Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers say they will not come back to the State House to override Governor Carcieri's veto of a ballot question asking voters to authorize full scale casino gambling at Twin River and Newport Grand. The deadline for submitting statewide ballot questions came and went yesterday.
Providence, R.I. – Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says he's confident President Barack Obama will resubmit a stalled judicial nomination for the federal court in Rhode Island.
Whitehouse also says he's optimistic that Jack McConnell will ultimately win Senate approval. McConnell was approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee, but the full Senate adjourned without taking up the nomination.
Providence, RI – A divided Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission has approved a power-purchase agreement between National Grid and Deepwater Wind.
The approval is a key step for Deepwater's plan to build an eight-turbine wind farm off Block Island.
Commissioner Mary Bray was the lone dissenting vote on three of four conditions for approval. The increased price for electricity in the agreement - slightly more than 24 cents per kilowatt-hour - will hurt business, Bray says.
Providence, R.I. – Video games are far from child's play anymore. In Rhode Island, they're part of what some call a high stakes game aimed at bolstering a sector of the economy and generating well paying jobs. Last month the state Economic Development Corporation approved a $75 million loan guarantee to a video game development company founded by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling.
Providence, R.I. – Interviews begin today for a new chief justice to lead the Rhode Island Family Court. Several groups have recently criticized the court and its outgoing chief justice Jeremiah Jeremiah.
Jeremiah is the target of an ACLU lawsuit that alleges the court's truancy program violates due process rights for children and families. A report released earlier this year by the Coalition Against Domestic Violence also criticized the court.
Providence, R.I. – It's hard to believe but the summer theater season is on the way out. In Matunuck, Theatre by the Sea has opened its final musical, the British-born "The Full Monty." Bill Gale has the review.
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Full Monty continues at Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck through August 29th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.
Providence, R.I. – When she passed away two years ago at the age of 92, Eileen Slocum was known as Newport's last grand dame. Over the years, Slocum welcomed a sitting president, presidential candidates, billionaires and European royalty at he home at 459 Bellevue Ave.
Now a new film about her life, titled "Behind the Hedgerow," is set to debut at the Rhode Island International Film Festival. It's the second film by G. Wayne Miller, a longtime staff writer at The Providence Journal.
Providence, R.I. – A new report finds the largest amount of public spending in Rhode Island goes towards elementary and secondary education and vendor payments, primarily Medicaid and other health care programs.
According to the business-backed group Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council, or RIPEC, the two categories make up 60 percent of government spending in the Ocean State. The group says education and vendor payments represent the largest area of spending in most states.