PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee's transition and union politics in East Providence. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.
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NORTHEAST U.S. – This winter a single mom and her kids will move into an unusual house in northern Vermont. It's being built by Habitat for Humanity, which serves low-income families. It will be heated mostly by the sun shining through windows and a tiny amount of electricity. Its one of the first of its kind to be built in the region. As part of a collaboration with Northeast Stations, Charlotte Albright reports.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Tim Hortons coffee shop chain closed more than 30 locations in Rhode Island and Connecticut Wednesday night.
Tim Hortons shut down 20 full service restaurants in the Rhode Island and 11 in Connecticut. The company's director of public affairs David Morelli says the chain made investments in marketing and operations but in the end Southern New England was overwhelmed with fast food options.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On a 28-to-zero vote, longtime lawmaker Dominick Ruggiero got the nod Wednesday as the new majority leader in the state Senate.
The unanimous vote during an open Democratic caucus reflects how Ruggerio is held in high esteem by his fellow senators. Critics point to his work as an administrator for the New England Laborers' union in arguing that labor has too much influence in the General Assembly. Ruggerio responds by saying he's also advocated for business in the legislature.