Providence, R.I. – This week, Central Falls became the first Rhode Island municipality to be effectively taken over by a state appointed receiver. WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis and Morning Edition Host Bob Seay breakdown how this happened and what comes next.
Providence, R.I. – Island Moving Company last scored with "Dracula" an amusing and sometimes scary production in a Newport mansion. Now the dance company has brought a few good friends to the City by the Sea. Bill Gale has this review.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Great Friends Dance Festival continues through Sunday night at the Friends Meeting House in Newport. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.
Providence, R.I. – The former president of Roger Williams Medical Center may be headed to prison soon. A federal appeals court has affirmed his corruption conviction.
Attorneys for Robert Urciuoli challenged his corruption conviction on the grounds that the judge gave improper instructions to the jury. But the first U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected that argument and upheld his convictions of conspiracy and mail fraud for buying the influence of former state Sen. John Celona.
Providence, R.I. – The new legislation which allowed a former judge to demote the mayor of Central Falls and take control of the city may be unconstitutional. The law, which was passed by the General Assembly in June, gives the state broad power to intervene when a city or town faces bankruptcy. In extreme cases, the state may appoint a receiver to assume power. Steven Brown of the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union says the law violates the city's right to elect its own governing officials.
Providene, R.I. – Supporters of Arizona's new illegal immigration law have cited Rhode Island as a state where police have carried out comparably tough enforcement without a court challenge from the Obama administration.
But in Rhode Island, both sides of the debate agree that the executive order issued by Governor Don Carcieri in 2008 is far less sweeping than the Arizona law, which takes effect this month.
Providence, R.I. – Former lead paint companies are continuing a decade-long battle against the state.
They're appealing a Superior Court decision in May that said Rhode Island didn't need to reimburse them for the cost of defending themselves against a state lawsuit. A jury decided in 2006 that three of these companies had to fund the removal of lead paint from 300,000 homes in the state, but the Rhode Island Supreme Court revoked that verdict in 2008.