Boston, MA – Lobstermen in southern New England are facing a possible five-year fishing ban to help depleted stocks. Biologists made the drastic recommendation to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission regulators. They acknowledge``catastrophic effects'' on local lobstermen, but say the move is needed to rebuild the lobster to sustainable levels. But Rhode Island lobsterman Bill McElroy said Thursday it would be ``a death sentence'' to the industry in the southern New England region _ which extends from Cape Cod to North Carolina.
Providence, R.I. – The Senate Judiciary Committee has postponed the debate over a Providence lawyer and activist up for a spot on the federal court in Rhode Island.
John McConnell Jr., who was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position in March, will have to wait until next week for the debate.
The hearing was postponed to give McConnell's opponents more time to discuss his history of leading lawsuits against manufacturers and businesses - a history they say makes him unsuitably partisan for a federal court.
Providence, R.I. – Doctors may be examining Rhode Island patients over the Internet in the near future.
United Health Care is investing in equipment that allows specialists to examine wounds, perform ultrasounds and offer other services remotely. Spokesperson Debora Spano says even in a state the size of Rhode Island, some patients have trouble reaching their doctors in person.
Providence, R.I. – He is 103 years old and finally Frank DiPaolo is retiring after 32 years as a Statehouse door keeper. Or is he?
DiPaolo's friends showed up at the Statehouse to celebrate the retirement of the 103-year-old house doorkeeper.
Dipaolo, a political fixture in Providence's Mount Pleasant neighborhood, helped Patrick Kennedy win his first political race. It was a 1988 campaign for state representative from the neighborhood surrounding Providence College, where at the time Kennedy was a student.
Providence, R.I. – Can it really be that Michael Bennett's "A Chorus Line" is approaching middle age? That its first performances, at the Public Theater in New York's Greenwich Village, took place more than 35 years ago?
Providence, R.I. – Six candidates running for governor will meet for their first debate.
Thursday's debate hosted by WPRI-TV will be the first chance for voters to see the candidates go toe-to-toe on issues such as the economy and education.
The candidates include two Democrats - General Treasurer Frank Caprio and Attorney General Patrick Lynch - independent Lincoln Chafee, Moderate Ken Block and Republicans John Robitaille and Victor Moffitt.
They are vying to replace Republican Don Carcieri, who is term limited.