PROVIDENCE, R.I. – When most of his high school friends were worrying about their SAT scores or who to take to the high school prom, Nick Donias was wondering where he'd sleep for the night. Two years ago, Donias was homeless, with a big dream of attending an Ivy League college. Now he's a sophomore at Brown - and he's begun to share his story about overcoming homelessness. WRNI education reporter Elisabeth Harrison has this profile.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI continues its series on Providence's Latino community, "Providence: mi ciudad," with a look at political activity in Providence. The election in November of the city's first Latino mayor, Angel Taveras, was a major milestone, and efforts over the last years have multiplied the Latino presence on the Providence City Council. WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis has our story.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Farmers markets have seen huge growth in the past three decades. They give consumers access to local food, sometimes at a lower price. And farmers can sell without a middleman getting a cut. Now, some markets run through the entire winter. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations, WNPR's Nancy Cohen reports the number of winter-long markets have doubled, tripled, even quadrupled in some states.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor Lincoln Chafee puts his imprint on the future of Central Falls and the Board of Regents. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI political reporter Ian Donnis.
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PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The US Securities and Exchange Commission has opened an investigation of Rhode Island's bond offerings.
State Treasurer Gina Raimondo says the SEC told her about the investigation on Monday. Raimondo, who started in her job last month, says the reason for the probe hasn't been identified. But she says the SEC has raised its scrutiny of the disclosure provided by states about their unfunded pension liability.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island start-up accelerator Betaspring is taking part in President Obama's latest effort for entrepreneurs. The program, called Start Up America, will help launch new businesses around the country as a way to jump start the economy. Betaspring Managing Partner Allan Tear says it's exciting to be a part of the president's push to "win the future."