PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to our forum looking at the comedy and tragedy of making it in the theater business in Rhode Island. In this hour long special produced by WRNI and The Rhode Island Foundation, WRNI's Bill Gale speaks with Tony Estrella, Artistic Director of the Gamm Theater, Stephen Thorne and Angela Brazil of Trinity Repertory Company, and Deborah Obalil, Principal - Obalil & Associates.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced Monday nearly $6 million in federal funding to help pay for conservation projects.
Reed says the money is generated from a tax on fishing and hunting gear, and protected from budget cuts taking place on Capitol Hill.
"A long time ago my colleagues were wise enough to figure out the connection, and actually the communities - the fishing community and the hunting community - endorsed this 70 years ago, and still endorse it," says Reed.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Staring out from the front page of The Providence Journal last Thursday was yet another blemish on our state's political culture: The photo of three former North Providence councilmen who have agreed to plead guilty to extortion and bribery charges that will land them in federal prison.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Three former North Providence town councilmen and a businessman are slated to plead guilty today and tomorrow to corruption charges in a series of bribery and extortion schemes.
Former councilmen Joseph Burchfield and Raymond Douglas III are scheduled to enter their pleas in U.S. District Court in Providence today, as is Edward Imondi, a developer accused of acting as a middleman in the scheme.
The third former councilman, John Zambarano, is scheduled to enter his plea tomorrow.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A Rhode Island mobster is due in court this week to plead guilty to a murder for hire plot.
Anthony "The Saint" St. Laurent is scheduled to change his plea to guilty during a federal court appearance Tuesday. According to court documents, St. Laurent tried to hire various people to kill fellow Mafia member Robert DeLuca who had publicly accused St. Laurent of being a government informant.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tucked into Conley's Wharf in South Providence, a ramshackle barge bobs peacefully at the end of a pier off Allens Avenue. The vessel looks more like a floating tree house than a typical motorboat, but owner Zachary Weindel says his home, named Landlord Independent, is a part of the industrial waterfront.
"The boat really blends in, with the cedar poles that stick up and the dock it's kind of an urban camoflage," says Weindel.
Providence, RI – This week is officially the end of Dr. David Gifford's term as the Rhode Island Director of the Department of Health. Gifford resigned from the post back in January and is spending his last days on vacation. Before he left, Gifford met with WRNI's Health Care reporter Megan Hall to reflect on his six years at the department.
By lunch time on his last day at work, Dr. David Gifford's office was almost bare.