PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee denies that the state Economic Development Corporation is suffering from a lack of leadership.
A new director for the EDC isn't expected until after a review of the agency is completed. The EDC's chief financial officer is leaving her job, and the corporation has a number of vacancies on its board.
Chafee says he inherited many of the EDC's problems. "Well, we're going through a transition, but there's no vacuum of leadership. We have a quorum. We can still do business."
PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Narragansett Indian tribe wants to meet with state leaders to discuss how they've been left out of the move toward increased gambling.
Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he believes state officials have discriminated against his tribe. He points to how the state is focusing its efforts on adding table games at Twin River and Newport Grand.
PROVIDENCE, RI – While schools around the state look for ways to increase their use of technology, some parents are paying thousands of dollars to send their children to a private school with no computers in the classroom at all. The Meadowbrook Waldorf School in West Kingston is part of a large network around the globe.
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PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee says there needs to be a thorough review of how the Economic Development Corporation monitored the 75 million dollar loan guarantee to 38 Studios. But Chafee won't commit to a specific timetable for that review.
Chafee tells RIPR's Ian Donnis, that Chafee wants a review to examine why the state invested in 38 Studios. He says the review should also look at how the EDC kept track of the 75 million dollar loan guaranty.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The wind turbines at Field's Point continue to stand like statutes. But crews are working to have them spinning by the end of the summer.
The project is about 87-percent complete right now. Or so says the Narragansett Bay Commission. It operates the Field's Point Wastewater Treatment Facility. And it's come under scrutiny for the giant, inert white blades looming over the bay.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The Tall Ships leave Newport today in grand style. 14 ships will muster at noon at Castle Hill to begin the procession at sea.
One of the crew for the event is Jerry Wiegand. He's aboard a ship from the Philadelphia Maritime Museum, The Gazela. He's enjoyed his stay in Newport saying, "Seamen's church is right here. They've got breakfast, washing machines, important stuff, library, the whole thing."
PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of Rhode Island's Department of Labor and Training says the unemployment rate among Rhode Islanders in general and Hispanics in particular is far too high. Charles Fogarty was reacting to a new report that shows the Providence metropolitan area has the highest rate of unemployment among Latinos in the country.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Warwick and Providence have recently reached new contracts with their municipal unions. But a lobbyist representing cities and towns says they still need more legal help from the state to level the playing field against public sector employees.
The General Assembly this year ignored most of Governor Lincoln Chafee's legislative package to give cities and towns more clout.