Providence, R.I. – Businessman and philanthropist Anthony Gemma this morning announced his Democratic campaign for the congressional seat held by Patrick Kennedy.
Gemma told supporters at a Providence Place movie theater that he wants to involve more people in shaping government decisions. He says Rhode Island's top state and federal officials should also hold "board" meetings to work together on major issues.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has signed legislation that would prohibit the state's cities and towns from entering judicial receivership.
The bill was prompted by Central Falls' decision last month to go into receivership. A judge appointed an outside lawyer, Jonathan Savage, to act as temporary receiver for the financially troubled city and gave him oversight of its finances.
Providence, R.I. – A judge has denied the federal government's request to be dismissed from a lawsuit over the death of an immigration detainee in Rhode Island.
Hiu Lui ``Jason'' Ng died of advanced liver cancer in August 2008 in the custody of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility. A federal lawsuit filed by his widow accuses Wyatt staff of abusing and medically neglecting Ng, a Chinese computer engineer from New York who was detained for overstaying a visa.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri says he'll sign a bill that speeds regulatory oversight of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Block Island.
Carcieri says he'll sign the bill Tuesday. The legislation was approved by the General Assembly last week. The state Public Utilities Commission in March rejected a 20-year contract for Deepwater Wind to build an eight-turbine wind farm because it would cost ratepayers too much money.
Providence, R.I. – For many kids, a summer job is not only a way to earn some spending money, but also a way to stay out of trouble. But this summer could be a hot and boring one for thousands of Rhode Island kids who are struggling to find work. According to employment experts, the recession has taken a hit on the teenage summer jobs market.
Providence, R.I. – As the nation faces ongoing concerns about the BP oil spill, scientists on nearby Cape Cod are being deployed to the gulf to find out more about the leaking oil. They'll be conducting their study aboard the University of Rhode Island's Endeavor vessel, which left the Ocean State last week for the Gulf Coast. Chris Reddy is lead researcher on the project. He spoke by phone with Morning Edition host Bob Seay by phone from Cape Cod.
Providence, R.I. – Last week, Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri signed into law an overhaul of the state's income tax system. At the signing ceremony, the Republican Governor was joined and cheered by Democratic General Assembly leaders. But WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says many Rhode Islanders might not be cheering about the new law when they pay their taxes next year.