PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Twenty-nine newly elected lawmakers got a daylong orientation at the State House Wednesday.
One of the new legislators is Democrat Donna Nesselbush, a lawyer from Pawtucket. She's taking the state Senate seat held since 1975 by John McBurney, the Assembly's longest-serving lawmaker who decided not to seek reelection. Nesselbush said she hopes to make an impact.
PROVIDENCE. R.I. – Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin said he'll enlist the state in a federal program that checks fingerprints with an immigration database. The "Secure Communities" program has police check fingerprints against FBI criminal and immigration databases.
Kilmartin campaigned on the issue, and it's a program that will protect Rhode Island families, said Kilmartin spokesman Brett Broesder.
Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL Several leading advocate groups for the elderly say they're withholding judgment on Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee's nomination of Republican Catherine Taylor to direct the state's department of elderly affairs.
Taylor's lack of experience in the realm of senior issues has raised some eyebrows around the state, but organizations like the Senior Agenda Coalition and the Gray Panthers are taking a wait and see attitude towards Chafee's nominee.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has ordered all flags in Rhode Island lowered to half staff Tuesday in honor of Pearl Harbor Day.
It's been 69 years since the Japanese made a surprise attack on the naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, killing some 2,400 people. Major General Robert Bray, commanding general of the Rhode Island National Guard, says residents owe it to veterans to remember Pearl Harbor.
WASHINGTON – In a new case about climate change, the Supreme Court will hear an appeal from electric utilities that are trying to short-circuit an effort by Rhode Island and other states to force cuts in power plant emissions.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is getting the word out to small businesses about federal tax credits, some that expire soon. One credit gives small businesses a break if they're paying for more than half of health insurance for some employees.
Whitehouse said more than 80 percent of small businesses qualify for this tax credit but many of them don't know about it.