ELISABETH: For more than a year we’ve been hearing about the cash strapped Central Coventry Fire district. The district has been in receivership for months and is currently on its way to bankruptcy. Now a second fire district in the town is running in the red. Not to mention recent media reports of a fire chief allegedly abusing the system on the taxpayers’ dime. Here to help us sort through all of this is Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender. So John what is happening in Coventry?
Roger Williams University is expanding its presence in Providence. The school is moving into the former home of 38 Studios.
One Empire Plaza is best known as the headquarters for the now defunct videogame company 38 Studios. The building will house the Roger Williams; center for continuing studies, graduate programs, and the Latino Policy Insititute. President Donald Farish said the new location will better serve adult and non-traditional students. “If we were doing things out of Bristol, we’d simply become inaccessible to huge portions of the state.”
State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a series of issues, including Coventry fire district woes, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's performance, the struggles of the RI GOP; and more.
State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable to discuss Governor-elect Gina Raimondo's early moves on the economy; concern about rising energy prices; and the questions highlighted by fire district problems in Coventry.
Asthma rates in Rhode Island are above the national average, according to a Brown University professor who testified before a Senate subcommittee hearing focused on air quality standards. Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza has more details.
The hearing focused on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposal to strengthen the air quality standard for ozone, the main pollutant in smog linked to asthma, heart disease, and premature death, from the present standard of 75 parts per million down to a range of 65 to 70 parts per million.
Want to get a sense of why Rhode Island is unlikely to see anytime soon the consolidation of fire services in communities -- like Coventry, Lincoln, and Burrillville -- that each have a handful of local fire districts?
Five European companies are looking to set up shop in Rhode Island. Gov. Lincoln Chafee said the announcement is part of an economic tide rolling in to Rhode Island.
At an announcement at the Statehouse, the five companies said they have plans to put down stakes here. SCORE, an encryption technology firm, will locate a data processing center. REIOS designs efficient lighting systems and will build an assembly plant. Italian restaurant chain Galivm will open at least one location. And Furniture maker Monaghan Brothers out of Ireland said it will open a show room.