Rhode Island government remained open Tuesday, although stepped up security was placed in effect in reaction to apparent terrorist attacks in New York and Washingon D.C.

?There?s nothing known at this time that would make Rhode Island a target of any terrorist activities, but that doesn?t mean we shouldn?t be on alert,? said Governor Lincoln Almond.

Providence – Reporters and photographers at the Providence Journal will not be put their names on their work this week. They are staging a byline and credit strike in another attempt to force more contract negotiations with the newspaper.

State Representative Antonio Pires is accusing House Speaker John Harwood of removing him from his position as chairman of the House Finance Committee to expand his power. In an interview with WRNI's Deborah Becker this morning, Pires dismissed suggestions his possible campaign for governor was the reason for the move. Pires says he refused to resign from the post and that his relationship with Harwood is now strained.

    Providence – The Gravity Games drew large crowds to Providence this week. The crowds were diverse. But the target audience of the games-- young people under 30-- outnumbered others. WRNI's Av Harris has this profile of extreme sport's most dedicated fans.

      Teachers in Narragansett have accepted a one year contract extension. They voted this morning to accept a deal hammered out earlier in the morning. Orientation sessions for teachers were planned today. Classes begin on Tuesday.

      Both sides met Saturday and Sunday, after Washington Superior Court Judge Ronald Gagnon ordered more talks on Friday. Gagnon had indicated he was likely to order teachers back to work, if a deal were not struck.

      Rhode Island has more women than men than any other state in the country, according to U.S. Census data released today.

      Narragansett teachers and school administrators will be back at the bargaining table this weekend and back in court on Monday.

      A Washington County Superior Court judge recessed a hearing Friday afternoon on whether to order teachers back to work without a decision. He ordered both sides to negotiate further during the weekend. The hearing is scheduled to resume on Monday.

      Earlier in the day, Judge Ronald Gagnon refused to step down, even though he admits that he views teacher strikes as a nuissance.

        Providence – The man released after spending almost two decades in prison is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Rhode Island Hospital. Kenneth Waters was found unconscious after he apparently fell from a 15 foot high fence in Providence Thursday night. A hospital spokeswoman said Waters was listed in critical condition this morning. Six months ago, Waters was freed from a Massachusetts prison after his sister discovered new DNA evidence that exonerated him.

          There were no classes in two Rhode Island communities Thursday, where teachers are without contracts. In Narragansett, teachers returned to picket lines after unsuccessful talks last night. In Middletown, classes had been scheduled to begin today, but school officials cancelled classes, because teachers were on strike.

          Providence – Rhode Island's largest ballet company is taking what it hopes is a big leap forward. Festival Ballet of Rhode Island has borrowed $600,000 to buy and renovate new studios in Providence that open next week. The move is designed to help the company promote dance in the state and enhance its own reputation throughout New England. WRNI?s Martha Bebinger reports:

            Volunteers in Rhode Island have spent the summer taking nets and baggies to the state?s wetlands. They hunt for dragonflies as part of a five year state survey organized by the Nature Conservancy. The conservancy uses dragonfly data to identify land worth protecting from development. So far, volunteers have helped identify 15 new species in Rhode Island, bringing the total to 133. WRNI?s Ellen Liberman tagged along with one of the project?s most dedicated volunteers.

              Narragansett – Narragansett teachers returned to picket lines on Wednesday, the first scheduled day of classes. No new negotiations between teachers and school administrators were scheduled. The next time teachers and school officials are expected to meet is Friday in court.

              A judge has scheduled a hearing in Washington Superior Court Friday morning to decide whether teachers are conducting an illegal strike and should be ordered back to work. Narragansett school officials expected to receive that order.

              Providence – State and city officials say they will do whatever they can to keep the Gravity Games in Providence after this year.

              Officials from N.B.C. Sports and the Gravity Games say development plans in the city may jeopardize some of the key skateboarding and dirt bike racing venues. City officials promise to find comprable sites.

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