Providence, R.I. – Parents and school officials in East Providence meet tonight about a controversial policy ending recess before or after lunch. Loss of unstructured playtime is part of a national trend that worries some child development experts. But East Providence officials say they are not trying to do away with playtime.
Providence, R.I. – Five people charged in a federal corruption investigation in North Providence will be in court this week.
Three former North Providence town council members accused of soliciting bribes are scheduled to be arraigned for a second time on Monday following the release of a new indictment last week charging them with additional extortion schemes.
Raymond Douglas III, Joseph Burchfield and John Zambarano have previously pleaded not guilty.
Speaking on WRNI?s Political Roundtable, Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he would be interested in approaching officials and playing a role in establishing full fledged casino gambling at Twin River.
Providence, R.I. – Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas is still hopeful about the tribe's chances of operating a casino in the Ocean State.
Thomas says he expects legislation to pass in Washington that would put the Narragansetts on a level playing field with other federally recognized tribes. He says that would set the stage for his tribe to work with state officials, and help Rhode Island keep pace with potential gambling expansion in Massachusetts.
Providence, R.I. – When Route 95 and its highway arteries sliced through the heart of Providence in the 1950s and 60s, it separated the city's commercial center from its neighborhoods. But a lot of time and taxpayers did much to repair the damage done by Route 95.
Providence, R.I. – Additional charges have been lodged against three former North Providence town councilmen accused of shaking down a developer. Meanwhile, two other men are now implicated in the scheme.
The original indictment charged former North Providence town councilors Joseph Burchfield, Raymond Douglas and John Zambarano with single counts of extortion and bribery. But a new indictment that takes its place adds conspiracy and increases the bribery and extortion counts.