Providence, RI – Every caring parent has the same intense fear: That unanticipated, and definitely unwanted, phone call from one's child that's saturated with bad news. We know it can happen, of course, yet it's virtually impossible to prepare for the dreaded call. Robert Waxler knows this all too well.
Providence, R.I. – The Providence Mayor's Office and Rhode Island Department of Transportation have announced a design competition to build a new pedestrian bridge over the Providence River.
The proposed bridge would replace the old I-195 highway bridge, which is scheduled for demolition next year. According to Mayor Cicilline, the bridge will be a landmark for Providence and for the region.
Providence, R.I. – After months of reviewing 15 applications for running Rhode Island's first medical marijuana retail stores, the Department of Health is throwing them all out and starting over.
Health officials say the applications either failed to meet technical requirements or didn't meet minimum scoring requirements.
Health Department Director Dr. David Gifford says he received eight formal complaints from lawyers representing some of the medical marijuana store applicants. That's when he realized there was a problem.
Providence, R.I. – 280 Rhode Island National Guard soldiers will deploy to Kuwait over the next few days. They will provide logistic support in Kuwait and security for convoys traveling into northern Iraq during their year-long deployment.
The Rhode Island National Guard's Lt. Col. Denis Riel says by next June 800 soldiers will be deployed to the Middle East.
"In total we'll have about 47 percent of our Army National Guard assets serving in either Kuwait or Afghanistan," Riel says.
Providence, R.I. – The Naval War College is holding a memorial ceremony Friday to remember those who died on 9/11. Three war college students and seven alumni died in the 2001 attack on the Pentagon. Hijackers flew an American Airlines plane into the western side of the Pentagon killing everyone on board and 125 people inside the building. The ceremony will be held at the Naval War College's 9/11 Memorial, which includes a piece of shattered limestone that was part of the Pentagon.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island will create 153,000 job openings by 2018 and 61 percent of them will require at least some post-secondary training. That's according to a new labor market study by the Georgetown University Center on Education in the workforce.
The findings will be published Friday in the New England Journal of Higher Education. They present a mixed picture for Rhode Island.
VERMONT – You've heard of speed dating? Well now there's weed dating where people have the chance to meet while working together on a farm. As part of a collaboration with Northeast stations Steve Zind of Vermont Public Radio reports.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The new theater season around here begins with David Mamet's prize-winning play, "Glengarry Glen Ross," at the Gamm Theatre. Bill Gale was there press night and he says this hard-edged play is as good as ever.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – WRNI concludes our series of profiles of the five candidates running for mayor of Providence. As WRNI's political reporter Ian Donnis reports, Democrat Steven Costantino is looking to make the jump after serving as a state representative.