacing aging infrastructure, throughout the state. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program, administrated by the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management (DEM) and Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank (RIIB), received $ million. EPA’s funding provides low-interest loans for water quality protection projects to make improvements to wastewater treatment systems,…
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Community

Pawtucket’s Modern Diner Named Top Five Diner in the Country by Food Network

Pawtucket – Food Network’s Top 5 Restaurants hosted Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson, recently aired their show on November 30th, highlighting Pawtucket’s Modern Diner as one of the top five diners nationwide.   The Modern Diner has been a staple of the Pawtucket community since 1941 where it was delivered to 13 Dexter Street. It was manufactured in 1940 by the John B. Judkins Company of Merrimac, Massachusetts, which manufactured Sterling Streamline diners from 1939-1942. Sources vary as to how many of the diners they made in their years of operation but the highest estimate is 16. Currently, the Modern…
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Health

$12 Billion Annual Gap Threatens Fight Against HIV/AIDS

Ramon Taylor NEW YORK—For global health advocates, December 1 is an opportunity to focus the world's attention on the fight against AIDS. The international health day was established to support the millions of people infected with the virus and commemorate the more than 35 million who have died as a the past 15 years, the world has made strides to reverse the pandemic, but experts warn of a multibillion-dollar annual funding gap in the fight to eliminate the disease. Positive news exists. The United Nations Millennium Development Goal to slow the spread of HIV/AIDS exceeded its target set in 2000. UNAIDS…
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Featured

France’s state of emergency may be extended despite rights concerns

By RFI France's state of emergency, imposed following the 13 November Paris attacks, could be prolonged, Prime Minister Manuel Valls said on Tuesday. Replying to criticism that it has been abused, Valls said the clampdown was a "restriction of freedoms" to "protect our freedoms".  The state of emergency, agreed by parliament the day after the attacks and already prolonged once, could be renewed again after it 26 February limit. "Obviously, we can't rule out that possibility, depending on the level of danger, and we have to act with a great deal of responsibility," Valls told Europe 1 radio. Human Rights League president Henri Leclerc…
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USDA Official Visit Rhode Island to See Nutrition Programs Helping Families

  PROVIDENCE, RI - Kevin Concannon, the undersecretary for the USDA’s Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services  visited the cities of Central Falls and Providence to see WIC and school meals program operations. He also met with state officials, local staffs, families and students. WIC, celebrating its 40th year, serves more than half of all babies born in the providing nutritious foods, breastfeeding support and medical referrals. Providence is one of two districts in the state that elected to participate in the Community Eligibility Provision, a federal option allowing schools with high poverty rates to provide free breakfast and lunch to all…
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Community

Rhode Island Foundation awards $2.7 million in grants to improve health care statewide

PROVIDENCE, RI - The Rhode Island Foundation today announced that it has awarded $ million in grants from its Fund for a Healthy Rhode Island (FFHRI) to improve the quality and affordability of health care in Rhode Island.  "Quality, affordable primary care is one of our priorities. Our goal is to test models that have the potential to be scaled up. By encouraging imaginative thinking around delivery and administration, we can ensure Rhode Islanders will continue to have access to the health care they need," said Neil Steinberg, the Foundation's president and CEO. Sharing $ million in grants were five…
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Raimondo’s Healthcare Innovation Group Recommends Creation of Dedicated Health Policy Office

PROVIDENCE, – While the Affordable Care Act has helped cut Rhode Island’s uninsured rate in half, rising healthcare costs remain a concern for Rhode Island families, businesses, taxpayers and healthcare providers. Governor Gina M. Raimondo’s Working Group for Healthcare Innovation presented its recommendations today to improve the state’s healthcare system, support better health outcomes, lower costs and provide businesses with more predictability. The group is calling for the creation of an Office of Health Policy to better coordinate health policy decisions that affect all Rhode Islanders. The group also provided the framework for Rhode Island to establish a global healthcare…
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