Providence – The field of candidates for governor in 2002 became clearer Wednesday, as Lieutenant Governor Charles Fogarty announced he would not run. Instead, Fogarty plans to seek re-election as lieutenant governor.
Fogarty said he made the decision based on financial calculations. He said his fundraising has been on pace and that he has received encouraging poll data. Fogarty noted though that two potential candidates, Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse and former State Senator Myrth York have considerable personal wealth.
Smashing a giant pumpkin, telling ghost stories on a haunted hay ride, or rescuing children lost in a corn maze. Those are just a few examples of a new development in farming.
Farmers in Rhode Island have found new ways to add value to their property and remain profitable. Many farmers now do more than just selling their apples, tomatoes, or milk to wholesalers. The change is uncomfortable for many farmers, who must now devote as much time to marketing and public relations as to working their land.
In the aftermath of September 11th, policy makers are trying to balance privacy and security. The effort to strike that balance is resulting in some surprising alliances. One example is the push for national identity cards. WRNI?s Jonathan Saltzman prepared this report:
Burrillville – In the small Pascoag Water District, residents are waiting for life to return to normal. The water supply there is contaminated with the gasoline additive methyl tertiary-butyl ether, also called MTBE. Residents have been advised not to drink or cook with the water. Many don't bathe with it either.
Some residents are reporting health symptoms that they suspect are linked to the water. State health officials say they do not believe there is any connection.
Department heads in Rhode Island are taking initial steps toward trying to make up an anticipated shortfall of between $80-million and $100-million dollars for this year. Governor Lincoln Almond issued an executive order Monday that limits all state agencies to only essential spending.
Providence – At Brown University, graduate students and school administrators are awaiting a federal decision that could change the relationship between graduate students and the school. They are waiting for a ruling from the National Labor Relations Board on whether an election should be held to determine if research and teaching assistants want union representation.
Providence – Governor Lincoln Almond and General Assembly leaders have agreed to look for ways to cut $80-million to $100-million dollars in stand spending in reaction to an apparent economic downturn in Rhode Island. At a meeting Thursday, they came to no agreement about how to make such cuts.
The amount to be cut is based on lower than expected income tax returns for the first quarter of the fiscal year and the assumption that sales tax revenues will be down in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
A Portsmouth man accused of mailing a hoax anthrax threat appeared in federal court in Providence Friday and was freed on $10,000 bail.
William Silvia, age 34, made no comment leaving the courthouse. He is accused of mailing a letter to a couple in Lincoln that contained talcum powder, but a note suggesting it was anthrax. Silvia faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $250,000, if convicted on the charge of sending a threatening communication through the mail.
Providence – Both sides expect tensions, when negotiations on a new contract for Providence teachers resume. Union leaders and Superintendent Diana Lam say the contract will determine the future of education reform in Providence.
Providence teachers overwhelmingly rejected a new three year contract that included 12.5 percent average raises over that time. They also took a vote of no confidence in School Superintendent Diana Lam. Effective immediately, teachers plan to accept no additional work as part of a work-to-rule strategy.