The state’s Department of Transportation is broke according to Robert Rocchio, its managing engineer for traffic design. The funding shortages have allowed some of the state’s most dangerous intersections to go without repair for several years. The department has also fallen behind on responsibilities such as bridge repair, which prompted Governor Lincoln Chafee ’75 P’14 to petition the federal government for permission to collect tolls on Route 95. Rocchio said the department has succeeded in making some small improvements to reduce crashes in some intersections, but said major construction on problematic intersections faces significant economic and time difficulties.
63 percent of state voters support a “complete overhaul” of the state’s current failing pension system, according to a poll administered by Engage Rhode Island, a coalition of businesses, trade associations and social service agencies. The questions in the poll, completed by 450 “likely” voters, have yet to be released by the group.
A jury found South Kingston resident Kimberly Fry guilty of second-degree murder yesterday, after being accused of killing her 8-year-old daughter Camden in the summer of 2009. Fry’s estranged husband, Timothy, testified that his wife had admitted to sitting on Camden and putting her hands on her mouth in an effort to calm her down after a tantrum. Her defense argued her daughter’s death was an accident and emphasized Fry’s struggles with depression and suicidal tendencies. Fry faces 10 years to life in prison with possibility of parole after 20 years.