PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Electric Boat has announced expansion plans for Quonset Point. The company, which is a subsidiary of General Dynamics, says it will be hiring 400 people between now and the end of 2012.
Company spokesman Robert Hamilton says the hiring is the result of a doubling of the Navy's order for submarines. "The Navy will be ordering two submarines a year for several years as it expands the Virginia class and it's the first time since 1989 that they've done so," says Hamilton.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is throwing his support behind a package of bills aimed at growing jobs.
One bill would end tax benefits for companies that ship jobs overseas. Another would permit the United States to impose trade sanctions on countries like China that artificially control their currency valuation. And a third would help small businesses obtain capital.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered flags in the state lowered to half-staff in remembrance of the six people killed during an assassination attempt on Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
Chafee on Monday ordered flags lowered until sunset on Friday to honor the dead and the 14 injured outside a supermarket in Tucson on Saturday.
Chafee calls it an unthinkable tragedy that has brought him and all Rhode Islanders great personal sadness.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The shooting of Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords is having an impact on congressional security here in Rhode Island.
Normally there is no security at Rhode Island press conferences attended by members of the state's congressional delegation. But at a news conference attended by three members of the Rhode Island congressional delegation a trio of Warwick police officers provided security.
Providence, RI – The Chafee administration is wasting no time in finding a replacement for the Director of the Department of Health, Dr. David Gifford.
The Governor's office says it hopes to find a new director by the time Gifford leaves his position at the end of February.
The administration plans to announce the members of a search committee by the end of the week. The Governor's spokesman says the committee will not limit itself to candidates from within the Ocean State.