WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – The owners of a nightclub where 96 people perished in a fast-moving fire denied giving a rock band permission to use the fireworks blamed for setting off the blaze, although the band's singer insisted the use of pyrotechnics was approved.
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch said Friday a criminal investigation was under way to determine if any charges should be filed in connection with the deadly inferno at The Station nightclub.
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island nightclub erupted into flames during a pyrotechnics display at a rock concert, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 150 as mobs of concertgoers frantically rushed to escape the raging fire.
At least 39 were confirmed dead, and the number was climbing rapidly as firefighters sifted through the rubble, West Warwick Town Manager Wolfgang Bauer said Friday morning.
Providence – A key supporter of the Heritage Harbor Museum of state history is withdrawing from the project, at a time of increasing concerns about its financial feasibility. Museum officials insist the decision by the Rhode Island Historical Society will not affect museum programs or its scheduled opening in late 2005.
WRNI – The number of national guardsmen and reserves being called up to fight a possible war with Iraq is swelling. Hundreds of them so far come from Rhode Island. The Department of Defense is considering a change in policy that would ease its reliance on reserve units. While some say the move will insure that reservists continue to re-enlist, others are doubtful the switch can happen without increasing the size of the military and its budget.
wrni – The leader of the Republican Party in Rhode Island is in line to become the next U.S. Attorney for Rhode Island. Senator Lincoln Chafee is recommending long time GOP activist Brad Gorham for the job.
Gorahm is a former state senator and state representative. He also ran unsucessfully for attorney general in 1990. He lives in Foster and operates a small law firm.
Goraham said his top priority would be fighting public corruption.
Providence – Governor Carcieri promised more jobs, better education, and a reduced budget deficit in his State of the State speech yesterday all without raising taxes. Although his plan is ambitious for a State facing a projected 200 million dollar budget deficit and tough economic times, Carcieri is confident that such investments now will improve the lives of Rhode Islanders in the future.
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.