PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island AFL-CIO Monday night announced it will not be making an endorsement in the governor's race. The decision reflects how labor support is divided between independent Lincoln Chafee and Democrat Frank Caprio.
Chafee told union delegates at the Rhode Island Convention Center that he's a bigger break from Gov. Carcieri than Caprio, Republican John Robitaille, and Moderate candidate Ken Block.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee has a narrow lead over Democrat Frank Caprio in a new Rasmussen survey.
The survey of 750 likely voters shows Chafee with 33 percent of the vote among likely voters, compared with 30 percent for Caprio. Republican John Robitaille places third, with 23 percent of the vote, while Moderate Ken Block gets five percent.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Public Transportation Authority officials are meeting with Providence residents, seeking input on plans for a corridor linking the northern and southern ends of the city.
Assistant General Manager Mark Therrien says RIPTA found a need for a north-south corridor due to growth in the Jewelry District. He says what the corridor will look like is up to residents.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The RISD Museum in Providence is preparing to reopen some galleries that have been closed for the last year for renovations.
The ancient, medieval and early Renaissance galleries are due to reopen to the public on Friday. Renovations include restoration of door moldings, wood flooring and changes to way artifacts are displayed. Curator of ancient art, Gina Boromeo, says it's a major improvement.
Providence, R.I. – Nick Korstead tells The Herald News he'll close his purchase of the lighthouse from the federal General Services Administration this week. He bid $56,569 for the 129-year-old lighthouse, which is located in Mount Hope Bay at the mouth of the Taunton River.
Korstead, of Portland, Oregon, bought the 50-foot lighthouse at auction after the previous high bidder--who had planned to open a microbrewery inside--defaulted.
Providence, R.I. – Romney's Free and Strong America PAC said today that it was supporting John Loughlin and Mark Zaccaria for Congress, and is giving them both $2,500.
Loughlin is running against Providence Mayor David Cicilline to replace Patrick Kennedy. Zaccaria is trying to unseat Congressman Jim Langevin.
Romney is also supporting John Robitaille, who faces a four-way race for governor against independent Lincoln Chafee, Democrat Frank Caprio and Moderate Ken Block. His PAC did not send Robitaille any money.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Karen Feldman is the co-director of Young Voices, a Rhode Island organization that transforms urban youth into powerful advocates. She is joined by teenagers Grace Ajayi, Johanna German and Rick Rodriguez. They believe youth have the power to change Rhode Island.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For those of you who were wondering why labor unions have a strong presence at the State House, WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay has an answer business leaders may not want to hear.