PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island is about to put millions of federal Race to the Top dollars into new teacher evaluations, more testing for students and more interventions in low-performing schools. The programs reflect a growing consensus that better teachers are the key to boosting test scores. WRNI Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison found disagreement about whether this is the right prescription for improving schools.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A tight race for governor, and write-ins for the General Assembly that's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable. Here's our host, WRNI Political Reporter Ian Donnis.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The remnants of Tropical Storm Nicole are moving across New England, prompting forecasters to issue a flood watch for the entire state of Rhode Island.
Heavy rain is expected all day, with one to three inches forecast for Rhode Island and up to four inches in some areas. National Weather Service meteorologist Bob Thompson says urban flooding is a concern as well as high winds.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Bank owned properties or short sales now account for 37 percent of all real estate transactions in Rhode Island, according to Realty Trac, the nation's leading online marketplace for distressed properties.
That's the 4th highest percentage in the country - behind Nevada, Arizona and California. Realty Trac communications director Daren Blomquist says buyers are scooping up distressed properties at discounts ranging from 15 to 27 percent.