Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's highest court has rejected a bid for freedom from a woman acquitted by reason of insanity in the arson killing of her 12-year-old daughter.
Tonya Fuller-Balletta was accused of trapping the girl by locking the doors to her house and setting it ablaze. A judge found her legally insane and not guilty of murder and arson charges in 2007, confining her to the state psychiatric hospital.
The state Supreme Court said Thursday that Fuller-Balletta remains too dangerous to be released into the community.
Providence, R.I. – Governor Don Carcieri has vetoed a bill establishing the post of Historian Laureate of Rhode Island.
He claimed that the criteria for appointment are inadequate, that the title is unnecessary and that the position puts too much value on one historian's perspective to the exclusion of others.
He also said that the governor, and not the Secretary of State, should have the power to choose who fills the post. He released a statement yesterday urging Rhode Island's representatives to support his veto.
Boston, MA – Massachusetts has closed a $100 million deal that includes the purchase of nearly 40 miles of rail lines as part of a plan to build a commuter rail link from Boston to Fall River and New Bedford.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick said that construction on the commuter rail, not expected to be completed for another six or seven years, will begin this summer with refurbishing of several freight bridges in the New Bedford area.
That work is expected to create between 200 and 300 jobs and should be completed by early 2012.
Providence, R.I. – A lawyer for Central Falls says he's willing to accept a state-appointed receiver to oversee the city's finances.
The lawyer, Joseph Larisa, said earlier this week that he planned to challenge the state's efforts to move the city out of judicial receivership and onto a separate path of state oversight for financially troubled cities.
Central Falls last month was appointed a temporary receiver by a judge. But a new law prohibits cities and towns from seeking judicial receivership and instead offers a three-tier track with a state receiver.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island is not out of the recession but we're close. That's according to University of Rhode Island Economist Len Lardaro.
On a scale of one to 100, with zero being a moribund economy and 100 representing robust growth, Rhode Island is at a "50", up from 8 a year ago. This, according to the Current Conditions Index, a rating based on a dozen economic factors developed by University of Rhode Island economics professor Len Lardaro.
Providence, R.I. – Governor Carcieri has some concerns about the casino legislation passed last week by the General Assembly.
Carcieri spokeswoman Amy Kempe says a review of the legislation by the governor and his staff will continue today.
"The governor does have some concerns," Kempe says. Most notably that the legislation mandates the city of Newport to put the question on the ballot in November despite the opposition of the city council."
Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island attorney general's office is warning consumers about a scam in which the con artist identifies himself as a law enforcement officer.
Scam artists have been calling Rhode Islanders saying they're law enforcement officers attempting to collect a debt. In some cases the debt is an Internet payday loan that was either repaid or never taken out.