PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Islanders of Portuguese heritage celebrated their culture with the 34th annual "Day of Portugal" parade and festival.
Monica Santos of Lincoln donned a colorful orange dancing costume for the Portugal Day parade and festival which started on Smith Hill and ended at the Bank of America skating rink. A first generation Portuguese American, she lives in a home where the language is still spoken.
PROVIDENCE, RI – The redrawing of Rhode Island's political districts might offer an edge to Congressman David Cicilline in his reelection fight next year. It's part of the redistricting that happens every ten years.
Cicilline's first congressional district is poised to gain thousands of new voters because it has many fewer voters than the second district. Congressional districts are supposed to be roughly equal in population.
PROVIDENCE, RI – High gas prices could actually help the Rhode Island tourism industry this year.
With gas prices pushing $4 a gallon, people are looking for vacation destinations that don't require multiple fill-ups. That word from state tourism director Mark Broduer who says website traffic indicates strong interest from people in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
"It suggests people are staying close to home and they're looking to get out of the house," says Broduer.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island has an historic opportunity to reshape the economy and urban landscape of Providence. WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay wonders if state government is up to this challenge.
Rhode Islanders have long had a bittersweet relationship with Narragansett Bay. Our modern state began here in the place Roger Williams named Providence.
WRNI – Curt Columbus and Janice Duclos celebrate five seasons of Trintiy Rep Radio Theater -- dramatic literature in conversation with our world, featuring Trinity Rep's resident acting company. June's program features short readings, reflection, and an old favorite: from 2007, a reprise of Robert Penn Warren's "A Christian Education," featuring Fred Sullivan, Jr., Stephen Thorne, Janice and Curt. Enjoy!
PROVIDENCE, RI – A company that provides technical support for Verizon Wireless customers is laying off workers in Rhode Island.
The company Flextronics LLC notified the state last week that it will lay off 21 employees in North Kingstown, Providence, Smithfield and Warwick.
Verizon says it has worked with Flextronics for more than a decade but is now cutting ties with the company to start up its own customer service department. And Verizon has been hiring some of Flextronics' staff.