Cranston, R.I. – A biofuel technology company is looking to open what it says will be a one-of-a-kind clean energy production facility in Rhode Island.
Tomorrow Biofuels hopes to launch the location in Cranston this fall, according to a company press release. The release explained that the facility will use carbon emissions from a nearby power-plant to "feed" fast-growing algae that can eventually produce clean biofuel.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's highest court has rejected a bid for freedom from a woman acquitted by reason of insanity in the arson killing of her 12-year-old daughter.
Tonya Fuller-Balletta was accused of trapping the girl by locking the doors to her house and setting it ablaze. A judge found her legally insane and not guilty of murder and arson charges in 2007, confining her to the state psychiatric hospital.
The state Supreme Court said Thursday that Fuller-Balletta remains too dangerous to be released into the community.
Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed a bill establishing the post of Historian Laureate of Rhode Island.
He claimed that the criteria for appointment are inadequate, that the title is unnecessary and that the position puts too much value on one historian's perspective to the exclusion of others.
He also said that the governor, and not the Secretary of State, should have the power to choose who fills the post. He released a statement yesterday urging Rhode Island's representatives to support his veto.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts has closed a $100 million deal that includes the purchase of nearly 40 miles of rail lines as part of a plan to build a commuter rail link from Boston to Fall River and New Bedford.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said that construction on the commuter rail, not expected to be completed for another six or seven years, will begin this summer with refurbishing of several freight bridges in the New Bedford area.
That work is expected to create between 200 and 300 jobs and should be completed by early 2012.
Providence, R.I. – A lawyer for Central Falls says he's willing to accept a state-appointed receiver to oversee the city's finances.
The lawyer, Joseph Larisa, said earlier this week that he planned to challenge the state's efforts to move the city out of judicial receivership and onto a separate path of state oversight for financially troubled cities.
Central Falls last month was appointed a temporary receiver by a judge. But a new law prohibits cities and towns from seeking judicial receivership and instead offers a three-tier track with a state receiver.