PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Islanders are drinking up an unusually warm winter day.
You know it's been a crummy winter when 52 degrees feels great.
Around the state roads are wet with melting snow and people have shed their heavy winter clothes. Outside the Cranston Post Office, Rosemary McCaffrey welcomes this blast of Spring. "Oh this is perfect. Absolutely perfect. I think everybody's going to feel so much better now that it's warm," says McCaffrey. "Can't wait til the week-end."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It's trite to say that compromise is the heart of American democracy. But that doesn't make it any less true.
Compromise is the reason that Americans haven't changed governments with guns in the streets since the Civil War. As Rhode Island considers the emotionally fraught issue of gay marriage, this spirit of compromise ought to be paramount.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Chafee administration is moving to aid the local workers getting laid off Monday by the Middletown defense company accused in a kickback scheme.
Advanced Solutions for Tomorrow, ASFT, is shutting its doors and laying off about 100 to 150 workers in Rhode Island, Virginia, and Georgia. The Georgia-based company says it can no longer operate because its assets were frozen.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Lawmakers will be honoring parents Monday night who have lost a son or daughter in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
U.S. Military numbers show 13 Rhode Islanders have died in the two wars. Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee,Raymond Gallison, says the ceremony reminds these parents that Rhode Island will never forget their loss.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – While Sunday was a day of rest for most of us, it was just the opposite for florists. Valentine's Day is one of the busiest - if not the busiest - day of the year for the floral trade.
At Floral Symphony in Bristol, the staff calls it "Valoween." Owner Deb Metaxas explains why.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This Valentine's Day marks the 166th anniversary of the last execution in Rhode Island. The condemned was an Irish immigrant named John Gordon. Many historians today believe he was wrongly convicted of murder.
Now, spurred by Newport author Ken Dooley who has written a play on the case, the General Assembly is considering a pardon.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Guatemalan American Alliance of Rhode Island is demanding an apology from State Representative Robert Watson for comments he made last week in an address to the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.
Speaking of the legislative agenda, Watson said, "I guess that if you are a Guatemalan gay man who likes to gamble and smokes marijuana, you probably think we're onto some good ideas here."
David Quiroa, president of the Alliance, says Guatemalans are insulted.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The debate over same-sex marriage, compassion centers, and medical marijuana. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable hosted by WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.