PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Some 20,000 anglers woke up early this past Saturday morning, grabbed their fishing poles, and put in a line on opening day of Rhode Island's freshwater fishing season. Fish & Wildlife officials say opening day might be the largest sporting event in the state.
It's cold and dark with just a hint of morning light as Phil Casto fiddles with his daughter's fishing line. "I'm rigging up the pole for my daughter Luciana," Casto says.
Providence, RI – The death toll connected to contaminated pastries at Defusco's bakery in Johnston has risen to two.
The elderly man in his 90s from Providence County ate a pastry from DeFusco's bakery on March 19th and started feeling symptoms of salmonella poisoning six days later. He spent more than a week in the hospital before he died Thursday.
Annemarie Beardsworth with the Department of Health says sick, older residents are particularly vulnerable to the food borne illness.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – If the federal government shuts down, the Rhode Island National Guard says it will tell 40 percent of its employees to stay home on Monday. Guard spokesman Lt. Col. Denis Riel says the remaining 60 percent of its staff will show up for work but not get paid.
Riel says the Guard's biggest concern is making sure troops and their families are aware of the state's military relief fund.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Too many religious dramas lack, well, drama. But that's hardly the case with "Paul," a re-telling of the resurrection story that's making its North American debut at the Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre. Bill Gale went along on the Road to Damascus.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – In six campaigns, Vincent "Buddy" Cianci never lost an election for Providence mayor. But he was twice forced out of office in disgrace and convicted of felonies.
Now, Cianci seeks to have the last word on his colorful tenure. He has written a book telling his side of his storied and controversial career. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay sat down recently with Cianci for an interview.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Keith Stokes, the director of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, took the stand Thursday as a witness in a civil lawsuit brought by a Brooklyn man who became paralyzed when he fell off Newport's Cliff Walk.
Stokes says making Cliff Walk completely safe would require erecting an eight foot fence and closing off large portions of the popular tourist attraction. And, he added, it would compromise the walk's historic nature.