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Pearson vows to focus on business climate

January 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE – Freshman Sen. Ryan Pearson, a Cumberland-Lincoln Democrat, described a series of visits he made to businesses and agencies last week as part of a campaign promise he made to focus on economic development and improving the state’s business climate.
He took tours of the Blackstone Valley Community Health Center (BVCHC), Twin River, the Quonset Development Corporation (QDC) and the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).

Manville Hill Road bridge to reopen next month

January 4, 2013

LINCOLN – Structural concerns over the Manville Hill Road Bridge have blocked off a major travel route between Lincoln and Cumberland — but hopefully not for long.
Bryan Lucier, a spokesman for the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, said Thursday that plans are in the works to open the bridge as soon as next month, even if that is only a temporary solution to the bridge concerns.
“What we are doing is putting out an emergency contract to make repairs to the bridge,” Lucier said.

Grand jury exonerates police officers

January 4, 2013

WOONSOCKET — A Providence County grand jury has determined that city police officers broke no law last spring when they engaged in a high-speed motor vehicle chase in pursuit of Anthony Lescarbeau, who died in an ensuing crash.
The grand jury completed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Lescarbeau’s death Thursday, concluding that “the actions of the officers were legally justified,” Attorney General Peter Kilmartin’s office said in a statement.

Picard named chairman of Senate Corporations Committee

January 4, 2013

PROVIDENCE — Woonsocket Sen. Roger A. Picard has been named chairman of the powerful Senate Corporations Committee after serving on that body for only four years, starting the year after he arrived in the Senate from the House of Representatives.
Formerly the vice chairman of the panel, Picard succeeds Cranston Sen. Joshua Miller, who was named chairman of the Committee on Health and Human Services.
The Corporations Committee considers legislation and matters relating to financial institutions, business regulation, property and casualty insurance, technology and telecommunications.

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