Providence, R.I. – Earlier this week, investors were shocked by news that there had been a 27 percent drop in the sale of single family homes in July. Now we're learning that in Rhode Island the collapse was even worse.
Rhode Island home sales fell 34 percent in July, seven percent more than the national decrease. But the median price increased eight percent because far fewer distressed properties are on the market.
Providence, R.I. – Woonsocket officials continue to defend a contested uniform policy for the city's school district and vow to uphold students' free speech rights.
City school officials say they will not enforce a new uniform policy for the first 30 days of the new school year in response to a legal challenge of the policy filed by the American Civil Liberties Union.
Providence, R.I. – Hearings begin today in a legal challenge to a new mandatory uniform policy in Woonsocket schools. State officials hope to move quickly to resolve the dispute.
An officer from the state Department of Education will hear arguments in the case, which centers on the constitutionality of mandatory school uniforms. Woonsocket's policy requires students at all grade levels to wear black or khaki pants, and plain maroon or gray shirts.
Providence, R.I. – A Rhode Island attorney and a businessman accused of acting as middlemen in a North Providence corruption scheme have pleaded not guilty to federal charges of conspiracy, attempted extortion and delivering a bribe.
Seventy-seven-year-old Robert Ciresi and 73-year-old Edward Imondi are also accused of pocketing part of the bribes they delivered to three former North Providence town councilmen. The five suspects remain free on unsecured bond.
Providence, R.I. – For the group Notable Works, musical perfection isn't necessarily the goal. The classical group also aims to use its music to promote awareness for social issues like homelessness and environmentalism. WRNI's Bob Seay reports.
Providence, R.I. – Rhode Island celebrates today the 90th anniversary of the amendment giving women the right to vote. This morning, the Preservation Society of Newport collaborated with the Rhode Island Women's Fund, among others, to host an event at the Marble House. The house was once owned by famous suffragette Alva Vanderbilt Belmont. Marcia Con , executive director of the Women's Fund, says that a variety of notable women, including former state senator June Gibbs and Rhode Island poet laureate Lisa Starr, spoke at the event.