Sand Juan, Puerto Rico – Hurricane Earl, now a powerful Category 4 storm, barreled toward the U.S. coast early Tuesday after battering tiny islands across the northeastern Caribbean with heavy rain and winds that damaged homes and toppled power lines.
Earl is forecast to potentially brush the U.S. East Coast late Thursday, before curving back out to sea, potentially swiping New England or far-eastern Canada. The U.S. National Hurricane Center warned coastal residents from North Carolina to Maine to watch the storm closely.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island may be losing skilled laborers because of a shortage of affordable housing. That word today from Housing Works RI, a coalition of banks, builders, chambers of commerce and community groups.
Housing Works Executive Director Nellie Gorbea says homeownership has been made more difficult because of lending restrictions while rents have gone up because of the foreclosure crisis.
Providence, R.I. – Emergency management officials in Rhode Island are making preparations ahead of the expected arrival of Hurricane Earl up the East Coast on Friday and Saturday.
Providence Emergency Management Director Peter Gaynor says officials are waiting for an updated forecast before making any hard decisions. For now, they are fueling vehicles and power generators, and checking staff notification lists and radios. Gaynor says a potential vulnerability in Providence is downtown flooding.
Providence, R.I. – David Segal plays to his base during a recent appearance before a local unit of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) in Providence.
"It's a travesty that we don't see more action and support of jobs and support of economic recovery coming from Congress," he says, "and people who will be there to fight for an economic recovery that actually works for working people."
Providence, R.I. – Three of the four Republican candidates vying for the 2nd Congressional District seat said fixing the illegal immigration problem involves a mix of board security and documenting the illegal workers already in the country.
Providence, R.I. – Three of the four Republicans running in the 2nd Congressional District will square off tonight in a televised debate.
Republicans Mark Zaccaria, William Clegg, and Michael Gardiner will take part during the League of Women Voters-ABC6 debate at 8 pm. Another candidate, Donald Robbio, isn't included, since he didn't meet the league's rules for participation.
Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation expects to close on the deal to give a $75-million loan guarantee to a video game company headed by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling. WRNI's Scott MacKay takes a look at a company that didn't get any financing by the EDC.