Providence, RI – A Warwick man who served in the Pacific during World War Two is receiving belated recognition today. Edmond Vient lost the medals he earned when his basement flooded a few years ago. He asked Congressman Jim Langevin for replacements. Langevin not only got the ones he lost but a couple he earned but never received. Langevin says he takes great pleasure in honoring our nation's veterans.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is a tiny speck of a state, not big enough to be a county in most of America. We have 39 cities and towns. And about 150 public employee pension systems. Yes you heard that right. We say about, because state general treasurer Gina Raimondo, says there are so many of these pension systems in our state that she isn't sure of the precise number.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Some 200 runners will converge on Narragansett Saturday for the only marathon in the U.S. outside Olympic trials that's strictly for qualified runners. The Gansett Marathon has a qualifying time five minutes shorter than the Boston Marathon. So for a male runner between the ages of 18 and 34, he must be able to run 26.2 miles in under three hours and five minutes.
Marathon founder Michael Tammaro says some runners are using his race as a warm up for Boston.
Providence, RI – Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena is seeking legislation that would give extra time for tax-delinquents to catch up on millions in overdue motor-vehicle and property taxes without paying penalties or interest. While the town typically hires a law firm to pursue the money at a substantial cost, the temporary amnesty would give taxpayers 45 days to pay any taxes owed prior to July 1, 2010. The Johnston Town Council voted unanimously to seek legislative approval of the amnesty proposal at a meeting Monday.
Providence, RI – Hasbro has announced its first-quarter profits are down more than 70 percent from one year ago. Hasbro said its net income fell $17.2 million in the January-March period, down from $58.9 million last year. The Pawtucket-based toymaker says the decline reflects spending on product development, expansion in emerging markets, and its television network The Hub, a joint venture with Discovery Networks that launched in October.
Providence, RI – Rhode Island's unemployment rate continues to edge downward, though at a painfully slow rate. The state Department of Labor and Training reports the unemployment rate fell from 11.2 percent in February to 11 percent in March. The number of unemployed residents decreased by 11-hundred to around 63-thousand.