PROVIDENCE, RI – The Statehouse is the public's house: It's where decisions are made about how Rhode Islanders' tax dollars are spent. In the old days, visitors' bags were hand-checked. But in the post-9/11 age, walking into the Statehouse isn't quite as simple as it used to be.
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PROVIDENCE, RI – No one who was alive on that glorious Indian summer morning a decade ago will ever forget precisely what they were doing when the terrorists attacked the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Now that Rhode Island has cleared away most of the old I-195 highway, what will become of the 20 acres of vacant land left behind? Governor Lincoln Chafee recently formed a seven-member commission to help answer that question. Rhode Island Public Radio's Ian Donnis sat down with the commission's designated chairman, local developer Colin Kane, to learn more about the commission's plans for the vacant I-195 property.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee has announced his seven nominees for the commission charged with sparking economic development on former highway land near downtown Providence. It's a list that draws from a variety of industries.
Chafee's nominee to chair the I-195 Redevelopment Commission, Colin Kane, heads an East Providence development company. Kane says the commission's most vital role will be providing coordination and thorough planning.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Supporters of a kind of charter school known as mayoral academies called on Governor Lincoln Chafee to support their expansion. The state Board of Regents is expected to vote on such a proposal September first.
Charter school supporters point to disparities in academic performance between rich and poor students to underscore the need for change.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Businessman and former Republican candidate Jim Bennett is Providence's new director of economic development. Bennett says his ideas for creating jobs include streamlining zoning and building on existing technology companies in Rhode Island.
Mayor Angel Taveras says Bennett has the right stuff for the job.
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo met with local officials to seek their support for reforming Rhode Island's pension system.
Raimondo says she's developing a comprehensive pension reform bill for a special General Assembly session this fall. She says Rhode Island will face more municipal bankruptcies unless the state deals with its $7-billion in unfunded pension liability.