Hopkinton, RI – Therapeutic Horseback riding has been around for decades. The practice has grown and now people with brain injuries, autism, alzheimers, multiple sclerosis and mental health issues are turning to horseback riding to improve their health and mobility. However, the medical community remains skeptical because there is a lack of scientific evidence of the therapeutic benefits. WRNI's Rachel Gotbaum reports on the efforts of In Harmony Therapeutic Riding in Hopkinton, RI.
Rhode Island – The United Way of Rhode Island has collected more that $1.8m for Station Nightclub fire victims.
This week, the focus for giving away the rest fo the money shifts from helpng with immediate expenses (funerals or one time mortgage payments) to long-term needs. But as WRNI's Martha Bebinger reports, fund advisors are still working to figure out what those needs are.
Newport – Since 1884, The Naval War College in Newport has offered courses in what it calls the art of war.
While technology has replaed the old method of moving toy ship across a map, the college still trains future leaders of the military by examining the wars of history. But what happens at a war college during a war? WRNI's Kelly McEvers visited the war college to find out.
Newport, RI – With war and Iraq and the creation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, there are new markets for business. An estimated 700 businesses, civic, and higher education leaders gathered for a business conference on Homeland Security in Newport Monday. Top defense officials said they are impressed with what Rhode Island has to offer.
wrni – Schools around Rhode Island are responding to the news of war in Iraq and the elevated homeland security advisory condition to 'orange'. Schools are reviewing and drilling safety proceedures that have been developed to cope with emergencies. The war has also been a topic of discussion in the classroom and has had an impact on school curriculum. Deborah Becker speaks with Richard Wheeler, Principal at Barrington Middle School about the effect recent events have had at his school.
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – The owners of a nightclub where 96 people perished in a fast-moving fire denied giving a rock band permission to use the fireworks blamed for setting off the blaze, although the band's singer insisted the use of pyrotechnics was approved.
Rhode Island Attorney General Patrick Lynch said Friday a criminal investigation was under way to determine if any charges should be filed in connection with the deadly inferno at The Station nightclub.
WEST WARWICK, R.I. (AP) – A Rhode Island nightclub erupted into flames during a pyrotechnics display at a rock concert, killing at least 39 people and injuring more than 150 as mobs of concertgoers frantically rushed to escape the raging fire.
At least 39 were confirmed dead, and the number was climbing rapidly as firefighters sifted through the rubble, West Warwick Town Manager Wolfgang Bauer said Friday morning.
Providence – A key supporter of the Heritage Harbor Museum of state history is withdrawing from the project, at a time of increasing concerns about its financial feasibility. Museum officials insist the decision by the Rhode Island Historical Society will not affect museum programs or its scheduled opening in late 2005.
WRNI – The number of national guardsmen and reserves being called up to fight a possible war with Iraq is swelling. Hundreds of them so far come from Rhode Island. The Department of Defense is considering a change in policy that would ease its reliance on reserve units. While some say the move will insure that reservists continue to re-enlist, others are doubtful the switch can happen without increasing the size of the military and its budget.