PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Bank owned properties or short sales now account for 37 percent of all real estate transactions in Rhode Island, according to Realty Trac, the nation's leading online marketplace for distressed properties.
That's the 4th highest percentage in the country - behind Nevada, Arizona and California. Realty Trac communications director Daren Blomquist says buyers are scooping up distressed properties at discounts ranging from 15 to 27 percent.
Providence, R.I. – A new community center aims to help teens connect with afterschool programs and other services. The Hub, located in a former garage on Providence's west side, is meant to be a gathering place for teens, community groups and other service providers. Director Damien Ewans says a staff of 10 high school students is helping him run the center.
Providence, R.I. – Standardized state tests known as the New England Common Assessment Program begin Friday in some Rhode Island public schools. Districts have until October 22nd to administer the annual exams, which cover English, writing and Mathematics.
Students from 3rd to 8th grade and 11th grade must take the tests. This is the first year that 11th graders must achieve a score of partially proficient or better under new state graduation requirements.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – $Two Rhode Islanders are among the 23 new MacArthur Foundation fellows. That means they'll each receive $500,000 to spend as they please.
Sebastian Ruth, a musician and the founder of Providence's Community Music Works and Nicholas Benson, a stone carver and owner of the John Stevens Shop in Newport were chosen for their creativity and potential for making important contributions in the future.
Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island soldier stationed at Fort Hood is suspected of killing his wife and then himself at their home on the Texas Army base.
The Army says 31-year-old Sgt. Michael Timothy Franklin and his wife Jessie Ann Franklin were found shot to death in their home Sunday. Fort Hood officials say circumstances are under investigation, but it appears Franklin shot his wife and then himself.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Island students posted small gains this year on the state test of science. But they still lag behind their peers in New Hampshire and Vermont who took the same test. Test scores were lowest for all states at the middle and high school level.
Less than a quarter of Rhode Island middle and high school students scored proficient or better on the state science test. The numbers were slightly higher than 2009, but state officials say they would like to see more improvement.