PROVIDENCE, RI – The Chafee administration is backing a labor-supported amendment tucked into the pension law, even though Governor Lincoln Chafee wasn't familiar with the amendment when the bill passed.
State administration director Richard Licht answered questions about the amendment after Chafee signed the pension bill into law on Friday. Licht said it's meant to curb the state's use of contract employees by imposing a 5.5 percent assessment on outside contractors.
PROVIDENCE, RI – State Senator Elizabeth Crowley of Central Falls wants to know why the for-profit Wyatt Detention Center has failed to pay the city its $525,000 in annual payments.
Crowley sits on the special legislative panel probing into the detention center's finances. The panel will meet Monday evening at the Statehouse to quiz Wyatt's chief operating officer. Crowley said she has a number of questions needing answers.
PROVIDENCE, RI – This year marks the 150th anniversary of the start of the Civil War. The battle to preserve the union and end slavery claimed more than 600,000 lives; two thirds of them from disease. It was a war in which Rhode Island - a strong abolitionist state - more than held its own.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Four Brown students receive what Time magazine calls, "world's most prestigious scholarship," and National Guard troops come home... all on Rhode Island Public Radio's Morning Edition Podcast.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The National Bureau of Economic Research says the recession ended two years ago. But you'd never know it in Rhode Island where 19 percent of the population is either unemployed or underemployed. Hunger has hit a new record high.
According to the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, 60,000 Rhode Islanders use food banks at least once a month. That number is up 58% since the start of the recession. And even with that help, tens of thousands are unable to meet their basic food needs.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Four Brown University students were among several students at New England universities to be named Rhodes Scholars. Brianna Doherty, Nabeel Gillani, David Poritz and Emma LeBlanc will study next fall at Oxford University in England. The local scholars are part of 32 winners selected nationally from nearly 830 applicants. The postgraduate scholarships average nearly $50,000 per year.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Islanders pretty much always know where U.S. Sen. Jack Reed stands on issues. But RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has found a hot-button social issue on which Reed has been mum.
Jack Reed has long been Rhode Island's most respected political figure. Even in the anti-Washington and anti-incumbent swirl that has enveloped the nation's capitol, every Rhode Island public opinion survey for years has shown high job approval ratings for Reed.