Providence, R.I. – On Saturday, the city of Newport will recognize George Wein Day, honoring the founder of the Newport Jazz Festival, which marks its 56th year this weekend. WRNI's Bob Seay reports on the iconic festival and its celebrated founder.
Northeast U.S. – It's summer, and that means kids have a lot more free time and a chance to get outdoors. But experts worry that too many children are spending those extra hours in front of the television or a computer. That means kids are more sedentary and learn less about the natural world. But they also miss a chance to learn important social and decision-making skills. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, North Country Public Radio's Brian Mann reports.
Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island researcher is raising questions about chemicals used to break up the Gulf oil spill.
David Smith, associate dean of the School of Oceanography at the University of Rhode Island, believes that the government's decision to use nearly 2 million gallons of untested oil dispersants could yield long term environmental damage in the Gulf.
Providence, R.I. – A court has blocked the state of Arizona from enforcing key provisions of its controversial immigration law, but state police in Rhode Island continue to assist federal authorities in rounding up undocumented people. The Rhode Island policy is a result of a 2008 executive order signed by Governor Carcieri. WRNI's Flo Jonic compares the two policies and examines why the U.S. Justice Department has challenged Arizona's law but not Rhode Island's.