PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island's business and political leaders constantly focus on the state's high taxes as a roadblock to economic development. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that our state has an even bigger barrier to creating good jobs.
University of Rhode Island economics professor Len Lardaro knows he doesn't make any friends with his brutally frank assessment of our state's work force. He says, ``The most glaring deficiency holding Rhode Island back is the lack of skills in the labor force.''
Providence, RI – Elisabeth Harrison spoke with Len Cabral in our studios earlier this week to learn more about his plans for the Black Rep's former building. She started out by asking Cabral about his past contributions to the Providence arts scene.
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Providence, RI – In a recent interview Lynch says he's proud of his accomplishments, which include overseeing the Station nightclub fire prosecutions and the lawsuit against former lead paint companies.
One thing he wishes had gone differently was the state Supreme Court's ruling to reverse a lower court's verdict and not take action against former lead paint companies.
Providence, RI – After years of hosting theatrical productions, Afro-sonic dance parties, and a lively music festival in the streets of Providence, the story of the Black Repertory Company ended with the sound of an auctioneer selling off everything in the building.
Folding tables stacked with mixing boards, theatre lights, woven baskets, and even a rolled up piece of snake skin take over the performance space. Nick Bauta surveys the scene as he sits on a stairway leading up to the balcony.
WRNI – "There but for the grace of God go I." That's an aphorism with which all of us are familiar, one which many of us utter with heartfelt sincerity when we witness others' misfortune. And that's certainly the case for Colleen Kelly Mellor, whose beliefs and deep sense of purpose have been shaped by her own brush with calamity.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Jack White was the dean of investigative reporters in Rhode Island. He won a Pulitzer Prize at the Providence Journal in 1974 for revealing how Richard Nixon had cheated on his taxes. And he continued to break news for years afterward as the investigative reporter at Channel 12. A prime example came when former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci learned of his indictment in 2001.
"I heard it from the press," Cianci said. "I heard it from Jack White."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's been a busy 2010 in Rhode Island and WRNI's counting down the top ten news stories.
Number 10: Corruption in North Providence If the headline was about "corruption" the words "North Providence" probably preceded it in 2010.
In August three North Providence city councilman were indicted on charges of conspiracy, extortion and bribery. Prosecutors say they shook down a supermarket developer for $25,000 for a zoning permit. All three later stepped down and are awaiting trial.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Basketball in America back in 1957 was just taking form. And Providence Journal sports columnist Bill Reynolds takes a look at the 1957 Boston Celtics in his book "Rise of a Dynasty: The 1957 Celtics. The First Banner and the Dawn of a New America." WRNI's Scott MacKay talked with Reynolds about the coach, players and town that shaped the Boston Celtics half a century ago.