WRNI – Publicity campaigns to influence Rhode Island voters, who may get to vote on a proposed casino development, have begun. The most vocal opposition is coming from the existing gambling facilities, Lincoln Park and Newport Grand. We talk with Mike Trainor - spokesman for Lincoln Park, and Jan Jones -executive vice president of Harrah's Gaming, the financial backer of the proposed Narragansett Casino development.
WRNI – For the growing population in Rhode Island's homeless shelters, the critical question is how to get out and into homes of their own. People have to cope with both their personal circumstances and with the short supply of affordable housing. Residents at two shelters in the Newport Area tell their stories.
WRNI – Two new reports say that homelessness in Rhode Island is at an all time high. The reports say the primary cause is a lack of affordable housing. Deborah Becker talks to Eric Hersh, Associate Professor of Sociology at Providence College, who prepared the reports.
WRNI – The history of how the poor and insane were housed and cared for in 19th Century Rhode Island is being investigated in a project on the current Raytheon campus in Portsmouth. From 1833 until 1929, this was also the site of the Portsmouth Asylum.
WRNI – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Rhode Island plans to give back 21 million dollars in premiums collected this year. The plan was developed as blue cross realized that revenues would be at least that much higher than expected for this calendar year. The money is to be divided between hospitals, doctors and members. The give back is seen as a largely symbolic move and has critics worried it might diffuse efforts to increase scrutiny of the state's largest insurer.
WRNI – A wide-ranging investigation of the station club fire has ended with involuntary manslaughter charges. Club co-owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian, and Great White's tour manager face 200 counts each. Dozens of survivors and family members of those who died say the indictments don't go far enough.
WRNI – We talk with criminal defense attorney Len O'brien about the charges of involuntary manslaughter brought against club owners Michael and Jeffrey Derderian, and Great White's tour manager Daniel Biechele over the station nightclub fire tragedy.
wrni – Public works officials in Providence are trying a new approach to a major quality of life issue. They've modified their strategy to fighting the city's thriving rat population.
The rat population in residential neighborhoods has grown in recent years because of construction downtown. City efforts to control the population by making residents cover their trash cans and through extermination are not keeping up with the rodent's rapid reproduction rate.
WRNI – The wrongful death trial concerning the fatal shooting of an off duty black Providence police officer by two on duty officers has come to a sudden end. The judge in the case has dismissed the lawsuit over the killing of Cornel Young Jr. The ruling has brought an angry reaction from civil rights advocates.