Providence, R.I. – The National Organization for Marriage has filed a lawsuit asking to be exempt from state campaign finance laws.
The National Organization for Marriage, NOM, opposes same-sex unions. It wants to take out ads on behalf of Rhode Island candidates who agree. But it does not want to be considered a political action committee. That would require reporting expenditures and complying with spending limits.
BOSTON – Massachusetts drivers who text while behind the wheel need to break the habit and fast.
This week, Massachusetts becomes the 30th state to introduce a texting ban as more states have cracked down on distracted driving.
s of Thursday, drivers who are caught texting will face fines ranging from $100 for a first offense and up to $500 for repeat offenses. The new law also prohibits scanning the Internet on a phone or mobile device while driving and bans anyone under 18 from talking on a cell phone while driving.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In politics, the actions of a candidate's family members often become public issues. WRNI political analyst Scott Mackay looks at how this may affect Democratic state General Treasurer Frank Caprio's campaign for Governor.
Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Free Clinic is set to receive nearly $100,000 in federal grant money.
CEO Marie Ghazal says the funds will allow the clinic to take on 300 new patients.
The funds will go to "infrastructure support for us to provide the medical assistant care, nursing care, pharmacy, all of the other infrastructure clinic needs that we need to see the patients," Ghazal says.
She adds that the clinic has not been able to meet demand for free medical care, and has to see patients on a lottery basis.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Republican Heidi Rogers' withdrawal from the race for lieutenant governor. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Curt Schilling's video game company, 38 studios, says it has signed a lease to move its headquarters to Empire Street in downtown Providence. The company is currently based in Maynard, Mass.
Governor Don Carcieri hails 38 studios' decision to move to one empire plaza. He says the state's investment in 38 studios will create 450 high-paying jobs, and attract other interactive and entertainment companies to Rhode Island.
Providence, R.I. – Democratic gubernatorial candidate and State Treasurer Frank Caprio is defending his re-hiring of a woman who was described as a quote "reign of terror" by an arbitrator.
The woman in question is Marion Solomon, niece of former State Treasurer Anthony Solomon. She was fired in 2005 for using foul and derogatory language to her co-workers. Caprio re-hired her when he took office in 2007.