The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released its annual County Health Rankings, and Rhode Island's counties (Providence in particular) seem to be faring worse than the national average on a few measures, and much better on a few, too.
Pawtucket Police, along with police in Massachusetts have arrested a man suspected of stabbing 53 year old William McKenna. McKenna is the younger brother of state Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg.
There have been a series of recent media reports about shootings and other violent incidents in Providence. The issue has also become part of the debate in race to choose a new Providence mayor. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements joins us now to discuss what police are doing to address the violence and what may be behind it. Clements spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison.
Steve Brown, executive director of the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new law instituting harsher sentences for gang-related crime; the 2014 session of the General Assembly; the US Supreme Court's Hobby Lobby decision; and why the ACLU opposes the convening of a constitutional convention.
South Kingstown is the 27th safest community in the nation, according to data from the national organization Neighborhood Scout.
It reports the total number of violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents in towns of 25,000 residents or more. Despite being the state's largest town and the home of the University of Rhode Island, South Kingstown was the only Rhode Island town ranked in the top 100. South Kingstown Police Chief Vincent Vespia said the town's high ranking is due to more than just the police.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says his office is developing legislation for the upcoming General Assembly session that would require background checks for workers in Rhode Island's adult entertainment industry.