Providence, R.I. – Imagine barefoot people in bathing suits, lounging in hammocks by striped cabanas. But this isn't a scene from an exclusive beach resort. These pools sit at the foot of towering buildings on Park Avenue within sight of Grand Central Station.
On a recent Saturday morning, the street is shut off to cars, dozens of swimmers line up for a dip. Max Preston, wearing braces on his teeth and swimming trunks down to his knees, got in line with his mom at 6:30 in the morning.
Providence, R.I. – A summer program wrapping up this week in Central Falls asked middle school students to identify the biggest challenge they think their city faces and design a solution. It's part of a summer school that uses projects instead of traditional coursework. The aim is to get students more engaged in school. But as WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison reports, the program suffers from many of the same challenges the district faces during the regular school year.
Providence, R.I. – The gay community in Rhode Island is increasing its efforts to pass gay marriage legislation, in light of a new poll. The poll by democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows that 59 percent of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage - a 10 percent increase since 2008.
Marriage Equality Rhode Island Executive Director Kathy Kushner says the group will support a civil marriage bill in 2011.
Providence, R.I. – Commuter rail service is coming to South County. A groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of construction on a new train station in Wickford.
A dozen state and federal officials took spades in hand to break ground for the new Wickford Junction commuter rail station.
The station will provide train service to T.F. Green Airport, Providence and Boston. State transportation director Michael Lewis says the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority has agreed to provide the service.
Providence, R.I. – State officials are criticizing the size of a bill to the city of Central Falls from a former court appointed receiver.
Attorney Jonathan Savage was picked to oversee city-finances for the cash strapped city, which he did from mid-May to mid-July. Now savage's law firm is charging the state more than 300-thousand dollars for the work.
Governor Carcieri's spokeswoman Amy Kempe says she is "dumbfounded" by the figure.
Providence, R.I. – Hundreds of people attended a public hearing Tuesday night in Warwick where supporters and opponents weighed in on an expansion project proposed for T.F. Green airport.
There are three alternatives, but the preferred option calls for expanding the main runway to the south by a little more than 1,500 feet. Supporters, including the Providence Chamber, say a longer runway will allow T.F. Green to compete with other New England airports for direct flight across country.