Providence, R.I. – The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to limit prosecutors' use of the ``honest services'' fraud statute could factor into the corruption appeal of a Providence hospital executive.
Robert Urciuoli, the former president and chief executive of Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, was convicted of hiring former state senator John Celona to do the hospital's Statehouse bidding. He has appealed to the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which hasn't ruled.
Providence, R.I. – Former Senator Lincoln Chafee is criticizing some of his fellow candidates for Rhode Island governor for the persistent budget deficits the state faces.
At a candidates' forum in Providence last night, Chafee, an independent, was criticized himself for a proposal to put a 1 percent sales tax on items such as groceries and prescription drugs.
Chafee says the plan would raise $100 million and is a less painful way to close budget deficits. But General Treasurer Frank Caprio, a Democrat, says Chafee's plan would put too much of a burden on families.
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."