PROVIDENCE, RI – For 31 years, Elaine Hanlon has worked for the public defender's office mostly in criminal investigation. "I track down and interview witnesses, I serve subpoenas, photograph crime scenes," says Hanlon.
Her job takes her into neighborhoods the police don't dare enter without back up and the hours are all over the place.
"None of us is willing to see someone go to jail just because we don't feel like working on a weekend, we just want to do the right thing," she says.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The house gets ready for a vote on the budget, and the debate over the land made available by relocating interstate 195. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.
Joining us as usual is WRNI political analyst Scott Mackay. And University of Rhode Island political science professor Maureen Moakley. Our special guest is Richard Licht, director of the State Department of Administration.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Fox Point Neighborhood Association has come out in opposition to a bill that sets up a state-controlled commission to oversee the development of land freed up by the re-location of Interstate 195.
The Fox Point Neighborhood Association objects to the I-195 commission because of its makeup. The Governor would appoint four of the seven members ; the city of Providence would get only three appointments.
PROVIDENCE, RI – We continue our week-long series on Rhode Island's troubled pension fund with a look at teachers. Nearly half of the retirees in the pension system are teachers, and they receive an average of just over $41,000 per year. That accounts for more than half of the state's $7 billion unfunded pension liability.
PROVIDENCE, RI – After eight years as Providence police chief, Dean Esserman has resigned.
Esserman became a polarizing figure after becoming chief in 2003. Supporters say he reformed a scandal-plagued department. Rank and file officers called Esserman arrogant and voted no confidence in him in 2009.
Esserman says he resigned because of controversy over a recent graduation party at his home. The chief says he broke it up after witnessing some underage drinking.