Providence – Rhode Island Governor Donald Carcieri said he picked up several useful ideas from his first round of meetings with citizens. Carcieri hosted his first open door Thursday. He plans to meet with citizens on the final Thursday of each month.
"It worked very well I'm very happy. I want people to feel as though they can come in with whatever is on their mind. Some are very personal situations. There were two or three pretty good ideas," said Carcieri.
WRNI – Rhode Island higher education officials are proposing a new model to provide college education for urban youth. The effort would be a collaborative between the Community College of Rhode Island, the University of Rhode Island, and Rhode Island College. It would serve those who might not otherwise have the opportunity to earn bachelors degrees.
Cranston – Residents of Cranston would face an additional tax increase this year of nearly 13 percent, under a fiscal recovery plan unveiled Tuesday night by Mayor Stephen Laffey. That follows an 11.5 percent increase already enacted.
Laffey also proposes $11-million in spending cuts. He has not decided exactly where those cuts would be made. Laffey said he knew the cuts and tax increase would be difficult for all residents, even though that prior to this year property tax increases in Cranston had been the lowest in Rhode Island.
Providence – Donald Carcieri became governor of Rhode Island Tuesday with strong support from many sectors, including backers of his election rival.
"I'm excited. I think we've put together a good team and lets get on with it," said Governor Carcieri.
That means a separation of powers bill the governor planned to unveil before the end of the week and a legislative package including tax cuts to attract investment and businesses to Rhode Island. Carcieri also plans a reorganization of state government.
Providence – The Rhode Island Board of Regents is launching what it hopes will be fundamental changes at the state's public high schools. Regulations approved Thursday night include new literacy requirements for students of all ages who read below grade level.
The regulations begin with the premise that there are deep seated problems at Rhode Island's high schools. High drop-out rates, large, impersonal student bodies and an increasing number of graduates who need remedial college courses are just a few.
Warwick – After more than six years in prison former Warwick police officer Scott Hornoff says he has no bitterness. On Wednesday he scolded police, prosecutors, and media for lack of vigilance in his case. In particular he pointed to the police officers who investigated him. He wondered aloud if the two men who investigated him were promoted for his conviction.
Providence – Providence Mayor David Cicilline has chosen an outsider, Dean Esserman, as the new chief of police in Providence.
Esserman's last post as a police chief was in Stamford, CT. He has served as chief of the metro north railroad police, the assistant chief in New Haven, CT, and as a New York City prosecutor. He comes to Providence after a brief stint as a private consultant. He has a four year contract and will earn $138-thousand a year.
Warwick – A former Warwick police detective who spent more than six years in prison is now recognized as an innocent man. A judge Monday vacated the conviction of Jeffrey Scott Hornoff for the 1989 murder of Victoria Cushman and dismissed the charges against him. That's because another man pleaded guilty to the crime and is now serving a thirty year prison sentence.
Only days after pleading not guilty to second degree murder, Todd Barry returned to court to plead guilty as part of a deal with state prosecutors.