Monday, February 25, 2013
A report released Sunday by Obama administration details extreme cuts to education and military spending the state would see if the federal government fails to prevent sequester.
Rhode Island would see nearly $40 million in federal funds cut from several programs if Congress fails to act this week to avoid sequester — an $85 billion federal spending cut, the Obama administration said Sunday. In a move designed to pressure Republicans into accepting new revenues as part of a deal to prevent the sequester from taking effect on Friday, the White House released reports that outlined how those cuts would impact individual states, The Huffington Post reported. In Rhode Island, education and military spending would take the greatest hit, the report reads. The state would lose $2.4 million in funding for primary and secondary education, putting around 30 teacher and teacher aide jobs at risk. Rhode Island also would lose …
Monday, May 14, 2012
Electric Boat's submarine production may be cut in half under new military spending plan.
Two congressmen are working to prevent cuts that would diminish funding for Virginia-class submarines built by General Dynamics Electric Boat. Congressmen James Lanvegin (D-RI) and Joe Courtney (D-CT) submitted draft legislation that would allow the company, with locations in both Groton, CT and North Kingstown, RI, to continue its two-boats-per-year production level in 2014. The military’s recently released Future Years Defense Program would cut submarine production from two to one for the U.S.Navy in fiscal 2014. In March, Langevin and Courtney wrote to the House Appropriations Defense Subcommittee to appeal the military’s plan and seek alternatives that “would sustain submarine construction at two a year in 2014 and through [the …
Monday, March 5, 2012
Construction on a submarine manufacturing building at Electric Boat at Quonset is now complete.
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
The Quonset-based submarine builder unveiled a new facility, which is expected to bring up to 500 new jobs to the area within the next two years.
Quonset's Electric Boat continues to inspire the confidence of federal officials, translating into jobs for Rhode Islanders and an increasingly positive impact on the state and local economy, according to EB President John Casey. The nuclear submarine builder intends to add 250 jobs in 2012 and up to 500 new positions — paying an average of $50,000 to $75,000 a year — within the next two years. Casey said the growth is thanks in part to a new 146,000 square-foot facility unveiled Tuesday. The building will be used in the construction of deck modules to house command and combat control computers aboard the U.S. Navy's Virigina class nuclear submarines. "It's going to be a major increase in Electric Boat's modular manufacturing and …
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
The following information was supplied by the North Kingstown Police Department. Where arrests or charges are mentioned, it does not indicate a conviction.
Two days after a North Kingstown man brought an envelope with a “white powdery substance” inside to the police department, officers arrived at his house to inspect more “suspicious packages.” On Dec. 5, the man brought a letter he had received from his sister in New York to police after discovering a white powdery substance inside. A member of the Rhode Island State Police and FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force tested the substance and was unable to identify it, but deemed it was not harmful. On Dec. 7, the man called police after receiving two white boxes and a manila envelope, once again from his sister. The man had not talked to his sister, who changed her name to Tira Misu in the 1980s while living in Florida, since 2007. The man told …
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Welding accident in submarine under construction sparked blaze.
The North Kingstown Fire Department extinguished a fire early Tuesday, Oct. 26, at General Dynamics Electric Boat's facility at 165 Dillabur St. in the Quonset Business Park. Deputy Fire Chief Fenwick Gardiner, Jr. said the fire began inside the hull of a submarine when slag from a welding torch fell onto an electric light at the end of an extension cord. The North Kingstown Fire Department responded and called the East Greenwich Fire Department as well. East Greenwich responded, but was not required to assist. Gardiner said the fire was extinguished in about 45 minutes with no injuries. He was not able to provide a damage estimate. Electric Boat builds and designs nuclear submarines for the U.S. Navy.