Providence, RI – Independent gubernatorial candidate Lincoln Chafee is criticizing Democratic rival Frank Caprio for helping direct a $25,000 legislative grant to a private school attended by his son.
Caprio was a state senator in 2000, when he helped steer the grant to the private French-American School of Rhode Island on Providence's East Side. Chafee's campaign says it was inappropriate for Caprio to help steer public funding to a private institution with what it calls "close personal ties to his family."
Providence, R.I. – U.S. Senator Jack Reed and Representative Jim Langevin are in Cranston Wednesday celebrating $4 million in federal grants for Rhode Island community health centers.
Comprehensive Community Action in Cranston will receive more than a million dollars to renovate its building, and East Bay Community Action will use its nearly $3 million to build a new facility in Newport.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have jumped 11 cents since last week and are up 16 cents in the last two weeks.
AAA Southern New England says in a weekly survey Tuesday that self-serve regular unleaded is now averaging $2.80 per gallon, or a penny below the national average. The average price in Rhode Island at the same time last year was $2.50.
AAA attributes the spike to a weakened U.S. dollar and an increase in global demand.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – An ethics complaint has been filed against the father of Democratic candidate for Rhode Island governor Frank T. Caprio, saying he improperly used his state position to help a campaign supporter get a job.
Sara Quinn, a former director of the state Ethics Commission, filed it Tuesday, a few weeks after The Providence Journal reported on the actions of Caprio's father, Municipal Court Judge Frank Caprio. The elder Caprio heads the Board of Governors for Higher Education.