PROVIDENCE, R.I. – "Shocked and devastated." That was Congressman Jim Langevin's reaction to the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. But Langevin says he will do nothing special to enhance his personal security.
They sat together on the Armed Services Committee and Congressman Jim Langevin calls Gabrielle Giffords a good friend. He was horrified to hear she was shot while meeting with constituents at a Tucson grocery store.
Providence, RI – The director of the Rhode Island Department of Health is stepping down from his position.
Dr. David Gifford submitted his resignation to Governor Chafee late Friday afternoon, to the surprise of his staff and the administration. He says he's been thinking about the direction of his life, and he wants to spend more time working on improving the quality and delivery of health care.
PROVIDENCE, RI. – Rhode Island state police are investigating the death of an inmate at the high security center of the Adult Correctional Institution.
Thirty year old Dennard Walker was found unresponsive at 3:30am Thursday. He had been serving a life sentence for the murder of a teenage girl who was about to testify against Walker's half brother in a separate murder case.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A state lawmaker from Cranston is renewing his push to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.
Democratic state Representative Arthur Handy says he will introduce legislation today to make legal same sex marriage in the Ocean State. This is the ninth year Handy has introduced the measure, but he says he's more optimistic given the swearing in of independent Governor Lincoln Chafee.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee on Wednesday rescinded a controversial executive order that mandated more stringent enforcement against illegal immigrants.
Chafee rescinded Governor Carcieri's executive order at the International Institute, a nonprofit agency in Providence that aids immigrants and refugees. Chafee delighted a largely Latino audience by calling e-verify a divisive issue that has caused unnecessary fear among immigrants.
Providence, RI – Rhode Island has a drug and alcohol problem. The Ocean State ranks first in the nation for the percentage of residents 12 and older who use illegal drugs and it has the highest rate of alcohol use.
In an attempt to chip away at those numbers, advocates recently opened the state's first community center for recovering addicts.
Jim Gillen describes the new facility this way- "It's a palace. It's home. It's a four thousand square foot recovery paradise," he says.