The Central Coventry Fire district’s union says it’s still willing to negotiate even though the district has filed for bankruptcy.
The governor’s office announced Tuesday a chapter 9 bankruptcy after months of receivership. Head of the firefighters’ union David Gorman says the bankruptcy will hurt the town of Coventry. “I still maintain that the governor’s bankruptcy plan will jeopardize public safety even further than we’re at today. We’re down just 31 firefighters from 52,” said Gorman. He added that the firefighters have also downsized from five stations to two.
Rhode Island is in for a wet Christmas. And, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, unseasonably warm weather.
The National Weather Service predicts temperatures could hit the upper fifties on Christmas Eve. There won’t be any snow, but the state can still expect precipitation in the form of heavy rain into Christmas Day. National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said temperatures could reach near-record highs. “Normal highs usually run around forty degrees so for the next three days we can expect unseasonable warmth,” said Buttrick.
Nearly 100 million people are expected to travel fifty miles or more this holiday season. Some four million of those will be New Englanders.
That’s up four percent from last year according to AAA. The organization reports the uptick is due to an extended holiday season, December 23 through January 4, as well as a steadily improving economy according to AAA spokesman Lloyd Albert. “Well I think we’ve been seeing such depressed travel volumes over the past three or four years, that this year we’ve been seeing a very significant uptick.”
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week, Dave and Mark talk with Cheryl Merchant, President and CEO of Hope Global in Cumberland. They discus Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s economic summit this week: the ideas and expectations from the business community.
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Five European companies are looking to set up shop in Rhode Island. Gov. Lincoln Chafee said the announcement is part of an economic tide rolling in to Rhode Island.
At an announcement at the Statehouse, the five companies said they have plans to put down stakes here. SCORE, an encryption technology firm, will locate a data processing center. REIOS designs efficient lighting systems and will build an assembly plant. Italian restaurant chain Galivm will open at least one location. And Furniture maker Monaghan Brothers out of Ireland said it will open a show room.
A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Secretary of State’s office improperly used the courts to investigate a lobbyist for 38 Studios.
Scott Judge Daniel Procaccini ruled that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and his lawyer misused the courts when looking into whether Michael Corso was registered with the state while lobbying for the failed video game company.
How did Mollis misuse the courts in the judge’s view? Here to join us with more is Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay