West Warwick, R.I. – Thomas Jefferson was in the final year of his presidency when Christopher and Charles Lippitt built a textile mill on the banks of the Pawtuxet River in what was then Warwick. The 1808 wood frame building is not only still standing, it's still in the textile business under the name Riverpointe Lace.
Peter Palmisciano and his partner, John Ponte, bought it in a bankruptcy auction two years ago for $300,000.
West Warwick, R.I. – Walk down the main hall of Deering Middle school in West Warwick, take a right, and you'll find the health hut.
Sherrie Berger, the health assistant, stands in the waiting room with a sick student. The nurse practitioner here has already diagnosed him with strep throat. Now he needs to pick up his medication and get better.
Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Republican Party is taking a stand in favor of the Westin Hotel, which has imposed a steep pay cut on its workers.
The Rhode Island Republican Central Committee was going to hold a meeting Wednesday night in Bristol but moved it to the Westin to voice support for management, which is locked in a labor dispute with its workers.
Providence, R.I. – Eleven out of 36 local teachers' unions have signed onto the state's second bid for a federal Race to the Top education grant. They include Pawtucket, Woonsocket, Providence, Central Falls and Cranston.
All but two school districts have also signed onto the plan, which seeks $75 million for school reforms like tougher teacher evaluations and mid-year testing to assess student progress.
West Warwick, R.I. – West Warwick's Main Street shows no sign of the intense floods that swept through Rhode Island earlier this spring. But many of the town's small businesses paid a high price for flood-related damage. And some business people question whether the federal government has done enough to help them recover.
West Warwick, R.I. – At the Islamic School of Rhode Island, religion is a central part of the school day. Even Kindergartners learn to recite the Koran from memory. Memorizing the Koran is typical for Muslim children everywhere, according to teacher Karim Kouraj, who comes from Morocco.
"It's the key to paradise for us," Kouraj says. "We focus on the little kids now because it's easy for them. Some of them, they might be able to memorize the whole Koran by the age 12 or 13."
West Warwick, R.I. – The West Warwick Civic Center is many things- a sports arena, a temporary flood shelter, and for the past year, an increasingly popular flea market. Every weekend, thousands of people from around the state come to buy everything from jewelry to deodorant. WRNI's Megan Hall checked out the West Warwick flea market and produced this audio postcard.
Providence, R.I. – State education officials announce today how many school districts and teachers unions have signed onto their application for $75 million in federal race to the top education grants.
One of the state's two teachers unions has already endorsed the application, and several local union presidents have followed suit. They include Providence, Pawtucket and West Warwick.
West Warwick, R.I. – Ida Lancelotta probably knows West Warwick better than anyone alive. She was born here 100 years ago - in 1910 - and now lives at the Westview Health Center, an assisted living facility in town.
"I was happy at home," Lancelotta says. "I mean, they made it happy for you. My mother used to make macaroni. She sued to make everything home made, a garden. We had everything we wanted."