Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell says the infrastructure in Rhode Island is failing, and he wants to spend at least $200 million to fix it.
Pell released his transportation and infrastructure plan Thursday using the Providence train station as his backdrop. Pell says the station is a good example of a transportation hub in need of repairs. If elected, Pell says he would include a bond referendum in 2016 and 2018 to create a $200 million program to improve bridges, roads and highways.
He says other projects could be paid for with federal funding.
Once again, Rhode Islanders are making national news for the low regard we have for our tiny state. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time to stop taking Rhode Island for granted.
The Gallup poll discovered that Rhode Island is the state least appreciated by its own residents. Just 18 percent of Rhode Islanders said our small slice of southeastern New England was the best place or one of the best places to live.
The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU says the 195 Commission should err on the side of transparency in releasing information to the public. The commission held a number of votes in a closed session Monday without describing what they were about. A spokeswoman for the commission says it has received several proposals for land made available by the relocation of Interstate 195.
Rhode Island ACLU head Steve Brown said the 195 commission appears to be within its legal rights by not releasing more information about its votes before signing a letter of intent.
Investigators say a clamp that held up an apparatus snapped, sending eight acrobats plunging 35 feet to the ground, falling on a dancer below. It happened on Sunday during a circus act where women dangle high above the ground from their hair.
RIPTA riders are being encouraged to attend public meetings this week about changes on the two most popular bus lines.
RIPTA is turning the number 11 bus line that travels Broad Street in Providence, and the number 99 line that links Providence to Pawtucket on North Main Street into Rapid Bus Lines. Some 11,000 people ride those two lines daily.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week Dave and Mark talk with David Dadekian, the head of a culinary media company called “Eat Drink RI.” He is a recent recipient of this year’s innovation fellowship by the Rhode Island Foundation. They talk about this weekend’s Eat Drink Festival and ways Dadekian envisions boosting the state’s culinary industry.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
The 12th annual National School Scrabble Championship will be hosted by Hasbro, Inc. on Saturday in Providence.
Over one hundred students between the fourth and eighth grades from the U.S. and Canada will compete against each other in teams of two. Hasbro’s Karen Davis says the tournament will have many educational benefits for children.
A former Providence tax official who was convicted of extorting bribes in the Operation Plunder Dome case has died. David Ead testified against Buddy Cianci during the trial that landed Cianci in prison.
Ead was a former Providence police officer who ran a vending machine company. During the Plunder Dome trial in 2002, Ead testified that a $5000 payment and a call from Cianci got a family friend a job in the Providence planning department.