PROVIDENCE, RI – About 100 RIPTA bus drivers and managers rallied at Kennedy Plaza Tuesday morning to protest a proposed 30 percent cut in federal funding. Paul Harrington, president of the Amalgamated Transit Union says the cut would be a disaster for the already cash-strapped agency.
PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he's confident the military has taken the necessary steps ensure a smooth transition as the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy fades into history Tuesday. The 18-year-old law banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.
PROVIDENCE, RI – People who earn the median salary in Rhode Island - about $54,000 a year - can afford to buy homes in only nine of the state's 39 communities. The information comes from Housing Works RI, which is out with its annual Fact Book. Housing Works director Nellie Gorbea says affordable housing is unavailable to tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders.
PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox and other lawmakers are calling for the resignation of Representative Dan Gordon following revelations about Gordon's criminal record.
State police arrested Gordon over the weekend on a charge of operating a car with a suspended license. It was later revealed Gordon had served prison time in Massachusetts for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. He also has a record of driving infractions in the Bay State.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The deputy executive director of one of the state's largest teachers' unions was convicted Monday of cyber-stalking a former state representative.
District Court Judge Stephen Isherwood rejected arguments that John Leidecker had exercised a constitutionally protected form of free speech. Isherwood said e-mails sent by Leidecker under a fictitious persona to former Bristol rep Douglas Gablinske were harassment.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is on track to make the first interest payment on a federal loan to keep unemployment checks rolling. Over the last two years, the state's borrowed nearly $340 million.
For nearly three years, Rhode Island has had one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. So when the till ran dry back in March of 2009, the state borrowed from Uncle Sam to keep unemployment checks coming.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Community Forum: The Future of Offshore Wind Energy in RI
Moderated by Rhode Island Public Radio News Director Catherine Welch, the forum engaged experts and community leaders in a discussion about the impact of offshore wind energy on Rhode Island's economy, energy rates, and the environment.