WOONSOCKET â€“ The federal stimulus package was supposed to save jobs, but in this city it's helped trigger a debate over trees growing along the meandering banks of the Blackstone River.
The Army Corps of Engineers says they must be chopped down and, in many cases, uprooted altogether to protect low-lying portions of the city from flooding. But some champions of recreational tourism and economic development say the government should rethink the plan.
PROVIDENCE â€“ After fielding the same questions theyâ€™ve by now heard at nearly 30 debates and forums, the four major candidates for governor have their answers polished to a point where a political consultant could see his/her face reflected in them.
Those answers were trotted out once again Thursday at Brown University in response to questions posed by political science Professor Marion Orr before a mostly student audience that filled one of the schoolâ€™s lecture halls.