Providence, RI – Cranston city leaders are considering a budget that would increase school funding by roughly $2 million dollars. Schools officials say that will help, but it will most likely not be enough to save instrumental music programs now in middle schools. Cranston has already cut a similar program from its elementary schools, and a group of parents has stepped in to replace it.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he supports the retention of Police Chief Col. Dean Esserman. The recommendation to keep Esserman is part of an evaluation of the police department's management team that emphasizes a high standard for conduct.
WRNI – During life's most stressful and perplexing moments, some of us yearn for a little bit of magic, or perhaps a lot of magic, to help us weather the storm. And what about those magical moments when we feel deeply moved by mysteries of the universe or in awe of some sort of natural phenomenon? Maybe, just maybe, as Ben Jolivet believes, there is real magic in our lives.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee's plan to plug a huge state deficit he inherited has met a hail of criticism. WRNI political analyst Scott Mackay wonders if some of these naysayers have a better idea.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is pretty much in the middle of a national state ranking of wage gaps between men and women.
Rhode Island women earn, on average, about $40,000 a year compared to the average man's wage of $50,000. That's a 20 percent difference, according to a report published by the National Partnership for Women and Families, a nonprofit group that promotes workplace fairness.
The Partnership's Sarah Crawford says women with children fair even worse.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Some 20,000 anglers woke up early this past Saturday morning, grabbed their fishing poles, and put in a line on opening day of Rhode Island's freshwater fishing season. Fish & Wildlife officials say opening day might be the largest sporting event in the state.
It's cold and dark with just a hint of morning light as Phil Casto fiddles with his daughter's fishing line. "I'm rigging up the pole for my daughter Luciana," Casto says.