Providence, R.I. – Hope High School students appear to have won a victory over Providence school officials in a fight over their daily class schedule. The students wanted to keep a schedule with longer class periods and more time for teacher meetings.
Providence, RI – Rhode Island has landed a $21.7 million stimulus grant to roll out an affordable broadband network for non-profit organizations.
The broadband network will stretch across Rhode Island into Bristol County Massachusetts.
It will give libraries more capacity for the growing number of people who are using their computers to apply for jobs or do homework. It will give schools greater access to underwater research cameras. And doctors will have the broadband capacity to share patient information.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A University of Rhode Island economist says the state seems to be on the verge of economic recovery.
URI economist Leonard Lardaro, who publishes a monthly assessment of a dozen key economic indicators, says manufacturing hours rose by two hours a week in July and retail sales grew for a sixth straight month--- both signs that the economy is on the rebound.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The unofficial results show David Cicilline clinching the Democratic nomination for the 1st Congressional District and Angel Taveras beating the other three Democrats running for Mayor of Providence.
1st Congressional District Providence Mayor David Cicilline held the lead all night, ending up with 37 percent of the vote. Unofficial results show Anthony Gemma with 23 percent, David Segal with 20 percent, and Bill Lynch with 20 percent.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – This week's New York Times will feature six crossword puzzles by students from Brown University. The school has an active puzzling club, and its students have had more puzzles published by the Times than those of any other University, according to New York Times Crossword Puzzle Editor Will Shortz.
Four Brown students have already had crosswords published by the New York Times and two more make their debut this week. Shortz says the week of Brown puzzles was inspired by his intern, Brown student Natan Last.
Providence, R.I. – Medical marijuana advocates say they're sick of waiting for the Rhode Island Health Department. Dozens of patients protested the department's decision to disqualify all 15 applicants to run the state's first medical marijuana retail stores.
Providence, R.I. – The percentage of RI high school seniors taking the SAT exam is on the rise, but scores are down in two of the three tested subject areas.
There was a five percent increase in participation by the class of 2010, with 5,718 seniors taking the exam. Math score averages were up a point to 488. Reading scores dropped a point to 485 and writing scores dropped four points to 478.
Scores in each category were below the national averages.
WOONSOCKET, R.I. – Just three of the 535 members of Congress are openly gay, and two Democratic candidates running for the House hope to inch that number up to five.
Providence, Rhode Island, Mayor David Cicilline is running to succeed Patrick Kennedy. In California, Palm Springs Mayor Steve Pougnet is trying to knock Republican Mary Bono Mack out of the seat she has held for 12 years.