Providence, R.I. – Parents met with school officials in East Providence last night about a controversial new recess policy. The policy ends 10 minutes of playtime before or after lunch, and some parents say that's a mistake. School officials say they are trying to improve recess not do away with it.
WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison says the argument mirrors a national discussion about the effect of a decrease in free play time for children.
Providence, R.I. – Beginning next month, riders on RIPTA bus service will face a fare hike that includes a quarter increase for basic service. It's a move intended to address the latest budget crunch at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Others may still be in store.
To discuss the financial situation at RIPTA and transportation in the Ocean State, WRNI's Bob Seay spoke with RIPTA board chairman John Rupp, who put the agency's financial situation into a national perspective.
Providence, RI – The mayor of Central Falls says he and the city council have hired an attorney to fight the property tax hike put into the city's current budget.
The mayor made that statement after a meeting Monday between the state appointed receiver who crafted the tax hike and city residents who questioned it.
Residents packed into City Council chambers, peppering receiver Mark Pfeiffer with questions about how the city got into such debt and whether there was any way besides raising property taxes to clear it up.
Providence, R.I. – The Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU has filed a lawsuit on behalf of a recovering heroin addict who was denied permission to volunteer at her six-year-old daughter's school because of two drug possession convictions.
Providence, R.I. – Parents and school officials in East Providence meet tonight about a controversial policy ending recess before or after lunch. Loss of unstructured playtime is part of a national trend that worries some child development experts. But East Providence officials say they are not trying to do away with playtime.
Providence, R.I. – Five people charged in a federal corruption investigation in North Providence will be in court this week.
Three former North Providence town council members accused of soliciting bribes are scheduled to be arraigned for a second time on Monday following the release of a new indictment last week charging them with additional extortion schemes.
Raymond Douglas III, Joseph Burchfield and John Zambarano have previously pleaded not guilty.
Speaking on WRNI?s Political Roundtable, Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he would be interested in approaching officials and playing a role in establishing full fledged casino gambling at Twin River.
Providence, R.I. – Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas is still hopeful about the tribe's chances of operating a casino in the Ocean State.
Thomas says he expects legislation to pass in Washington that would put the Narragansetts on a level playing field with other federally recognized tribes. He says that would set the stage for his tribe to work with state officials, and help Rhode Island keep pace with potential gambling expansion in Massachusetts.