Providence, RI – Some violent criminals would no longer be able to get out of prison early for good behavior under a bill introduced Tuesday.
The legislation was sparked by the case of Michael Woodmansee, who was sentenced in 1983 to serve 40 years for killing a 5-year-old Wakefield boy. Due to accumulated good time credits, Woodmansee is eligible to leave prison later this year after serving 28 years of his sentence.
State Representative Teresa Tanzi calls that a flawed policy.
Providence, RI – Providence residents will have the chance to weigh in tonight (Tuesday) on the proposed closures of four city schools. WRNI's Flo Jonic has a preview.
A 6 p.m. hearing at the Juanita Sanchez Educational complex in South Providence will give city residents their first chance to offer feedback on the proposed closures of four city schools. The closures are aimed at saving the cash-strapped city $12 million, which includes the salaries and benefits of 40 to 70 teachers.
Providence, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin supports the US role in striking at the government of Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi.
Langevin says he doesn't want to see the US get bogged down in a long-term situation in Libya. But he calls the American involvement in Libya justified.
"We can't be everywhere in the world," Langevin notes. The difference here is that Moammar Gadhafi has a very sophisticated military fighting force with overwhelming firepower and he's using that in some ways to target innocent civilian population."
Providence, RI – People who lobby Providence city officials will have to register their names in a publicly accessible database under terms of an ordinance signed into law Monday by Mayor Angel Taveras. They will also be required to wear name tags in City Hall and to file quarterly expense and income reports.
At a signing ceremony, Taveras said the capital city becomes the first municipality in the state to have such a law.