Providence, R.I. – A new train station that will extend commuter rail service from Boston to North Kingstown is being celebrated by state and local officials.
Groundbreaking is scheduled for Wednesday on the station at Wickford Junction. Rhode Island Department of Transportation Director Director Michael P. Lewis says train service provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is expected to start by the end of next year.
Providence, R.I. – The state senator who represents Central Falls is calling for greater accountability from the receiver who's managing the city. The mayor and city council were sidelined last month when a $5 million deficit forced the city into receivership, a type of bankruptcy.
State Sen. Elizabeth Crowley says she has no issue with retired Judge Mark Pfeiffer, the appointed receiver of Central Falls. But she wants him to communicate better with city residents who ultimately pay the bills.
Providence, R.I. – Public support for gay marriage is growing in Rhode Island. This year's poll by democratic firm Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research shows that 59 percent of Rhode Islanders support gay marriage - a 10 percent increase since 2008.
Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Vice President David Walker says Rhode Islanders are embracing the gay community now more than ever.
Providence, R.I. – Parents in East Providence are concerned about a new school policy that would end a 10 minute recess after lunch. Superintendent Mario Cirillo says the goal is not to do away with recess, but to let teachers decide when students need time to play.
"Weather permitting they could go outside and have free play for 10 minutes or engage in some kind of physical activity outside with games," said Cirillo. "We're not taking anything away. I see it as an opportunity to enhance recess."
Providence, R.I. – Three more Rhode Island beaches are closed to swimming due to high bacteria counts. Earlier today, the Department of Health closed Bristol Town Beach, Conimicut Point Beach and Goddard Memorial State Park in Warwick. The Department will reopen the beaches when they're safe for swimming.
Governor Notte Park Beach in North Providence also remains closed.
Providence, R.I. – Wickford Junction is one step closer to getting a train station. The new station, which the Department will begin work on tomorrow, will take commuters to Boston, Providence, T.F. Green airport, and other cities and towns. The project, funded partly by federal stimulus dollars, should be finished by 2011.
Providence, RI – Fitch Ratings has downgraded Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation's general airport bonds to A- from A.
In a released statement, Fitch says the downgrade to A- is based on a declining number of passengers going through TF Green airport, saying the airport expects to see the same passenger level this year as it did back in 1997.
Fitch also cited Southwest Airline's expanded service to Boston-Logan International as another reason for the rating downgrade.
Providence, R.I. – The words "Our Heavenly Father" will remain on the wall of the Cranston High School West auditorium, at least for now. School officials have delayed making a decision about what to do with the sign, which has generated a complaint from the American Civil Liberties Union.