PROVIDENCE, R.I. – New data find Rhode Islanders in Bristol County make the most money, but not as much as they used to. The numbers from 2009 show Bristol County with the highest per capita personal income in Rhode Island.
The federal Bureau of Economic Analysis finds the average income there is more than $52,000 a year. That's almost $15,000 more than Providence's average.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – On April 18th, 1981, the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Rochester Red Wings started what they thought was just another ball game. But eight hours later it became the longest ever played game in baseball history.
Former Providence Journal reporter Dan Barry has written a book about that game. And WRNI's Scott MacKay caught up with the Barry to talk about the game and how he went about writing this story.
WRNI – The Ocean State's natural beauty seeps into our souls, from the stunning vistas at Sachuest Point in Middletown to the bucolic trails in Glocester's George Washington State Park. This state's natural bounty seems to define us, or maybe we define it. This week we hear from poet John Grey, whose verses should help all Rhode Islanders understand what it means to connect with the nature that surrounds us.
Providence, RI – Orange cone season starts this week in Rhode Island that's when the department of transportation kicks road improvement projects into high gear. To pay for road work, Governor Lincoln Chafee is calling for the state to start using vehicle licensing fees. Michael Lewis, Director of the Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it's going to take a major investment to get our roads and bridges back into shape.
Providence, RI – Federal officials have approved construction plans for the nation's first offshore wind farm. The 130-turbine Cape Wind project in the Nantucket Sound has already secured the necessary major state approvals and also has an agreement to sell half its power ratified by Massachusetts state regulators. The 468-megawatt wind farm is estimated to cost 2-billion-dollars or more, and construction is scheduled to begin this fall. Rhode Island is considering a similar off-shore wind farm off the coast of Block Island.