Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse both voted in favor of a U.S. Senate bill that will extend federal unemployment benefits another 30 days. The bill passed the Senate 78-19; a similar bill has already won approval in the House.
Governor Carcieri has declared today “Spread the Word to End the Word Day” to raise awareness for the use of the word “retard” as an insult. There’s also a chance that the Rhode Island Department of Mental Health, Retardation and Hospitals will undergo a name change to remove “Retardation,” and all associated stigma, from the department’s name.
Oops! The state Department of Transportation got into a little trouble after a contractor tried to fix a sewer problem… by digging on a historic grave site. DOT has since apologized to the family; no word yet on whether any ghosts have showed up to exact vengeance.