Friday, March 22, 2013
Governor's Workforce Board awards grant to groom employees for local jobs.
Connecting for Children and Families (CCF) has received a $168,366 Innovative Partnership grant from the Governor’s Workforce Board to train 60 people in their Culinary Arts Program. The grant will help promote and support partnerships between employers and training and education providers so job seekers have the skills, training and support they need to meet employer demand. “We are thrilled to receive an Innovative Partnership award. Providing these training programs prepares adults with the technical knowledge, as well as the job readiness skills, that employers have identified as basic competencies they look for in a potential employee," said CCF Executive Director Terese Curtin. The CCF Innovative Partnership grant creates a formal…
Monday, January 14, 2013
Accused murderer will now face death penalty in federal court.
The US Supreme Court has denied Gov. Lincoln Chafee's bid to appeal the court ruling placing accused murderer Jason Pleau in federal custody. The decision was announced in a release this morning from United States Attorney Peter F. Neronha. "I am obviously pleased with the decision of the United States Supreme Court not to review the First Circuit’s entirely correct ruling requiring the State of Rhode Island to surrender custody of Mr. Pleau to the United States for trial in federal court. As we have been since September of 2010, we are prepared to move ahead with this case immediately and without delay,” Neronha said. Scoutusblog.com also briefly reported the denial. The site notes the Supreme Court does not issue statements on its …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
Washington DC lawyer taking on case for free.
This week Gov. Lincoln Chafee made good on his pledge to appeal a May court decision forcing the state to turn over accused murderer Jason Pleau to federal authorities to the US Supreme Court, using the volunteered services of a Washington DC lawyer. Since the May ruling, Pleau has remained in federal custody under the keep of the US Marshal Service in Providence, said Jim Martin, public information officer for US Attorney Peter F. Neronha. Pleau has been the subject of a struggle between federal authorities and Chafee for nearly a year because he could face the death penalty in federal court. He is charged with the murder of David Main during a night deposit robbery at Citizen's Bank in 2010. On Tuesday, Chafee's office announced a …
Monday, May 7, 2012
First Circuit Court of Appeals rules against Governor in state's rights contest.
The U.S First Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston has ruled Gov. Lincoln Chafee must turn accused murderer Jason Pleau over to federal authorities. Pleau, who has been the subject of a custody struggle between federal authorities and Chafee, could face the death penalty in federal court. In state court, Pleau would face a maximum sentence of life in prison. The governor has refused to turn Pleau over to federal authorities for the last 10 months, invoking Rhode Island's long-standing objection to the death penalty and the state's sovereignty. This afternoon, the Governor's office released a brief statement on the decision: "I am in the process of reviewing the en banc opinion issued today. As predicted, this was a close vote. Given the …
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Release: Governor asks Woonsocket's small businesses how he can help them grow.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
In his continuing effort to address the fiscal challenges of Rhode Island’s cities and towns, Governor Lincoln Chafee, in conjunction with the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation (RIEDC), City of Woonsocket, the Small Business Administration (SBA), and municipal leaders, will host a community forum to hear from local small businesses and discuss ways to help them succeed, grow the economy, and create jobs for Rhode Islanders. The Governor will be joined at the forum by Mayor Leo T. Fontaine and municipal leaders from Woonsocket as well as representatives of the RIEDC and SBA. Governor Chafee believes that small businesses are the backbone of Rhode Island communities and that their success will be a key factor in the …
Thursday, February 2, 2012
A state Senator has filed a bill to allow executions for first-degree murder
More than 160 years have passed since Rhode Island last executed a criminal, but a 2010 murder on the streets of Woonsocket now has some pushing to bring back the death penalty. State Sen. John Tassoni has filed a bill to reinstate the death penalty for first degree murder, a move he says will discourage violent crime and deliver justice to victims' families. He also has plans to file a bill that would put the death penalty question on the ballot. "What we have now isn't working," said Tassoni, a Democrat who represents Smithfield and North Smithfield. "Right now this country is upside down. There are too many people with no morals, no respect. Will the governor sign it? No, I don't think so. Do we have the two-thirds to override that? …
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Release: Governors ask USDEA to consider allowing marijuana to be prescribed for medical use.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Chafee and Washington Governor Chris Gregoire announced today that they have filed a petition with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration asking the agency to reclassify marijuana as a Schedule II drug, which would allow its use for medical treatment if prescribed by a doctor. The petition would require the Federal Drug Administration to conduct a new scientific review and analysis of recent advances in Cannabis research since the last time the FDA reviewed the matter in 2006. Although 16 states have passed laws allowing for limited use of medical marijuana, on the federal level, the drug is still considered illegal. Chafee halted plans to create three distribution centers in the state last month after …
Monday, October 3, 2011
Do you agree that the Dream Act will help to boost the Rhode Island economy?
Welcome to this week's watercooler question of the week, a Woonsocket Patch feature that allows you to weigh in on a subject that affects Woonsocket and how we live in this great city. At the urging of Gov. Lincoln Chafee the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education unanimously approved in-state tuition for undocumented residents who have lived in the state for three years and attended high school, or received a GED. Chafee said he believes it will allow more Rhode Islanders to attend college and help build a stronger workforce and boost an economy that is one of the nation's most troubled. Do you agree with Chafee's stance on this issue? Do you believe this will be a boost to the Rhode Island economy? Do you feel this decision…
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Gov. Lincoln Chafee urged residents to continue preparing for the worst as the strong tropical storm nears.
While Hurricane Irene has weakened as it approaches the New England coast, it is still a strong, potentially dangerous storm that commands respect. Gov. Lincoln Chafee thanked residents for their preparation so far and urged them to continue to prepare for the worst as the storm draws near. "In the event the storm gathers strength, it's best to be prepared and not take any risks," Chafee said during a press briefing at the Emergency Management Agency in Cranston Saturday evening. "I am very, very impressed with the preparation of our citizens in advance of Hurricane Irene. We have some good news that it is weakening, but it still is a major, major, significant event." Forecasters at the National Weather Service are predicting that …