PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Brown University history professor emeritus Gordon Wood will receive the National Humanities Medal from President Obama at a White House ceremony Wednesday.
The medal honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities. Wood is being honored for his scholarship on the founding of the nation and the drafting of the Constitution.
Providence, RI – The former director of the Department of Health is headed to a new job in Washington D.C. Dr. David Gifford has accepted a senior vice president position with the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living.
Dr. Gifford's new job will focus on efforts to improve the quality of care in nursing homes and assisted living centers across the country. He says it's a satisfying return to his roots as a geriatrician and advocate for improving long term care.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee is scheduled to meet Wednesday with members of the Narragansett Indian Tribe regarding their interest in potentially purchasing Twin River and converting it into a full-scale casino.
Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he believes if the governor and local officials are on board, his tribe could legally move forward without the need for a constitutional amendment, and quickly.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A former North Providence town councilman accused of soliciting tens of thousands of dollars in bribes is scheduled to return to court today for a change-of-plea hearing to federal conspiracy, bribery and extortion charges.
John Zambarano is also expected to plead guilty to his role in an unrelated insurance fraud scheme.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence financial reckoning becomes clear later this week. City Hall sources say Mayor Angel Taveras is expected to detail the dire condition of city government finances by Thursday.
The Taveras administration isn't saying anything on the record at this point; mayoral spokeswoman Melissa Withers is adamant about not confirming any projected deficit numbers.
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.