PROVIDENCE, RI – The newest stretch of the William C. O'Neill Bike Path is now open.
This nearly a mile stretch of the so-called South County Bike Path runs from Kingston Station in West Kingston to Route 108 in Wakefield.
The path includes an option for cyclists to bypass heavy traffic on their way to the shore in Narragansett. And it offers a lit tunnel under Route 1 in Wakefield. The plan is to fill the walls of the 94-foot long tunnel with murals painted by the public.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A four-year-old conservative think tank is dissolving after an internal dispute over the group's direction.
The Ocean State Policy Research Institute (OSPRI) was formed to challenge what its founder called a surplus of liberal groups in Rhode Island. OSPRI's board got rid of its founder, William Felkner. The group's executive director, Michael Stenhouse, says the board had conflicting views about how to be effective.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Local Democrats and Republicans are trading fire over GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's appearance at a Newport fundraiser, where former governor Don Carcieri was among the hosts.
For $250, supporters can attend the fundraiser. Add another zero and the tab for a private reception with Romney is $2500. State GOP chairman Ken McKay says it's too early for him to endorse a candidate, but he likes what he sees in Romney.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is seeing a spike in cases of babesiosis, a little known tick disease that can be fatal to the elderly and people with compromised immune systems.
Fifteen years ago Rhode Island averaged one or two cases of babesiosis a year. Last year, 76 cases were reported. Thomas Mather, director of URI's Center for Vector Borne Disease, says some of the increase may be due to improved diagnosis. But it's also due to an increase in the tick population.
WRNI – Every one of us can name remarkable teachers who changed the course of our lives - what we think about, how we think, what we care about. What was it that made those teachers such standouts and such a gift to the students they taught? Bruce Marlowe shares his beliefs based on his experiences with one very special teacher who crossed his path.