Commuters who use Route 114 may notice some new information as of Wednesday. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has put up an electronic message board on Route 114 North in East Providence. The sign provides travel time estimates to both I-95 and T. F. Green Airport.
Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau has been sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay a $25,000 fine for accepting gifts from a man who received lucrative city contracts. Moreau will leave behind a wife and two young sons when he reports to prison March 4th.
Charles Moreau’s hands trembled as Judge Jack McConnell handed down his sentence: 24 months in a federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release and a hefty fine.
(Update) As of 8 this morning National Grid reports the number of customers without power is down to 2100. 95 percent of those are in Washington County.
National Grid is working to restore electricity to 2700 customers in Rhode Island. 2600 of those are in South Kingstown and the other communities of Washington County. On its website National Grid reports it hopes to have power back on to all customers by noon today.
The latest round of test scores come out today for students in Rhode Island public schools. The annual exam known as the New England Common Assessment Program, or NECAP, covers reading, writing and math. The results are closely watched by education advocates and policy-makers. One of them is Elizabeth Burke-Bryant from Rhode Island Kids Count.
Another week passes with the usual talk from the Rhode Island political and business elite on economic development. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for some changes in the way Rhode Islanders view our state and ourselves.
A group trip is being organized for Rhode Island businesses who are interested in doing business with China, as well as those already doing so. The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation is organizing a trip for the last two weeks in April.
The E-D-C says business appointments with Chinese companies will be arranged and informational briefings will be given to participants.
The National Weather Service is still compiling the data from this past weekend’s snow storm. But even without official measurements Meteorologist Matthew Belk says: we saw a lot of snow. “Looking across Rhode Island we’re looking at widespread accumulations of a foot and a-half to two and a-half feet of snow. The highest snowfall that I see in RI is 27.6 inches in West Glocester.
Providence Mayor Angel Tavares, and City Council President, Michael Solomon have inducted two new members into the city’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Hall of Fame. The awards ceremony honored two Providence men for their contributions.
John “Johnny” Britto and Dr. Wayne Montague, Sr. were selected as this year’s inductees from a list of nominees submitted by the Providence Human Relations Commission.