PROVIDENCE, R.I. – For every painting, print or sculpture there's a story behind the artwork and an artist. For the past two years, the NETWORKS RI project has documented the lives and work of Rhode Island artists through a series of videos and exhibits. A collection of artwork from the artists opens tomorrow at the Newport Art Museum. WRNI's Robert Ames recently spoke to the project's founders, arts supporter Doctor Joseph Chazan and Bert Crenca, artistic director of the Providence arts organization AS220.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – You might not think that a play combining an island in the Indian Ocean and postage stamps would be all that interesting. But Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre has come up with one and WRNI's Bill Gale was impressed.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Politicians and transportation officials grabbed silver shovels and turned the dirt for the official groundbreaking on the Pawtucket River Bridge.
For the nearly three years heavy trucks have had to get off I-95 and worm their way around the Pawtucket River Bridge. Pawtucket Mayor James Doyle says the diversion has caused so much harm to his city that he's sending a letter to Rhode Island's Congressional delegation outlining the damage.
Providence, RI – Doctors now have a new tool in preventing lung cancer deaths. A study designed by researchers at Brown University shows computerized tomography or CT scans are twenty percent more effective than X-rays at catching the disease before it turns fatal.
CT scans offer a more complex view of tissues and bones than an X-ray.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he's willing to reconsider his plan to expand the state sales tax.
During his first post-election news conference, Chafee says he thinks the state's agreement with 38 Studios is probably a done deal, now that 75 million dollars in bonds have been sold for the project. Chafee also says he's not absolutely wedded to his plan to impose a one percent sales tax on current exempt items.
The Coast Guard is looking for the owner of a life jacket found floating in the water near Block Island. The discovery follows several reports of flare sightings on Tuesday evening.
Coast Guard officials say they are treating this as a search and rescue case.
"Anytime we have multiple reports of flare sightings that leads us to believe there may be someone in distress," says Coast Guard Petty Officer Connie Terrell. "That's how we're treating it until we get any further information otherwise."