PROVIDENCE, RI – Barbara MacMullan never imagined the construction of five offshore wind turbines would divide a place known for its conservation. The Block Island resident thought the wind farm was no brainer. It's green. It's clean. And it could end the island's dependence on diesel powered energy.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The National Weather Service is issuing a flood warning for areas surrounding the Pawtucket River in Cranston and Warwick. But Governor Chafee's office doesn't expect water damage anywhere near the scale of last year's historic flood.
Spokeswoman Chris Hunsinger says Rhode Islanders should be careful, but not alarmed.
PROVIDENCE, RI – When terrorists crashed United flight 175 into the south tower of the World Trade Center practically nothing was left of the Boeing 767 or its passengers. But in the rubble, officials found a handful of credit cards bearing the name of Lynn Goodchild of Attleboro. Although they're only plastic, her mother, Ellen Goodchild, cherishes them. She touches them reverently during an interview in her Attleboro home.
PROVIDENCE,RI – Some Rhode Island streets are looking more like swimming pools following a heavy downpour this morning. Dana Alexander Nolfe with the Department of Transportation says the last few days of rain have overwhelmed the state's drainage system.
"The volume of water is too great for the drainage," she says. "Think about it as if you have a funnel. If you were going to drop water through the funnel at a rapid pace, there may be spillage from the top."
PROVIDENCE, RI – Cities, towns and universities across Rhode Island are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Rhode Island Public Radio has compiled a list, with information, to various events.
Roger Williams University
Roger Williams University is hosting a series of public events to mark and reflect on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.
WHEN: Monday, September 12. Both events are open to the public.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown university remains undecided about whether to bring the Military Reserve Officer Training Corps back to campus. A committee began looking into the question after the military ended its ban on openly gay service members. The panel did not reach a consensus, saying some members believe discrimination for transgendered people is still a problem in the military.
Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is seeking a federal disaster declaration for agriculture in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. The Governor has written a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, saying agriculture related businesses suffered severe damage. State officials estimate that 20 to 30 percent of the apple crop in some Rhode Island counties was lost due to the storm. Farmers are expecting a strong apple harvest this year, which may help make up for some of the crops affected by Irene.