Providence, RI – NPR listeners know all too well that our nation is caught in a vise filled with all manner of domestic and international challenges and crises. War. Poverty. Hunger. Natural disasters. The list seems almost endless and has many of us thinking hard about what our nation's youth can do, individually and collectively, to help meet these challenges. That's certainly the case for Tim Rivinus.
U.S. – Imagine a labyrinth of marshy islands, accessible only by boat. Add a dose of choppy seas and surprise thunderstorms. Those are the conditions in which Margo Zdravkovic and her team from the Coastal Bird Conservation Program are searching for the Wilson's Plover, an eight-inch long bird.
"We'll swing out to where it's safe to pass those breakers and hopefully find what we're looking for," Zdravkovic says.
Providence, R.I. – The end of the homebuyer tax credit does not seem to have hurt real estate sales in Rhode Island.
The home buyer tax credit ended April 30th but May home sales in Rhode Island held their own. Single family home sales stayed about the same as they were a year ago but the median price rose five percent to nearly $200,000. Condo sales were up 22 percent and the median price rose 14 percent to $182,000.
Providence, R.I. – The swift passage of a law to legalize a limited number of consumer fireworks in Rhode Island has some fire and police officials complaining of confusion ahead of the Fourth of July holiday.
State police and fire officials said Monday they would still target people who improperly use fireworks, whether they're legal or not.
The law passed this month allows people to buy certain consumer fireworks, such as handheld and ground-based sparklers, without a permit.
Providence, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have climbed a penny to an average $2.75 for a gallon of regular unleaded. AAA Southern New England says on Monday that its weekly survey shows prices have ended a five-week downward trend.
The price in Rhode Island is two cents per gallon over the national average.It's five cents higher per gallon than at this time last year.
Fall River, MA – A 130-year-old lighthouse on the Taunton River is back up for sale after a failed deal to turn it into a brewery.
Michael Gabriel, a Nevada attorney, bid $55,000 on the Borden Flats Lighthouse last year, but claims that the General Services Administration has prevented him from closing on the 50-foot tower and two other lighthouses.