RIPR – If we're blessed with good fortune, as we travel through life we become wiser and wiser as we learn from the people and the challenges we encounter along the way about things that matter - about the true meaning of friendship, for instance, or about what it means to really trust another person. And this sort of wisdom seems so very special when it comes out of the mouth of a 13-year-old, Lena Rich, who is already wise about what it means to be courageous.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee scrapped plans Tuesday to attend a National Governors Association meeting in Connecticut. The governor's office says the governor decided to work instead on a pension reform proposal.
Chafee and state Treasurer Gina Raimondo are expected to release their pension plan later this week or next week.
Chafee's office says the governor sees comprehensive pension overhaul as a key for returning Rhode Island to prosperity.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's economy is stalling. That's the finding of the latest economic index out of the University of Rhode Island.
URI Economics professor Len Lardaro says while the state's unemployment rate dropped in August, so did its labor force. Lardaro says Rhode Island has lost the momentum it gained at the beginning of the year. While Rhode Island isn't in a recession now, he worries that it could be in the future.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A Providence attorney is suing the multi-billion dollar "Flextronics Corporation," alleging the Singapore-based company cheated three Rhode Islanders out of overtime pay. And the case could grow to encompass hundreds of workers.
Until Verizon fired the Flextronics Corporation in June, Flextronics employees provided technical support at Verizon stores. A lawsuit filed in Federal District Court claims that three Flextronics supervisors were denied overtime pay in violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A Rhode Island Public Transit Agency driver has been critically injured after a crash in Warwick on Monday. Police say there were no passengers on the bus at the time of the accident. The 42-year-old driver apparently suffered a medical condition while he was behind the wheel, and crashed into a tree.
Police say they have found no sign that speed or alcohol was a factor in the crash. Investigators are withholding the driver's identity until his relatives are notified.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The swimmer thought to be missing in Narragansett waters has called the Coast Guard to say he's fine. The man was reported missing at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said he told a family on Narragansett Town Beach that he was going for a swim, but they did not see him return. Crews searched for nearly 18 hours and over about 70 square miles without finding the man. The Coast Guard reports the man says he exited the water at a different place than he entered.