Providence, R.I. – The House Finance Committee plans to vote today on a bill that would ask voters next November to approve casino gambling in Rhode Island.
Gambling is the state's third-largest source of revenue. So plans to create three resort-style casinos in Massachusetts have added fresh urgency to the casino issue here in Rhode Island - according to Gary Sasse, who used to be the state's revenue director.
Providence, R.I. – A Providence lawyer nominated to the federal bench continues to face opposition from the business community.
The latest jab at John J. McConnell Jr., President Barack Obama's pick for the U.S. District Court in Rhode Island, came in today's editorial in the Wall Street Journal condemning the former treasurer of the Rhode Island Democratic Party for being anti-business.
Coventry, R.I. – It turns out that tossing horseshoes isn't just a back yard activity, it's also a regulated sport, with a series of official tournaments around New England. WRNI's Megan Hall went to the Rhode Island Horse Shoe Pitchers Association in Coventry to hear from the experts and produced this audio postcard.
Providence, RI – The Massachusetts Senate just passed an Arizona-style crackdown on illegal immigrants. In Rhode Island, the General Assembly has been ensnared in a series of immigration jousts, most recently over a measure that would have forced virtually every business in the state to use federal electronic database to verify the citizenship status of all new hires.
Providence, R.I. – State Sen. John Tassoni could be known as Senator Humane. He's gotten legislation passed that requires the spaying and neutering of shelter pets and has abolished the use of gas in euthanizing pets. But he's having a tough time with another issue: the tethering of dogs outdoors.