PROVIDENCE, RI – A Rhode Island Public Transit Agency driver has been critically injured after a crash in Warwick on Monday. Police say there were no passengers on the bus at the time of the accident. The 42-year-old driver apparently suffered a medical condition while he was behind the wheel, and crashed into a tree.
Police say they have found no sign that speed or alcohol was a factor in the crash. Investigators are withholding the driver's identity until his relatives are notified.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The swimmer thought to be missing in Narragansett waters has called the Coast Guard to say he's fine. The man was reported missing at about 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Police said he told a family on Narragansett Town Beach that he was going for a swim, but they did not see him return. Crews searched for nearly 18 hours and over about 70 square miles without finding the man. The Coast Guard reports the man says he exited the water at a different place than he entered.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee travels to Hartford, Connecticut this morning for a regional economic summit. Governors from Nebraska, Delaware and Connecticut are also scheduled to attend the event, organized by the National Governor's Association. Connecticut officials say the meeting will provide an opportunity to learn from local entrepreneurs, small business owners, researchers and other experts as states look to more high-growth innovative companies.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Monday and Tuesday are it for this spell of warm weather. The National Weather Service says we can expect highs Monday around 83 degrees. Tuesday will be down into the low 70's and by Wednesday we should be down into the mid-60's.
That's where temperatures should be.
National Weather Service forecaster Bill Simpson says a warm high pressure is part of why it feels more like summer than fall.
This public radio station's move onto the FM dial may be good news for fans of NPR, but the deal has pushed Brown Student and Community Radio off the airwaves. BSR is the second college radio station in Rhode Island to lose its FM signal this year.
Brown Student Radio is a community radio station run in the great tradition of college radio: a motley mix of everything from a bootleg recording of a folk concert to a talk show about wrestling.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee's support for in-state tuition for undocumented students has drawn brickbats from conservative Republicans and anti-immigrant activists and, of course, the Rhode Island Tea Party. Chafee is being lambasted for making an end run around the General Assembly, which for years now has refused to approve, or even vote on, legislation that would have given these children a shot at a college education at the lower in-state tuition rates.
PROVIDENCE, RI – This has been a big year for John Gordon, the last man executed in Rhode Island. Over the week-end the 19th century Irish immigrant got a proper headstone and a marker at the Rhode Island Irish Famine Memorial. Gordon was convicted of the 1843 murder of textile magnate Amasa Sprague. He was hanged after a trial marked by flimsy evidence and an atmosphere of anti Irish bias. His execution was a factor in Rhode Island becoming the second state in the nation to outlaw the death penalty.
PROVIDENCE, RI – One of Rhode Island's most treasured arts groups has reached an important milestone. After years of deficits, Festival Ballet turned a small profit for the fiscal year ending in August.