Providence, RI – "When we came in here it was very rough, so I've redone the kitchen and bathroom," says William Felkner, founder of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute, during a tour of his office. "I feel like I'm on a home network show. But that's pretty much the office."
Felkner founded OSPRI in 2007. Because of its improbable location, it quickly became associated with the name John Galt, a symbol of capitalist power in conservative icon Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged.
Providence, RI – So far, the Assembly has elected a new Speaker, Rep. Gordon Fox of Providence, and held a slew of hearings. Saints Patrick and Joseph have been toasted, the local basketball teams have been honored and several sessions were cancelled while half the state was under water.
Providence, RI – His letters to his parents during the six months he spent there form the basis of "Hidden Letters," a book written by his first cousin, Deborah Slier, who spoke at Providence's annual Holocaust Remembrance event a the Temple Emnauel yesterday.
"It is important to stand up and be counted," she said. "It is important to help your neighbor."
West Warwick, RI – "I still have nightmares," she said. "And actually every time I step foot in the school, it actually has affected me."
The damage is considerable. A layer of black sludge covers the floors, which will probably have to be replaced. Earlier this week, teachers wearing masks and plastic bags over their shoes picked through the wreckage to see what they could salvage. One teacher says she lost everything in her first grade classroom.
Providence, RI – One of the joys of living in Rhode Island is that we're surrounded by remarkably creative artists and their often provocative words, images, and sounds. As Lynnie Gobeille tells us, sometimes we can find the fruits of artists' labor in some very unlikely spots in the Ocean State.
Cranston, RI – "We've been here since 1960, and we never had a puddle in our driveway," Schoeninger says.
Now, though, Schoeninger is wrestling with sadness and anger while trying to oversee the cleanup from the flood. His is just one of a string of industrial businesses along Worthington Road in Cranston.
"The inside of my building filled up with six feet of water," he says breaking down. "I lost everything. My business is done."
Providence, RI – Federal officials declared the entire Ocean State a disaster area following last week's flooding. That should provide aid for thousands of Rhode Islanders who now face the daunting task of rebuilding. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison reports.