Providence, R.I. – In the latest in our series of candidate interviews, we hear from Anthony Gemma. Gemma is a businessman from Lincoln - and one of four Democrats hoping to succeed Patrick Kennedy to represent Rhode Island's 1st Congressional district. He is the former head of Gem Plumbing; he's never run for political office and describes himself as a "conservative Democrat." Anthony Gemma sat down with WRNI political analyst, Scott Mackay, to talk about why he's running for Congress.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed legislation that would ask voters whether the state's two slot parlors can expand into casinos.
In a veto message dated Tuesday, the governor says critical financial information is unknown because the legislation does not specify how much of a split from revenues will go to the state. Under the current law, 61 percent of revenues go to the state.
Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has signed into law a bill that creates a funding formula for the state's schools. The legislation signed Wednesday was a key step to improve the state's chances of securing $75 million in federal grants through the national Race to the Top funding competition.
Rhode Island had been the only state without a formula to determine how much state aid each school district should get. That made it difficult for local communities to predict how much they could count on.
Providence, R.I. – A former Woonsocket police officer has pleaded guilty to a civil rights charge in the beating of a teenage boy in his custody. John H. Douglas pleaded guilty Wednesday in U.S. District Court to depriving the teen of his civil rights. He faces up to 10 years in prison. Prosecutors have agreed to recommend a reduced sentence when he is sentenced Nov. 10.
Providence, R.I. – It's hard to characterize the music of the Rhode Island based band Death Vessel. The radio station WNYC has called it familiar yet strange, personal yet abstract. And The Denver Post's Reverb blog has described the music as leaving "a unique taste in the air" and "an urge to hear more."
Providence, RI – NPR listeners know all too well that our nation is caught in a vise filled with all manner of domestic and international challenges and crises. War. Poverty. Hunger. Natural disasters. The list seems almost endless and has many of us thinking hard about what our nation's youth can do, individually and collectively, to help meet these challenges. That's certainly the case for Tim Rivinus.
U.S. – Imagine a labyrinth of marshy islands, accessible only by boat. Add a dose of choppy seas and surprise thunderstorms. Those are the conditions in which Margo Zdravkovic and her team from the Coastal Bird Conservation Program are searching for the Wilson's Plover, an eight-inch long bird.
"We'll swing out to where it's safe to pass those breakers and hopefully find what we're looking for," Zdravkovic says.
Providence, R.I. – The end of the homebuyer tax credit does not seem to have hurt real estate sales in Rhode Island.
The home buyer tax credit ended April 30th but May home sales in Rhode Island held their own. Single family home sales stayed about the same as they were a year ago but the median price rose five percent to nearly $200,000. Condo sales were up 22 percent and the median price rose 14 percent to $182,000.