PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's General Assembly has enacted legislation requiring all voters to get photo identification. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders why our recession-racked state is spending taxpayer dollars on this one.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Dignitaries will gather in East Providence to celebrate the completion of a new bike lane connecting the popular Blackstone River and East Bay bike paths.
The East Bay and Blackstone River bike paths are enormously popular but navigating the six miles between them has been a problem, says Bob Billington, president of the Blackstone Valley Tourism Council.
"They'll tell you, I've tried to make that connection before but got lost. Never knew how to do it,'" he says.
Providence, RI – Kennedy plaza is mostly a bus terminal, but not everyone at the Providence transportation hub is there to catch a ride. It's also a gathering spot for people with nowhere to go. WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall checks in with a team devoted to giving the folks that linger a bit of assistance.
On a hot sunny afternoon, Jimmy Plante stands in the middle of Kennedy Plaza, scanning the crowd.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is defending his decision to have a child out of wedlock.
At an anti-crime rally in the city's Armory district yesterday (Sunday), Providence Mayor Angel Taveras received congratulations over his imminent fatherhood and got some practice in communicating with one-year-olds.
"How are you?" asks Taveras. "Oh he's happy. He's happy here because he's got a bottle. He's drooling. He's having a good time here."
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is coming up on the Sea Turtle season. Boaters and Beach-goers should be on the lookout as the endangered animals head north for the summer.
The sea turtle season in the Ocean State typically starts in mid to late July. The first turtles to appear are usually the medium sized loggerheads. After them come the leatherbacks, which can reach size comparable to a mini-cooper. Boaters sometimes phone in sightings of these giants from the water.
Providence, RI – A group that calls itself the world's oldest puzzlers' organization is in Providence this weekend. WRNI's Megan Hall caught up with the league's program director and NPR's Puzzle Master Will Shortz.
Shortz says the National Puzzlers' league has been around since 1883. The puzzlers meet in a different city every year and chose Providence for this year's convention.
Shortz says the meetings attract many of the country's best word solvers, but everyone is welcome to play.
Providence, RI – Rhode Island is trying another approach in its efforts to create an online marketplace for health insurance.
Legislation to create what's called the health insurance exchange failed to pass in the General Assembly this year, so Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Roberts is looking into whether an executive order from the governor could accomplish the same thing.