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with Jim Hummel
Exposing corruption in Southern New England. The Hummel Report airs every Thursday, with exclusive video, on 630WPRO.COM
This week for theHummel Report The Fire Marshall in Pawtucket is now under investigation by the city's police department after Jim Hummel discovers he put his girlfriend's daughter on his taxpayer-funded Blue Cross family plan in 2011. Hear the fire marshal's explanation - and the mayor's reaction to what we found.
This week for theHummel Report we go inside a school like no other in Rhode Island: a non-profit gender-specific middle school for 60 girls, grades 5-8, whose families are living near the poverty-level - many with single-parent households. And as Jim Hummel finds, the private non-denominational academy has seen impressive results.
This week for theHummel Report Affordable housing is a hot-button issue for several communities in Rhode Island, some struggling to meet state mandates set nearly a decade ago. This week Jim Hummel looks at one affluent community where affordable housing has become a controversial topic - but not for the reasons you might think.
This week for theHummel Report This week we mark the 3rd anniversary of The Hummel Report with new information on half a dozen of our investigations - including the conclusion to our first big series of stories in early 2010 that is now sending one corrupt politician to federal prison.
This week for theHummel Report Jim Hummel takes us inside a place that deals with some of the toughest cases in the state.
This week for theHummel Report Avery Kirby invented a tray insert for his hospital-issued walker after being treated for a stroke at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Providence. The tray allows him to carry items, has a drink holder and a place for his cane. With the help of some islanders and his son, Kirby built 50 trays to give to his fellow veterans at hospital. But the VA won't accept them. This week Jim Hummel finds out why, and travels to the island for a first-hand look at the tray - which has received a patent from the government.
This week for theHummel Report Taxpayers in Providence have spent millions of dollars to repair and repave several high-profile and high-traffic streets in the city, including one that has a newly-created bicycle lane. So why has a utility company targeted them for additional work already?
This week for the Hummel Report Jim Hummel hears from a North Kingstown woman who wants to know why the state is spending money on landscaping when the Department of Transportation struggles every year to fund other projects. And we have the response from D.O.T.
This week for the Hummel Report Jim Hummel finds information showing that the board overseeing a taxpayer-funded loan program for Providence businesses has written off millions of dollars in bad loans - two-thirds made during the administration of former Mayor David Cicilline.
This week for Hummel Report Jim Hummel profiles an inner-city teacher and wrestling coach who is going above and beyond, rewriting the job description of what it is to work with students and athletes. Meet him - and the team he's turned into a family. .
This week for the Hummel Report Jim Hummel talks with the people living just east of the airport, who say years of deicing fluid runoff have contaminated Warwick Pond. And they want to know what the Department of Environmental Management is doing about it.
This week for the Hummel Report City Council members in Providence receive a yearly salary, health care benefits and a pension if they want in on it - and something that until recently has flown largely under the public radar: a Smart Phone, courtesy of the taxpayers.
This week for the Hummel Report Jim Hummel sits down with the man overseeing the project for the Narragansett Bay Commission and finds he expects the turbines to provide 40 percent of the facility's electric power when they go online this summer.
This week for the Hummel Report Jim Hummel sits down with the director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation to talk about the facility - and ongoing operational costs taxpayers could be on the hook for if it's not as successful as officials are predicting.
This week for the Hummel Report Four years ago Rhode Island passed a law making it a felony for registered sex offenders to live within 300 feet of any public or private school. But a three-month investigation by The Hummel Report found more than a dozen sex offenders in Providence listing addresses within the 300 feet.
This week for the Hummel Report A few months ago the state installed a controlled-access gate at one of the parking lots adjacent to the Rhode Island State House. This week Jim Hummel talks with the state official overseeing the project - and a state senator who says government needs to treat every tax dollar as carefully as the taxpayers do themselves.
This week for the Hummel Report The Station Nightclub Fire left many Rhode Islanders acutely aware of entrance and exit doors. This week: we have undercover video of a chained fire exit at a charter school in Cranston - with students just steps away down the hall.
This week for the Hummel Report the president of the company that was being blamed by the Rhode Island Department of Transportation talks publicly with Jim Hummel, for the first time, about a confidential report that now puts the blame on the D.O.T., costing taxpayers millions of extra dollars.
This week for the Hummel Report Providence Mayor Angel Taveras looks back on his first year in office: the challenges and surprises, the successes and setbacks, as he answers the critics who thought he might not be tough enough to get it all done. And he tells Jim Hummel why he hasn't criticized his predecessor David Cicilline - when many others have.
This week for the Hummel Report We take a look back at a very busy year for the Hummel Report. Jim Hummel has new information on a handful of investigations - from a cracked bridge in Warren to defective engines on high-priced search and rescue boats.
This week for the Hummel Report, Jim Hummel questions the mayor of Fall River about road repair money meant for the whole city being used on little-used roads near a political supporter.
This week, the Hummel Report investigates the state-appointed receiver overseeing Central Falls' finances and said to be moving the community closer to bankruptcy. Jim Hummel sits down with a man who is well acquainted with government in Central Falls, serving as city clerk, councilman and mayor.