Providence, RI – On Smith Hill this week, Rhode Island lawmakers will continue their struggle to pass a supplemental spending plan after the Senate refused to approve the House version last week.
As Rhode Island's lawmakers wrestle with a red ink-stained budget, WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says there are many things you might think you know about the State House that are in fact untrue.
Providence, RI – Phillipe Lucas, with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia, imagines what many outsider might think is going on here at the Clinical conference on cannabis therapeutics.
"Something about free samples I'm sure, right?" he says.
Providence, RI – He has a laid back demeanor - with floppy black hair that hangs over his eyes. But Liebling opened the eyes of many on this campus to Simmons' membership on the board of Goldman Sachs, a company deeply implicated in the financial crisis.
Providence, RI – All of us have had people walk into our lives unexpectedly and, in ways we never anticipated, change our lives forever - the way we view the world, our most basic priorities, our sense of what really matters. Indeed, that's what happened to Cori Hughes.
Providence, RI – The final vote was preceded by hours of meandering debate. But in the end, House Democrats passed a spending plan that cuts state pension benefits, restores some car tax revenue for cities and towns, and makes about a three percent cut in state education aid. House Finance Chairman Steven Costantino called it another budget for tough times.
Providence, RI – "When we came in here it was very rough, so I've redone the kitchen and bathroom," says William Felkner, founder of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute, during a tour of his office. "I feel like I'm on a home network show. But that's pretty much the office."
Felkner founded OSPRI in 2007. Because of its improbable location, it quickly became associated with the name John Galt, a symbol of capitalist power in conservative icon Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged.
Providence, RI – So far, the Assembly has elected a new Speaker, Rep. Gordon Fox of Providence, and held a slew of hearings. Saints Patrick and Joseph have been toasted, the local basketball teams have been honored and several sessions were cancelled while half the state was under water.
Providence, RI – His letters to his parents during the six months he spent there form the basis of "Hidden Letters," a book written by his first cousin, Deborah Slier, who spoke at Providence's annual Holocaust Remembrance event a the Temple Emnauel yesterday.
"It is important to stand up and be counted," she said. "It is important to help your neighbor."