PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown University plans to give Providence an additional $31.5 million as part of an agreement announced Tuesday. Mayor Angel Taveras says the deal will improve Providence's financial outlook.
The agreement comes after almost a year of sometimes-tense talks between Providence and Brown. Taveras and Brown President Ruth Simmons say the city and the Ivy League university can't succeed without each other. Simmons says that's why Brown will give Providence more than the amount sought by City Hall.
PROVIDENCE, RI – No surprise to political watchers: unofficial results show GOP front runner Mitt Romney won Rhode Island's presidential primary with 63 percent of the vote.
Rhode Island awards its delegates based on the percentage of the vote, instead of winner take all. There were 16 delegates in play. Romney won 12, and Ron Paul's 24 percent of the vote will give him four delegates. Paul supporter Gary Trott celebrated results at Long Shots Bar 7 Grill in West Warwick - and was thrilled.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee visited with Rhode Island soldiers in Afghanistan Wednesday as part of a trip paid for by the U.S. Defense Department. Chafee is steering clear of criticizing the war before his expected return Friday.
Chafee has warned in the past about the danger of what he calls "foreign entanglements." As a U.S. senator, he was the only Republican to vote against the war in Iraq. Chafee says his current trip is mainly to watch and listen.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Businessman Anthony Gemma launched a Democratic primary challenge to Congressman David Cicilline Sunday evening. Gemma focused most of his criticism on Republican candidate Brendan Doherty.
Gemma says he plans to create jobs and change how members of Congress do their jobs, but he provided no details. He says he thinks Doherty is out of touch.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Narragansett businessman Michael Riley announced his Republican challenger to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin Monday. Riley appears to be the best-funded of Langevin's three opponents.
Riley says he moved to the state from New Jersey after being in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks. The 55-year-old says his decades of work as an investment manager make him qualified to run for Congress.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Senate President Teresa Paiva-Weed says the chamber's majority leader, Dominick Ruggerio, has accepted responsibility for his actions in connection with a drunken-driving arrest last week.
Ruggerio's driver's license was suspended for six months Tuesday after he acknowledged refusing to take a breathalyzer test. He was also fined $200, and ordered to attend DWI school and to perform 10 hours of community service.
PROVIDENCE, RI – More than 60 people turned out Wednesday for a Tea Party-style protest of a proposed hike in the state meal and beverage tax.
The Rhode Island Hospitality Association organized the rally at WaterPlace Park near downtown Providence. The association's head, Dale Venturini says raising the tax from 8 to 10 percent is a big hit for restaurants and other businesses.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit in Superior Court against Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. The suit claims Flanders has violated state law by delegating his duties to a hearing officer while implementing a parking ban earlier this year.
The ban on overnight parking was brief, but the ACLU says Flanders should have been at the meeting when it was approved instead of his chief of staff, Gayle Corrigan.
PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he agrees with the Obama Administration's position to stay the course in Afghanistan following the shooting deaths of 16 Afghan civilians, allegedly by an American soldier.
Nevertheless, Reed says he fully expects the Taliban to exploit the situation.