Providence, R.I. – The group that opened the Democracy Prep Charter School in Cumberland is looking to expand and bring a new charter school operator into the state.
Democracy Prep opened last year as the state's first mayoral academy. That means it operates completely outside of union contract rules. Now organizers are moving to build a network of similar schools.
Providence, R.I. – It was the first time the four candidates for the first district congressional seat shared a stage in a debate forum. The location: The Providence Performing Arts Center. The sponsor: WPRI Television.
Host Tim White asked the candidates if to reduce the national deficit they would support raising the Social Security retirement age to 70. Providence Mayor David Cicilline said "we have to study it but we made a commitment to the American people we need to keep that commitment."
Providence, R.I. – We resume our series of interviews with candidates for political office in Rhode Island. Today: the second Congressional District and incumbent Congressman James Langevin.
A Warwick Democrat, the 46-year old Langevin is seeking his sixth term in the House. Langevin is a member of the Armed Services Committee and a graduate of Rhode Island College and Harvard University. He's also served as a state representative and Rhode Island secretary of state.
Providence, R.I. – The U.S. Senate is back to work following a week long vacation and some unfinished business awaits their action. That's the business of extending unemployment benefits for another six months.
More than two million people have had their benefits cut off in the six weeks since lawmakers began debating the bill. And for some in Rhode Island the situation is becoming desperate. WRNI's Flo Jonic introduces us to one such woman.
Providence, R.I. – Advocates for the prevention of domestic violence warn the state is on pace to see the highest number of domestic violence deaths ever record in a single year.
The Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence says seven people have died as a result of domestic violence so far this year. The group says if that pace continues, it will surpass all previous yearly totals since it began keeping records 30 years ago.
Providence, R.I. – Despite the state's deep fiscal crisis, a Republican candidate for governor says military veterans and senior citizens deserve a tax break. John Robitaille, who is himself a former army captain, told a group of veterans last week that the state doesn't do enough to help veterans and senior citizens.