Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Almond's final state budget contains no major spending cuts, but no major increases either. The governor submitted a $5.3 billion dollars spending plan Wednesday. That is less than 1% more than the budget enacted for the current fiscal year.
Providence, RI – With the usual pomp and circumstance, Governor Lincoln Almond delivered his final State of the State address Wednesday night. Almond said he anticipates a quick economic recovery and stress the importance of maintaining a competitive business environment, while also protecting low income children.
West Warwick, RI – Governor Almond indicated in his State of the State address Wednesday night that he will propose new tax incentives to encourage redevelopment of abandoned, polluted parcels of land, known as brownfields. The state has been trying to encourage brownfield redevelopment since 1995, but with only limited success.
WRNI – Two state lawmakers are proposing sweeping changes in state laws about public school education.
Their bill would create tighter state regulations about what time schools start and end the day and the minimum age for beginning and finishing school. It would also create a maximum class size for each grade and for some subjects.
New Orleans, LA – New England stunned heavily favored St. Louis 20-17 when Adam Vinatieri kicked a 48-yard game-winning field goal as time expired Sunday in a Super Bowl with an ultra-patriotic red, white and blue theme.
The winning kick set off raucous celebrations by the Patriots and capped a spectacular worst-to-first turnaround by a team that finished last in the AFC East in 2000.
Providence, RI – The corruption trial of Providence Mayor Vincent A. Cianci Jr. and five co-defendants in the Operation Plunderdome case will go forward, after a federal judge Thursday refused to dismiss any of the charges.