Former Secretary of State and public television executive Susan Farmer has died after a long fight with cancer.
Farmer became the first woman elected to statewide office when she won an election for secretary of state in 1982. Former Providence Journal political columnist M. Charles Bakst said Farmer was the leader in a wave of GOP women winning political office.
The Federal Aviation Administration has some questions for a helicopter pilot who allowed some of his passengers to fire guns from the chopper Sunday. It happened in a rural area of Charlestown.
Late Sunday afternoon, Charlestown police received calls about men shooting handguns, shotguns and rifles from a helicopter. They were firing at a junked car. Charlestown Police Chief Jeffrey Allen calls it reckless behavior that frightened people on the ground.
A University of Rhode Island economics professor who tracks the state’s economy every month finds it was in good shape for the month of July.
Professor Leonard Lardaro says nine of 12 indicators he tracks are in positive territory. The only lagging indicators are government employment, the size of the labor force and new claims for unemployment.
Overall, Lardaro said we’re heading into the second half of the year in a fairly strong position.
The first recovery center in the state’s Adult Correctional Institute is now open. The Anchor Recovery Drydock is in the women’s facility and will provide female inmates with treatment inside the ACI and resources for when they get out. The Providence Center’s CEO Dale Klatzker said having a recovery support network is key to staying sober and out of prison.
“All the treatment in the world isn’t going to make a difference if you aren’t also able to sustain your sobriety,” said Klatzker. “If you’re in an environment where all the pressures are on you or to use and abuse drugs.”
The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is keeping up the heat in its opposition to the NECAP test as a requirement for high school graduation. The ACLU has filed a third legal action against what it calls a lack of process in retaining the controversial test.
For the third time in less than two months, the ACLU of Rhode Island has taken legal action against the state Board of Education for violating open government laws in dealing with the NECAP test.
Roger Williams University is reporting success with a new marketing tool. The tuition guarantee program takes the guesswork out of going to college.
Roger Williams University now offers all students a tuition guarantee. It’s an assurance that tuition will remain the same for all four years of an undergraduate’s education, provided the student stays enrolled continuously. University president Donald Farish said it’s not only increased the quality and size of their freshman class, but has boosted the freshman to sophomore retention rate from 78 to 84 percent.
Backers of a plastic bag ban have been busy collecting petition signatures this summer. Environment Rhode Island says it has amassed ten thousand signatures urging the General Assembly to take up the issue once again.
Rhode Island would have become the first state in the country to ban plastic grocery bags under a bill that died in the last legislative session. Channing Jones of Environment Rhode Island says they are not deterred by their out-of-the-gate loss.
A Sunday deadline has come and gone to remove objects from the site of the Station Nightclub fire where 100 people died in a fire ten years ago. The land is being readied for transformation into a memorial park and all objects left after Sunday will be buried in a time capsule.
Patricia Belanger retrieved a cross, a poster and a toy from the makeshift memorial honoring her daughter, Dina DeMaio, who died in the Station nightclub fire.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.
This week, Dave and Mark sit down with RI Public Expenditure Council Executive Director John Simmons.