Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is receiving nearly $14 million in federal aid to prevent home foreclosures.
The funds were announced yesterday by the Obama administration and by the state's two U.S. senators, Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse.
The money is part of $3 billion in housing aid that the government is giving states with persistently high unemployment rates and to a new program being run by the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The funds aren't expected to be available until the fall.
Providence, RI – Democratic candidate for the First Congressional District, Anthony Gemma unvield his plan Wednesday to turn Rhode Island into a healthcare industry leader. At the event in Pawtucket, Gemma pledged to create 10,000 jobs in five years
With Slater Mill in the background, Gemma told the group of mostly reporters and supporters that if elected to Congress he would focus on turning Rhode Island into the nation's wellness capital.
Rhode Island – Often our instinct is to think of death as dark, macabre, even sinister. After all, death means loss and saying goodbye to the most precious people in our lives. But as Ed Martin notes, being intimately involved as a loved one departs from life as we know it can be a privilege as well, one that enriches our lives in ways we might not have imagined.
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.