PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis, who was raised in Central Falls, was in Rhode Island over the week-end helping to promote a year long celebration of the life of performer Mahalia Jackson at Mixed Magic Theatre in Pawtucket. She sat down with WRNI's Flo Jonic for an exclusive interview.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – "Shocked and devastated." That was Congressman Jim Langevin's reaction to the shooting of Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. But Langevin says he will do nothing special to enhance his personal security.
They sat together on the Armed Services Committee and Congressman Jim Langevin calls Gabrielle Giffords a good friend. He was horrified to hear she was shot while meeting with constituents at a Tucson grocery store.
Providence, RI – The director of the Rhode Island Department of Health is stepping down from his position.
Dr. David Gifford submitted his resignation to Governor Chafee late Friday afternoon, to the surprise of his staff and the administration. He says he's been thinking about the direction of his life, and he wants to spend more time working on improving the quality and delivery of health care.
PROVIDENCE, RI. – Rhode Island state police are investigating the death of an inmate at the high security center of the Adult Correctional Institution.
Thirty year old Dennard Walker was found unresponsive at 3:30am Thursday. He had been serving a life sentence for the murder of a teenage girl who was about to testify against Walker's half brother in a separate murder case.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A state lawmaker from Cranston is renewing his push to legalize same-sex marriage in Rhode Island.
Democratic state Representative Arthur Handy says he will introduce legislation today to make legal same sex marriage in the Ocean State. This is the ninth year Handy has introduced the measure, but he says he's more optimistic given the swearing in of independent Governor Lincoln Chafee.