Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island lawmakers have gone for the summer, leaving behind a plan to balance the budget and run state government through the next fiscal year. Governor Carcieri and many of the Democrats who control the General Assembly are taking credit for cutting the size of state government and holding the line on taxes. But WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay says there's another side to this story.
Providence, R.I. – A dispute that would have prevented around 24,000 Rhode Islanders from filling their prescriptions at Walgreen's pharmacies has been resolved. Woonsocket based CVS/Caremark and Walgreen's companies announced today that they have reached a new contract agreement.
Mansfield, Mass. – The commander of the Massachusetts State Police says a veteran trooper working an overnight construction detail has died after being struck by a suspected drunken driver.
Superintendent Marian McGovern says Sgt. Doug Weddleton was out of his cruiser on Interstate 95 north in Mansfield after pulling over a car that tried to enter a closed ramp at about 1:30 a.m. Friday when a second vehicle struck him.
He was taken to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro where he was pronounced dead.
Cranston, R.I. – A biofuel technology company is looking to open what it says will be a one-of-a-kind clean energy production facility in Rhode Island.
Tomorrow Biofuels hopes to launch the location in Cranston this fall, according to a company press release. The release explained that the facility will use carbon emissions from a nearby power-plant to "feed" fast-growing algae that can eventually produce clean biofuel.
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.