PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Poverty has tens of thousands of faces in Rhode Island. It's the face of 23 year old Maureen George, a resident of the Crossroads homeless shelter. "My mom died when I was 14 and I was living with family members," she says. "I used to be in state care and after state care there was nowhere to go so I came here."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The head of the state's Coastal Resources Management Council said he will make sure fishermen are treated fairly as Deepwater Wind rolls out its proposal for 200 turbines off the Rhode Island, Massachusetts coast. State and federal officials meet Friday to discuss the plan.
Deepwater Wind wants to put 200 turbines 20 miles off the coast to provide electricity for the northeast. Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Grover Fugate said he wishes Deepwater Wind had started with smaller projects.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Deepwater Wind's proposal for an expanded wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island is getting praise from one environmental group.
Deepwater Wind has changed course on its plans to build a wind farm in federal waters between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company's latest proposal calls for building 200 turbines, that's twice as many as originally planned.
Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save The Bay, said he supports the larger project because of the economies of scale it promises.
WRNI – This week WRNI and the Rhode Island Foundation held a special forum looking at poverty and homelessness in Rhode Island. In our This I Believe segment, we talk with Constance Vergowven, who has experienced poverty and homelessness firsthand.
Vergowven lives in Newport and works with the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch is suing the Albion Fire District for allegedly violating the state's open meetings law.
The lawsuit, which seeks a civil fine, contends the fire district posted an insufficient agenda for its May 11th meeting. The agenda indicated the fire district would discuss "old business" and "committee reports" but did not state it would include updates on public records requests or the status of a legislative package.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Tomorrow night, WRNI in conjunction with the Rhode Island Foundaton, is hosting a forum on the subject of poverty in the Ocean State. Few people understand the problem as well as longtime Rhode Islander Christine Ferguson,the former director of the state department of Human Services. She spoke recently with WRNI's Flo Jonic.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Twenty-nine newly elected lawmakers got a daylong orientation at the State House Wednesday.
One of the new legislators is Democrat Donna Nesselbush, a lawyer from Pawtucket. She's taking the state Senate seat held since 1975 by John McBurney, the Assembly's longest-serving lawmaker who decided not to seek reelection. Nesselbush said she hopes to make an impact.
PROVIDENCE. R.I. – Attorney General-elect Peter Kilmartin said he'll enlist the state in a federal program that checks fingerprints with an immigration database. The "Secure Communities" program has police check fingerprints against FBI criminal and immigration databases.
Kilmartin campaigned on the issue, and it's a program that will protect Rhode Island families, said Kilmartin spokesman Brett Broesder.