Providence, RI – A bill to allow same-sex couples to enter into civil unions has cleared the House on a 62-11 vote. Despite support in the House, the bill's future in the State Senate remains a question mark.
Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed is on record as supporting civil unions. But her spokesman says a Senate vote on the House bill hasn't yet been scheduled. Opponents like Christopher Plante of the National Organization for Marriage hope the Senate will make changes to the legislation passed by the House.
Providence, RI – Rhode Island's unemployment rate edged down slightly in April. As WRNI's Flo Jonic reports it's currently the lowest it's been in almost two years.
Rhode Island's seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for April was 10.9% - down one tenth of a percentage point from March. It's the first time in 21 months the rate has been below 11%. But it is still two percent higher than the national jobless rate.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A South Kingstown man whose son was killed by Michael Woodmansee is taking issue with a bill recently approved by the State Senate.
John Foreman IV is asking the state House of Representatives to reject changes in the so-called "good time" law recently approved by the state senate. The bill would prohibit murderers, child kidnappers and molesters from earning time off their sentences for good behavior.