Providence, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione yesterday unveiled a new effort to challenge the dominance of General Assembly Democrats.
Looking to brand themselves, Republicans rolled out what they're calling "Rhode Island Clean Slate." It's meant to supplement the individual efforts of about 100 Republican and independent legislative candidates. Related bus ads and radio spots are set to start this week.
Providence, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch says he will dismiss charges against Philip Markoff, the man suspected of assaulting and robbing a couple at a Warwick motel last year.
Markoff is thought to have killed himself at the Nashua Street jail in Boston over the weekend. The Boston Herald, quoting anonymous sources, says Markoff used a pen to cut his arteries and covered his head with a plastic bag.
He was charged in Massachusetts with killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist.
Providence, R.I. – Public health officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have announced this summer's first case of eastern equine encephalitis in a person.
Citing privacy, officials identified him Sunday only as a Rhode Island man in his 20s from Newport County. He is in critical condition.
Officials say his exposure to a mosquito carrying the encephalitis likely occurred in southeastern Massachusetts, which has been identified as an area of high risk. Officials say his symptoms first occurred Aug. 5, before aerial spraying.
Providence, R.I. – The Democratic primary race for Lt. Governor is shaping up, with both incumbent Elizabeth Roberts and challenger Jeremy Kapstein weighing on the state's $75-million loan guarantee to a video game development company founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. But WRNI Political Analyst Scott Mackay says Rhode Islanders have yet to hear specifics on where Kapstein, a Red Sox executive, stands on the major issues.
Providence, R.I. – The state Public Utilities Commission is expected today to issue its written decision for Deepwater Wind's controversial power-purchase agreement.
Once the Commission's written decision is released, opponents will have seven days to seek a review by the state Supreme Court. Attorney General Patrick Lynch, whose office represents consumers, has already said he'll seek that review.
Providence, R.I. – Scientists from around the country convene in Providence this week to discuss the latest developments in biomechanics.
Scientists describe biomechanics as the place where engineering and life sciences meet. At the annual conference of the American Society of Biomechanics in Providence this week that means everything from robots that can swim like fish to investigations into the causes of arthritis.