PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In six campaigns, Vincent "Buddy" Cianci never lost an election for Providence mayor. But he was twice forced out of office in disgrace and convicted of felonies.
Now, Cianci seeks to have the last word on his colorful tenure. He has written a book telling his side of his storied and controversial career. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay sat down recently with Cianci for an interview.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Keith Stokes, the director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, took the stand Thursday as a witness in a civil lawsuit brought by a Brooklyn man who became paralyzed when he fell off Newport's Cliff Walk.
Stokes says making Cliff Walk completely safe would require erecting an eight foot fence and closing off large portions of the popular tourist attraction. And, he added, it would compromise the walk's historic nature.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island State Police have charged a Woonsocket funeral director with embezzlement and forgery. Officials say 38-year-old Todd Lauzon has been stealing money from the escrow clients of clients who prepaid for funeral services.
The charges involve three victims who lost over $27,000. But eighteen other victims have been identified and additional charges may be lodged.
State police Captain James Demers says Lauzon is suspected of embezzling in excess of $100,000 over the past decade.
A week after five companies made an offer on the financially troubled Landmark medical center in Woonsocket, the hospital is finally releasing the details on who those potential owners are and what they plan to do with the medical center.
The bids come from three companies based out of Tennessee- RegionalCare Hospital Partners, Transition HealthCare, and Capella Healthcare, as well as one company from California named Prime Healthcare Services.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A bill to eliminate time off for good behavior for some prisoners gets a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee this afternoon. It was sparked by news that child killer Michael Woodmansee is getting out of prison 12 years early because he followed the rules.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A labor agreement signed Wednesday makes a small dent in Providence's current deficit, but Mayor Angel Taveras says it still marks an important step.
Taveras says the agreement with Local 1033 of the Laborers International Union will save $26 million over four years. It includes a one percent pay cut, higher health insurance co-pays, and an incentive to trim the city workforce through attrition.