Providence, R.I. – At the JamStage in Pawtucket, six bands spent a week rocking out. They wrote new songs, worked on their technique, and made silk-screened shirts with logos across the front. Typical band behavior, except that these band members were 27 girls ages 11 to 18 - many of whom had never played an instrument before. They were part of Rhode Island's first rock n roll camp for girls. WRNI's Megan Hall packed her ear plugs and prepared this report.
Providence, R.I. – Proving how fast a summer can fly by, Theatre by the Sea in Matunuck has already opened its third show of a four-production season. It's "Little Shop of Horrors" and Bill Gale has the review.
EDITOR'S NOTE: "Little Shop of Horrors" continues at Theatre by the Sea through August first. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for WRNI.
Providence, R.I. – We continue our series of interviews with the candidates for Rhode Island's first congressional district seat with Republican state Representative John Loughlin. In this year's general election, Loughlin is expected to face one of four Democrats: Providence Mayor David Cicilline, former state Democratic Chairman Bill Lynch or state Representative David Segal. Loughlin sat down with WRNI's Scott MacKay for an interview on a range of issues.
Providence, R.I. – The candidates for governor touched on taxes, budget deficits and immigration during a forum at a Providence retirement community.
General Treasurer Frank Caprio is the only Democrat left in the race since Attorney General Patrick Lynch quit last week. During yesterday's forum, Republican John Robitaille said it would be dangerous to have both the executive and legislative branches controlled by one party. Moderate Party candidate Ken Block said Caprio would be a ``machine-anointed'' governor if he were elected.
Providence, R.I. – Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is laying off 58 employees and cutting 45 other positions. Blue Cross and Blue Shield employs more than 1,000 local residents.
The layoffs come less than a month after Blue Cross received a 9.8 percent rate increase. The company had requested increases around 13 percent. Blue Cross Blue Shield reported a one hundred-million dollar loss in 2009.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island's state standards for English and math are not challenging enough, according to a Fordham Institute report out today. But the report grades the state's new national standards more favorably.