PROVIDENCE, R.I. – It was early spring of 1949 when "South Pacific" opened in New York. Taken from James Michener's tales of life, love and war on tiny islands in the Pacific Ocean, the musical was an instant, and huge, hit. Bill Gale has our review. EDITOR'S NOTE: "South Pacific" continues at the Providence Performing Arts Center through Sunday. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Fire officials expect a big crowd today at the wake for Central Fall's long time Fire Chief. Sixty-year-old Rene Coutu passed away on Tuesday of cancer. Central Falls battalion Chief Keith Sullivan says the thing he'll miss the most is seeing the chief at his desk, right across the hallway.
"His door was always open," Sullivan says. "Many guys brought their personal concerns about families and stuff to him. You could count on his advice; it was always the right thing."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Governor-elect Lincoln Chafee says he will eliminate the January 15 deadline to close three shelters that provide emergency care for children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Rhode Island Black Heritage Society is reorganizing in the hopes of one day reopening its doors to the public.
Since its previous home in the Arcade on Weybosset St. closed in 2008, the society has been in limbo. Current President Charles Newton says that despite the two year battle, he is hopeful that they are making real progress toward reopening.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – A major change is coming to the Republican Party of Rhode Island. State chair Giovanni Cicione says he does not want to run for re-election and is seeking someone to replace him.
"As a volunteer, father and business owner, I've got a lot of things pulling on me," he says. "I think four years has been a good run and I'd love to find someone willing to put in the same level of effort and keep the ball rolling because we've got a good thing going on."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Poverty has tens of thousands of faces in Rhode Island. It's the face of 23 year old Maureen George, a resident of the Crossroads homeless shelter. "My mom died when I was 14 and I was living with family members," she says. "I used to be in state care and after state care there was nowhere to go so I came here."
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The head of the state's Coastal Resources Management Council said he will make sure fishermen are treated fairly as Deepwater Wind rolls out its proposal for 200 turbines off the Rhode Island, Massachusetts coast. State and federal officials meet Friday to discuss the plan.
Deepwater Wind wants to put 200 turbines 20 miles off the coast to provide electricity for the northeast. Coastal Resources Management Council Executive Director Grover Fugate said he wishes Deepwater Wind had started with smaller projects.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Deepwater Wind's proposal for an expanded wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island is getting praise from one environmental group.
Deepwater Wind has changed course on its plans to build a wind farm in federal waters between Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The company's latest proposal calls for building 200 turbines, that's twice as many as originally planned.
Jonathan Stone, executive director of Save The Bay, said he supports the larger project because of the economies of scale it promises.