Providence, RI – Fitch Ratings has downgraded Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation's general airport bonds to A- from A.
In a released statement, Fitch says the downgrade to A- is based on a declining number of passengers going through TF Green airport, saying the airport expects to see the same passenger level this year as it did back in 1997.
Fitch also cited Southwest Airline's expanded service to Boston-Logan International as another reason for the rating downgrade.
Providence, R.I. – The words "Our Heavenly Father" will remain on the wall of the Cranston High School West auditorium, at least for now. School officials have delayed making a decision about what to do with the sign, which has generated a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union.
Taunton, Mass. – Firefighters in Taunton are battling a blaze at City Hall.
The building has been evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The Taunton Gazette reported that smoke was seen billowing from the top floor of the historic building, which was originally constructed in the 1840s.
Mayor Charles Crowley told WBZ-AM in Boston that the fire started Tuesday on the second floor before the building was officially open for the day and spread to the third floor.
There was no immediate word on the cause of the blaze.
Providence, R.I. – State education officials learned Monday they will get nearly $2.4 million from the Obama Administration to start more charter schools in Rhode Island. By September there will be 15 charter schools operating in the state. The goal is to significantly increase that number over the next three years, particularly in urban districts.
Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island school district is doing away with the time-honored tradition of recess.
Beginning in the fall, East Providence elementary school students will not be given 10 minutes before or after lunch to play.
But school officials say the change might actually help them to keep students more physically fit. Superintendent Mario Cirillo says the schools are partnering with the YMCA to design a more comprehensive physical education program that will keep students active, even without recess.
Providence, R.I. – Way back in the 1950s rock n roll was moving in; some would say taking over. There are many tales from those days but few as compelling as the one told in "Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story" now at the Courthouse Center for the Arts in West Kingston. Bill Gale has tour review.
Providence, R.I. – State Republican Chairman Giovanni Cicione yesterday unveiled a new effort to challenge the dominance of General Assembly Democrats.
Looking to brand themselves, Republicans rolled out what they're calling "Rhode Island Clean Slate." It's meant to supplement the individual efforts of about 100 Republican and independent legislative candidates. Related bus ads and radio spots are set to start this week.
Providence, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch says he will dismiss charges against Philip Markoff, the man suspected of assaulting and robbing a couple at a Warwick motel last year.
Markoff is thought to have killed himself at the Nashua Street jail in Boston over the weekend. The Boston Herald, quoting anonymous sources, says Markoff used a pen to cut his arteries and covered his head with a plastic bag.
He was charged in Massachusetts with killing a masseuse he met through Craigslist.