WRNI – The wrongful death trial concerning the fatal shooting of an off duty black Providence police officer by two on duty officers has come to a sudden end. The judge in the case has dismissed the lawsuit over the killing of Cornel Young Jr. The ruling has brought an angry reaction from civil rights advocates.
WRNI – The Cornel Young wrongful death lawsuit is done. This morning a federal judge dismissed liability and damages claims against four current and former police officials and the city of Providence. Judge mary Lisi's decision means that although a jury found that one of the officers who shot young violated his constitutional rights, no one is liable or will have to pay.
WRNI – For more than 35 years a former Catholic priest has fought to improve the lives of the poor in Rhode Island. He is an advocate, who prefers to remain behind the scenes. His causes have included such things as tax breaks for low income workers, school breakfast, and fairer telephone and utility rates. In this profile, WRNI's Brian Jones looks at the tireless efforts of Henry Shelton as he prods news media and public officials.
wrni – Rhode Island's obesity rate is at an all-time high. Experts worry that if more isn't done to curb the rate, obesity will overtake tobacco as the leading cause of preventable disability and death. Obesity can lead to high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and respiratory problems, as well as psychological problems. The problem is being addressed at school's, workplaces, and health organizations in the state.
wrni – Annual standardized test scores for 4th, 8th and 10th graders in Rhode Island are similar to last year's. But, for the first time the state is using the new criteria of the federal No Child Left Behind law to assess school performance. This has caused a drop in the number of schools considered high performing.
WRNI news – In the last few years Rhode Island's lobster population has shriveled to new lows tossing the fishing community into economic disarray. Local lobstermen are working twice as hard, taking more risks for less product and a lot less money. Lobstermen point to poor water quality and the 1996 North cape oil spill but scientist say the cause of the decline is a mystery. The problem is compounded by the spread of a shell disease that is running rampant in the remaining lobster population.
Providence, RI – WRNI's Mark Degon talks with Mike Stanton -author of "The Prince of Providence: The True Story of America's Most Notorious Mayor, Some Wiseguys, and the Feds". The unathorized biograghy of former mayor Buddy Cianci was released Tuesday.
Providence, RI – WRNI's Mark Degon talks with Providence Journal columnist M. Charles Bakst about the portrayal of recent Providence politics in Mike Stanton's "The Prince of Providence" - a new biography about former mayor Buddy Cianci.