Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced an agreement Monday to improve the condition of one of the worst funded municipal pensions in the state.
Fung says the deal will save Cranston $6.5 million in pension costs over the next fiscal year while solving a lingering problem.
“This issue has been an albatross over the city for decades, close to half a century, and this agreement shows the progress that can be made when all parties come together in a spirit of cooperation,” said Fung.
A bill has been introduced in the Rhode Island House to form a Freshman Caucus. It’s sponsored by newly elected Representative John Lombardi of Providence.
He says 21 percent of the chamber is now made up of either first-time elected officials or those returning after a hiatus. The new, he says, can sometimes get lost in the not-so-new.
As proposed in the Lombardi bill, after the Freshman Caucus has served for two consecutive sessions it would be dissolved and a new Freshman Caucus would be formed from among the then newly-elected members.
It’s been a little over three weeks since Brown University philosophy major Sunil “Sunny” Tripathi disappeared. His family has posted an online video in hopes of reaching out to him.
The video, which will be posted on Facebook, contains messages of love from Sunny Tripathi’s family, who remain in Providence looking for him. The missing man’s brother, Ravi Tripathi, says the hope is that Sunny will see it and come home.
State police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a man who called the Warren Police Department two months ago threatening to kill a state trooper.
It happened on February 8th. A man called Warren police saying that a Rhode Island trooper would be assassinated within the next 72 hours. The caller was upset that police did not lodge criminal charges against the driver of a vehicle involved in an accident that claimed the life of a woman and her unborn child.
The call originated from a pay phone in Central Falls.
The pre-trial legal wrangling over accused killer Jason Pleau took on new dimensions Wednesday when his attorney told a federal judge the death penalty is unconstitutional and should be taken off the table in his case. Pleau is one of three people charged with the killing of Woonsocket gas station manager David Main in 2010.
Senator Jack Reed says he thinks background checks would be effective in curbing gun violence. TheNew York Times reports that opposition to background checks is holding back federal gun control legislation.
Reed says he hopes background checks stay in the bill. “You know if we can’t get the background checks through there’s not much we’re doing in response to one of the great tragedies of recent years,” says Reed.
The image of a Johnston, Rhode Island boy being cradled and kissed by Pope Francis has brought people around the world to tears. Now, his parents are speaking out about the extraordinary encounter.
It happened Easter morning after Mass. Among the thousands of people who thronged St. Peter’s Square to see newly installed Pope Francis, the pontiff chose to stop his Popemobile to hug eight-year-old Dominic Gondreau of Johnston.
A housing facility for disabled veterans will be dedicated Tuesday afternoon to a fallen Rhode Island Marine.
Seven years ago today, Marine Sgt. Brian St. Germain was riding in a truck across Iraq when it rolled over in a flash flood. The Rhode Island chapter of Operation Stand Down is honoring St. Germain’s life and service, by putting his name on its West Warwick facility for homeless and disabled veterans.
Operation Stand Down’s Tony DeQuattro says this is part of a push that started two years ago to rename all of their facilities after fallen troops.
It’s been a month since the so-called “sequestration” cuts went into effect, the $85 billion in slashed federal spending for the rest of 2013. Although the Defense Department will shoulder half the cuts, the Rhode Island National Guard says it has heard of no immediate changes. But the hammer’s coming down on social service programs.