Providence, R.I. – We resume our series of interviews with candidates for political office in Rhode Island. Today: the second Congressional District and incumbent Congressman James Langevin.
A Warwick Democrat, the 46-year old Langevin is seeking his sixth term in the House. Langevin is a member of the Armed Services Committee and a graduate of Rhode Island College and Harvard University. He's also served as a state representative and Rhode Island secretary of state.
Providence, R.I. – The U.S. Senate is back to work following a week long vacation and some unfinished business awaits their action. That's the business of extending unemployment benefits for another six months.
More than two million people have had their benefits cut off in the six weeks since lawmakers began debating the bill. And for some in Rhode Island the situation is becoming desperate. WRNI's Flo Jonic introduces us to one such woman.
Providence, R.I. – Advocates for the prevention of domestic violence warn the state is on pace to see the highest number of domestic violence deaths ever record in a single year.
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence says seven people have died as a result of domestic violence so far this year. The group says if that pace continues, it will surpass all previous yearly totals since it began keeping records 30 years ago.
Providence, R.I. – Despite the state's deep fiscal crisis, a Republican candidate for governor says military veterans and senior citizens deserve a tax break. John Robitaille, who is himself a former army captain, told a group of veterans last week that the state doesn't do enough to help veterans and senior citizens.
Providence, R.I. – Democrat Bill Lynch said Monday he would propose limiting members of Congress to 12 years in office if elected to the House of Representatives this fall.
Lynch, one of four Democrats vying to replace outgoing Rep. Patrick Kennedy in Congress, said lawmakers will be better motivated to help their constituents if they know they have only a limited time in Washington. He said career politicians can become complacent and especially vulnerable to the influences of lobbyists and special interests.
Providence, R.I. – A pleasure boat overturned this morning near the Sakonnet Lighthouse, but all seven people on board were rescued without injury. It happened around 10 a.m.
A good Samaritan in a kayak pulled two of the victims out of the water before radioing the Coast Guard for help. The Coast Guard boat couldn't get close enough to the capsized vessel so a crew from the Middletown Fire and Rescue Unit rescued three people from the rocks and two from the water.
Providence, R.I. – New state and federal laws require that non-exempt recreational fishermen either purchase a Rhode Island fishing license or register with a national registry before they can cast their lines in saltwater this year.
The registration and licensure are part of a program to get more information on ocean wildlife in the state, says Bob Ballou of the Division of Fish and Wildlife for the Department of Environmental Management.