Providence, RI – Who hasn't had a close encounter or two with a remarkably exasperating, perhaps eccentric, relative -- that legendary family fixture who has an astonishing ability to push the proverbial envelope and test our patience? And then, as so often happens, this is the relative who, over time, manages somehow to seep into and truly touch our soul. This is what happened to Janine Weisman.
Central Falls, RI – By SCOTT MACKAY -- Central Falls is Rhode Island's poorest community. Its schools are wards of the state, unemployment is soaring and too many of the sturdy triple-deckers that have housed generations of immigrants are boarded up. But the saddest recent news in Central Falls is how its citizens are being betrayed by their leaders.
Providence, RI – Regulations designed to eliminate childhood lead poisoning go into effect this month. The change brings strict new requirements for building contractors, property owners, renovators and a host of others who work with lead paint.
While health advocates call the regulations long overdue, some contractors say the cost to comply is way too high.
At the New Hampshire Homebuilders Association, contractors are spreading large sheets of plastic over the floor.
Providence, RI – Janice Duclos, Fred Sullivan, Jr., and guest artist Nance Williamson join Curt Columbus and host Bob Seay to read and discuss:
* "Last Christmas of the War" by Primo Levi: Rare delicacies arrive at Auschwitz * "The Fruits of Family Trees" from Jonathan Safron Foer's Eating Animals: A new father considers his grandmother's legacy of cooking * "Enough" by Alice McDermott: A woman's appetites mark her life
Providence, RI – The Encore Awards back after taking a year off. Tonight, the Arts and Business Council of Rhode Island will honor those who have distinguished themselves in the worlds of art and business. WRNI's Bob Seay reports.
Providence – Teams from the state Department of Education are meeting this week to craft Rhode Island's second attempt at the federal Race to the Top competition. To win a grant, they must have a workable plan for raising student achievement and lowering the gap between urban and suburban students.
And this time they'd like to have teachers on board - the biggest loss of points in round one came from a lack of teacher support.
HOUSTON – Reuters) - The Coast Guard said five times as much oil as previously estimated was leaking from a well beneath the site of a deadly drilling rig explosion as the slick threatened wide-scale coastal damage for four Gulf Coast states.
The Coast Guard said on Wednesday that London-based BP Plc -- the owner of the well who is financially responsible for the cleanup -- found a third leak in a well 5,000 feet under the sea off Louisiana's coast.
Providence – This past weekend, more than 200 people from around the world gathered in Warwick to talk and learn about medical marijuana. It was the sixth National Clinical Conference on Cannabis Therapeutics, co-sponsored by the Rhode Island State Nurses Association and group called Patients Out of Time.
Phillipe Lucas, with the Center for Addictions Research of British Columbia, imagines what many outsider might think is going on here at the Clinical conference on cannabis therapeutics.