PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On a 28-to-zero vote, longtime lawmaker Dominick Ruggiero got the nod Wednesday as the new majority leader in the state Senate.
The unanimous vote during an open Democratic caucus reflects how Ruggerio is held in high esteem by his fellow senators. Critics point to his work as an administrator for the New England Laborers' union in arguing that labor has too much influence in the General Assembly. Ruggerio responds by saying he's also advocated for business in the legislature.
Cherish Cornish, 29, joined the Army when she was 20 years old. When she was discharged, she was 23 and didn't know how to live on her own -- so she has struggled with homelessness. Photo by Stella Johnson for NPR.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This Sunday the group Diabolus in Musica will fill the Cathedral of St. John in Providence with music from Medieval France. The performance is part of the Museum Concerts of Rhode Island series.
There's a bit of a chill inside the sanctuary at St. John the Evangelist in Newport. The old, stone church sits quietly, except for the three women at the altar, sniffing and coughing as they fight off colds and warm up their vocals.