PROVIDENCE, R.I. – More than 60 people attended a House Labor Committee meeting yesterday to debate illegal immigration. The focal point was a bill to restore former governor Don Carcieri's executive order on immigration.
Tea Party and Rhode Island Statewide Coalition members were among those backing stronger efforts to curb illegal immigration.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee says his administration is keeping a watchful eye on potential casino developments in Massachusetts but stopping short of endorsing a plan to allow table games at Twin River in Lincoln.
Chafee spokesman Mike Trainor says the concern is that a Bay State casino could take revenue away from Rhode Island.
Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee ushered in a new philosophy for bringing jobs to the Ocean State as he chaired his first meeting of the state's Economic Development Corporation yesterday.
Chafee says like any business or sports team that's in trouble, Rhode Island needs to focus on the basics and away from bigger projects like the EDC's $75 million loan to video game developer 38 Studios.
"The football analogy would be, you block and tackle before you do the Hail Mary and the Statue of Liberty play," he says.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Supporters of a push to bring the America's Cup sailing race back to Newport say a new study shows the international competition could have a $1.1 billion impact on the state. The announcement came Wednesday, two days before the deadline to select the next host city for the final leg of the race in 2013.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A spokesman for Rhode Island Gov.-elect Lincoln Chafee says Chafee and representatives of the Golden Gate Yacht Club all agree that Newport is the "natural home for the America's Cup."
Chafee met privately Thursday with team representatives and with Keith Stokes, head of the state's Economic Development Corp.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Faith leaders in the state are calling on the religious community, businesses and philanthropists to help address what they say is a shortfall in the number of beds available at emergency shelters.
Rev. Don Anderson, of the State Council of Churches, says people of faith should make donation at their local place of worship or to the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.