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.
Providence, R.I. – As high schools around the state hold graduation ceremonies this month, many students and families are confronting the daunting task of paying for college. In a difficult economy, with rising college costs, a growing number of Rhode Islanders are choosing to state colleges instead of more costly out of state schools.
Providence, RI – Life is full of lovely surprises, and they're especially fun when we least expect them. Rita Lussier provides us with a delightful reminder of life's occasionally wondrous surprises.
Lussier's column, For the Moment, appears each Wednesday in The Providence Journal. Recently, she took first place in the 2010 Erma Bombeck writing competition, an honor she also won in 2006. Her essays have been featured as well in The Boston Globe.
Providence, R.I. – With the stroke of a pen, Gov. Carcieri brought the Block Island wind farm project one step closer to reality.
Carcieri has signed into law a bill that clarifies the General Assembly's original support for a demonstration sized wind farm off Block Island. The project had been jeopardized by the Public Utilities Commission, which deemed the 24-cent kilowatt hour price agreed upon too expensive for consideration.
Providence, R.I. – Attorney General Patrick Lynch is proposing that Rhode Island get rid of its two legislative chambers and switch to a unicameral legislature- a plan that's not getting any support from key lawmakers.
The Democrat is running for governor and announced his plan last week during the first gubernatorial debate.
Providence, R.I. – State transportation officials say the Union Avenue bridge over Route 10 in Providence is closing for two years starting next week for repairs.
The state Transportation Department says the 52-year-old bridge is structurally deficient and must be replaced.
The cost of the project is $8.1 million.
The bridge connects the city's West End and Silver Lake neighborhoods. Detour signs are being put up to guide motorists and pedestrians, and traffic signals are being upgraded to help deal with additional vehicles.
Providence, R.I. – Businessman and philanthropist Anthony Gemma this morning announced his Democratic campaign for the congressional seat held by Patrick Kennedy.
Gemma told supporters at a Providence Place movie theater that he wants to involve more people in shaping government decisions. He says Rhode Island's top state and federal officials should also hold "board" meetings to work together on major issues.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri has signed legislation that would prohibit the state's cities and towns from entering judicial receivership.
The bill was prompted by Central Falls' decision last month to go into receivership. A judge appointed an outside lawyer, Jonathan Savage, to act as temporary receiver for the financially troubled city and gave him oversight of its finances.