Providence, RI – Providence residents will have the chance to weigh in tonight (Tuesday) on the proposed closures of four city schools. WRNI's Flo Jonic has a preview.
A 6 p.m. hearing at the Juanita Sanchez Educational complex in South Providence will give city residents their first chance to offer feedback on the proposed closures of four city schools. The closures are aimed at saving the cash-strapped city $12 million, which includes the salaries and benefits of 40 to 70 teachers.
Providence, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin supports the US role in striking at the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Langevin says he doesn't want to see the US get bogged down in a long-term situation in Libya. But he calls the American involvement in Libya justified.
"We can't be everywhere in the world," Langevin notes. The difference here is that Moammar Gadhafi has a very sophisticated military fighting force with overwhelming firepower and he's using that in some ways to target innocent civilian population."
Providence, RI – People who lobby Providence city officials will have to register their names in a publicly accessible database under terms of an ordinance signed into law Monday by Mayor Angel Taveras. They will also be required to wear name tags in City Hall and to file quarterly expense and income reports.
At a signing ceremony, Taveras said the capital city becomes the first municipality in the state to have such a law.
Providence, RI – With Providence government facing an ocean of red ink, the politicians are once again looking for help from the city's non-profits. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says this isn't the best time to squeeze money from colleges and hospitals.
Providence, RI – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras fulfills two campaign pledges today with the signing of a pair of anti corruption ordinances.
Providence will become the first municipality in the state to require lobbyists to register, under terms of one of the ordinances being signed into law today by Taveras. The ordinance, spearheaded by retired Common Cause leader Phil West, calls for a publicly accessible database of city lobbyists.