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(Undated)  --  Here is the latest news: The state of Rhode Island wants to establish a standalone psychiatric unit at Eleanor Slater Hospital.  CVS and other pharmacy chains are being held responsible for the nation's opioid crisis.  Former Rhode Island House Speaker Nick Mattiello is now a lobbyist for Lifespan.

>>Approval Sought For Relicensing RI State Hospital Facility 

(Providence, RI)  --  A change is being planned at the Rhode Island state hospital.  The Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals wants to re-license the Roosevelt Benton building in Cranston as a standalone psychiatric hospital.  The Benton facility treats those who have been remanded by the court system, known as "forensic patients".  Governor Dan McKee's administration says it will continue to serve as a secure facility for patients in the criminal justice system, while Eleanor Slater will continue to serve patients with long-term medical and psychiatric conditions.  The move is being made in part to address an issue with the state's Medicaid eligibility.

>>Jury Finds Major Pharmacy Chains Helped Fuel The Opioid Epidemic

(Cleveland, OH)  --  A federal jury in Ohio is finding CVS Health, Walmart and Walgreens responsible for accelerating the opioid epidemic that has ravaged communities across the nation.  The decision marks the first time that a jury has delivered a verdict in a case against the national pharmacy chains. A trial judge will now decide how much the pharmacies must pay in damages.  The companies said they disagreed with the jury's decision and plan to file an appeal. 

>>No New COVID Deaths In RI Tuesday

(Providence, RI)  --  There were zero new coronavirus deaths reported in Rhode Island on Tuesday.  There were over five-hundred new virus cases reported yesterday to push the pandemic total in the Ocean State to over 188-thousand.  The state says 77-percent of Rhode Island's population is at least partially-vaccinated against COVID-19.

>>Former RI House Speaker Takes Lobbying Position For Lifespan 

(Providence, RI)  --  Former Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello is now working as a lobbyist for Lifespan.  The Democrat Mattiello was defeated in a re-election bid last year.  He registered with Westminster Consulting last week.  Lifespan is seeking a merger with Care New England to combine the state's two largest healthcare systems.  However, a spokesperson for Lifespan told The Boston Globe that Mattiello would not be lobbying on behalf of the merger.

>>Democrat Running Against Bristol County MA Sheriff 

(Dartmouth, MA)  --  A Democrat is running against longtime Republican Bristol County, Massachusetts Sheriff Thomas Hodgson.  WPRI-TV reports Nick Bernier, a lawyer from Fall River and a former Bristol County assistant district attorney, has filed paperwork with the state.  Hodgson tells Channel 12 he plans to run for another term and expects to make a more-formal announcement after the holidays. 

>>PC Loses To Virginia, Rhody Falls To FGCU

(Undated)  --  Men's college basketball: Providence College lost to Virginia 58-to-40 in the championship round of the Roman Legends Classic in Newark, New Jersey Tuesday night.  The Friars host Saint Peter's University at the Dunkin' Donuts Center on Saturday.  The University of Rhode Island lost 67-to-66 at Florida Gulf Coast University last night.  They return home Saturday to play Georgia State.  '

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11-24-2021 03:02:15


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