PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Ethics Commission says there's probable cause that Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau violated Rhode Island's code of ethics when he accepted a heating furnace from a city contractor.
Moreau got a discount on the furnace from Michael Bouthilette while the contractor was boarding up abandoned homes for the city of Central Falls. Bouthilette was also one of Moreau's campaign contributors.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's been a good year for Providence-based Community Music Works. Last month, its founder was selected as a MacArthur fellow- he'll receive $500,000 to spend however he pleases. And today, the non-profit is receiving an award from the White House for being one of the best youth arts organizations in the country. WRNI's Megan Hall has this profile.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – First Congressional District candidates John Loughlin and David Cicilline will take part in a televised debate this evening.
Cicilline, the two-term mayor of Providence, has embraced a traditional Democratic message of defending working families. Loughlin, a three-term state rep from Tiverton, has countered with Republican themes about cutting federal spending and reducing the national deficit.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The CEO of the Lifespan Hospital system earned more than $9 million in 2009, according to documents obtained by WRNI.
That's about triple his compensation in 2008.
Lifespan CEO George Vecchione's compensation package was a point of controversy in 2009 when a Providence Phoenix article uncovered that his $3 million salary and benefits were the most of any hospital system CEO in New England.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Waiting for Superman, a controversial new documentary about the poor quality of American public schools, opens this week in Rhode Island. WRNI Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison went to the Rhode Island premiere in Warwick Tuesday night and filed this report.
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Providence, RI – It sounds a bit like a clich : Slow things down. Smell the roses. Take note of the breathtakingly beautiful sunset, the gentle trickle of a hillside stream, the sparkle of raindrops as they bounce off a flower pedal. The truth is, all of us would do well to reflect on the natural wonders that surround us and, as Scott Turner tells us, reflect on what they can teach us about the trajectory of our lives.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The city of Providence has filed a lawsuit against the Providence Public Library over the dilapidated condition of several branch libraries.
The non-profit Providence Public Library leases the buildings to the city for a dollar a year. Library spokeswoman Tonia Mason says the lawsuit ignores portions of the lease that call for the city to take care of certain building repairs and improvements.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – National Grid says it has started work on a transmission line that will stretch from North Smithfield to Warwick.
The power company says it will be putting in new poles, wires, and a new system for this additional line. National Grid spokesman David Graves says the line is part of a project designed to relieve bottlenecks during times of peak energy use in July and August.