PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A year ago this week severe flooding damaged homes and businesses on a massive scale. The floods dealt a significant blow to the state economy by devastating scores of small businesses.
Alfred Schoeninger still gets emotional while talking about the flood that almost destroyed his small business, the Cranston Casting Company. But a year later, his sadness in looking back comes mixed with a smile and a laugh.
For the third time in two weeks, a bond rating agency has downgraded Providence's municipal bonds.
Standard and Poor's today reduced the capitol city's rating from A- to BBB+.
David Ortiz with the Mayor's office says the city is working to get those ratings back up.
"The Taveras administration is taking decisive action, that has been acknowledged by all three rating agencies," he says, "and we are headed in the right direction to eventually improve the city's bond ratings."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A state lawmaker is under fire after criticizing a student support group at Tiverton High School. Rep. Dan Gordon said members of the Gay Straight Alliance should be prohibited from meeting in the school, because it receives public funding.
Gordon claims the club, started by a student to address issues such as bullying, is an inappropriate use of school time.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee Wednesday vowed to cut waiting times for frustrated motorists at the state Department of Motor Vehicles.
During a news conference at DMV headquarters in Cranston, Chafee announced Lisa Holley is replacing Sally Strachan as the agency's director. Holley most recently served as chief legal counsel for the state Department of Public Safety. Holley says a new team will assess what's wrong with the DMV and set performance-based goals.