Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island researcher is raising questions about chemicals used to break up the Gulf oil spill.
David Smith, associate dean of the School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, believes that the government's decision to use nearly 2 million gallons of untested oil dispersants could yield long term environmental damage in the Gulf.
Providence, R.I. – A court has blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing key provisions of its controversial immigration law, but state police in Rhode Island continue to assist federal authorities in rounding up undocumented people. The Rhode Island policy is a result of a 2008 executive order signed by Governor Carcieri. WRNI's Flo Jonic compares the two policies and examines why the U.S. Justice Department has challenged Arizona's law but not Rhode Island's.
Providence, RI – It's not unusual for health-related or other crises to stop us in our tracks and force us to think hard about what matters most in life as our ordinary lives come to a halt. Often, these unbidden challenges lead us to view life through a very different lens. That's certainly the case for Jack Partridge.
Jack Partridge is a Providence-based attorney and the author of the books Straight Pool, Carom, and the soon-to-be-published Scratched.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's economic development brass has awarded a $75 million loan to a video game start-up headed by retired Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. But the question is will taxpayers end up holding the empty sock this time.
So Rhode Island is going into the video game business. Your state government has guaranteed a $75 million loan to a business headed by Boston Red Sox legend Curt Schilling.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is getting almost 2 million dollars for flood-related crisis counseling from the Federal Emergency Management Administration, or FEMA. The grant will go towards an initiative called Rhode Island Hope, Helping Other People in Emergencies.
The state Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals will use the initiative to help residents cope with their losses.
Providence, R.I. – Station nightclub fire victims and defendants are asking to destroy more than 700 pieces of evidence from the 2003 fire in West Warwick.
They split the 2500 dollar-a-month rent for a Cranston warehouse that holds the evidence, even since their lawyers settled the case. Today, their lawyers filed a joint motion to get rid of the evidence because they say it's no longer needed.
Providence, R.I. – Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley has reached a deal with the Cape Wind offshore wind energy project that she says will save consumers up to 465 million dollars over 15 years.
Coakley says she made the deal with Cape Wind Associates, the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources, and National Grid for two reasons.