Providence, R.I. – With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Carcieri brought the Block Island wind farm project one step closer to reality.
Carcieri has signed into law a bill that clarifies the General Assembly's original support for a demonstration sized wind farm off Block Island. The project had been jeopardized by the Public Utilities Commission, which deemed the 24-cent kilowatt hour price agreed upon too expensive for consideration.
Providence, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch is proposing that Rhode Island get rid of its two legislative chambers and switch to a unicameral legislature- a plan that's not getting any support from key lawmakers.
The Democrat is running for governor and announced his plan last week during the first gubernatorial debate.
Providence, R.I. – State transportation officials say the Union Avenue bridge over Route 10 in Providence is closing for two years starting next week for repairs.
The state Transportation Department says the 52-year-old bridge is structurally deficient and must be replaced.
The cost of the project is $8.1 million.
The bridge connects the city's West End and Silver Lake neighborhoods. Detour signs are being put up to guide motorists and pedestrians, and traffic signals are being upgraded to help deal with additional vehicles.
Providence, R.I. – Businessman and philanthropist Anthony Gemma this morning announced his Democratic campaign for the congressional seat held by Patrick Kennedy.
Gemma told supporters at a Providence Place movie theater that he wants to involve more people in shaping government decisions. He says Rhode Island's top state and federal officials should also hold "board" meetings to work together on major issues.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has signed legislation that would prohibit the state's cities and towns from entering judicial receivership.
The bill was prompted by Central Falls' decision last month to go into receivership. A judge appointed an outside lawyer, Jonathan Savage, to act as temporary receiver for the financially troubled city and gave him oversight of its finances.
Providence, R.I. – A judge has denied the federal government's request to be dismissed from a lawsuit over the death of an immigration detainee in Rhode Island.
Hiu Lui ``Jason'' Ng died of advanced liver cancer in August 2008 in the custody of the Donald W. Wyatt Detention Facility. A federal lawsuit filed by his widow accuses Wyatt staff of abusing and medically neglecting Ng, a Chinese computer engineer from New York who was detained for overstaying a visa.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri says he'll sign a bill that speeds regulatory oversight of a proposed wind farm off the coast of Block Island.
Carcieri says he'll sign the bill Tuesday. The legislation was approved by the General Assembly last week. The state Public Utilities Commission in March rejected a 20-year contract for Deepwater Wind to build an eight-turbine wind farm because it would cost ratepayers too much money.
Providence, R.I. – For many kids, a summer job is not only a way to earn some spending money, but also a way to stay out of trouble. But this summer could be a hot and boring one for thousands of Rhode Island kids who are struggling to find work. According to employment experts, the recession has taken a hit on the teenage summer jobs market.