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The Narragansett Bay Commission Monday commissioned its three new wind turbines that are expected to provide nearly half the electricity needed to power its Fields Point wastewater treatment plant.
An unexpected death of an inmate at the Wyatt Detention center is currently under investigation.
Traffic is moving again on the Sakonnet River Bridge after a multi-car crash, including police cruisers, caused a pileup Monday morning.
The first weekend of December marked a tough weekend for state and local police on the roads.
Fall River Mayor William Flanagan held a Christmas tree lighting on Saturday for Fall River residents and Rhode Islanders after he says he feels Rhode Islanders were “gypped” by Governor Lincoln Chafee’s hasty tree lighting.
For Cumulus Community, Join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks with Dave Vallee of the National Weather Service, a local hurricane expert, discussing the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.
A new bridge in East Providence has been completed more than a year ahead of schedule.
Terri Serra, a former Chariho School Committee member has been found not guilty on a charge of failure to render aid and no verdict was released on the charge of violating the state’s social host law.
Bishop Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Providence criticized Governor Lincoln Chafee for his hasty lighting of the State House ‘holiday tree’ on Thursday afternoon.
Passengers aboard the first Jet Blue Airways flight to T.F. Green Airport Wednesday were met by Patriots cheerleaders, a band and handshakes from Governor Lincoln Chafee, as the low-fare airline began daily flights to and from Florida.
Bishop Tobin of the Roman Catholic Diocese in Providence criticized Governor Lincoln Chafee for his hasty lighting of the State House ‘holiday tree’ on Thursday afternoon.
Rhode Island School of Design has been ranked the number one school in the world for Design by Business Insider.
After a surprise “holiday” tree lighting by Governor Lincoln Chafee at the State House on Thursday, Representative Doreen Costa has announced she will host a Christmas Party for the public at the State House on Wednesday December 5.
The Director of the Rhode Island Parole Board admits that public pressure was a factor in the Parole Board’s decision to revisit the Parole they granted to a man convicted of committing a “thrill kill” in 1999.
A Rhode Island fugitive wanted for murder was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday by U.S. Marshals.
This week for theHummel Report The Fire Marshall in Pawtucket is now under investigation by the city's police department after Jim Hummel discovers he put his girlfriend's daughter on his taxpayer-funded Blue Cross family plan in 2011. Hear the fire marshal's explanation - and the mayor's reaction to what we found.
Rhode Island's troubled economy is like "somebody on life support", says University of Rhode Island President David Dooley.
Rhode Islanders are looking to get lucky. With the Powerball Jackpot at a record high of $500 million people are rushing to the stores to buy Powerball tickets.
People in East Bay communities will have their chance to voice their opinions on the toll proposal for the new Sakonnet River Bridge next week.
Community members are angry after the Rhode Island Parole Board has agreed to release a man convicted of a “thrill” kill from prison on parole over a decade before his sentence is over.
Rhode Island’s Central Landfill in Johnston has made Southern New England’s “Dirty Dozen” list compiled by Toxics Actions Center, an environmental non-profit organization.
Saying toy donations are down this year, the U.S. Marines are urging Rhode Islanders to donate to their annual Toys for Tots program, either with toys or cash to help make the holidays bright for needy children.
Hasbro is gearing up for the holidays by donating thousands of toys for children in need across Rhode Island.
The owner of a local Christmas light display in Warwick is upset after he says his charitable donation bin for the Make-A-Wish Foundation was robbed last night.
It’s still a holiday tree. Returning to his office Tuesday after a trade mission to France, Governor Lincoln Chafee said he is not backing down from calling the State House spruce a 'holiday tree', despite protests last year.
Four Police Officers are in trouble in North Providence after making teen pranksters do pushups by the side of the road but the parent of one of the teens said she is glad the officer's taught her son a lesson.
Let there be light. Governor Lincoln Chafee’s office will host a tree lighting ceremony at the State House to celebrate the holidays rescinding an earlier announcement that there would be no tree lighting as a result of last year’s controversy.
Ant’ny Claus, that Italian-American Rho-di-land-uh who took the reins of Santa’s sleigh last year in “Ant’ny Claus: A Dysfunctional Family Christmas” is back this year in “Ant’ny Claus 2: A Dysfunctional Family Sequel.”
There will be no tree lighting ceremony at the Statehouse this year. Governor Lincoln Chafee’s spokeswoman said the Governor has decided not to host the annual tree lighting after controversy over what to call the tree plagued the 2011 ceremony.
Just when the Rhode Island Hostess Outlet and Thrift Store in Warwick thought they had seen their last Hostess product, the store got a delivery on 5,000 snack cakes from Hostess and Drakes.
Rhode Island State Police report nine arrests for drunken driving over the long Thanksgiving Holiday weekend, while their counterparts in Massachusetts report 13 drunk driving arrests Friday and Saturday nights on Routes 24 and 195.
Rhode Island State Police have partnered with the Providence Police and the local non-profit group, Children’s Friend to kick off Law Enforcement Week in Rhode Island classrooms.
Monday is Education Commissioner Deborah Gist’s first day back on the job after undergoing brain surgery in September.
Four police officers in North Providence will face disciplinary action after an incident where they ordered a group of mischievous teenagers to do pushups on the side of the road was caught on film.
I think most (if not all) actors have a soft spot in their jaded little hearts for Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” Why? Because it’s something most of us have done a half a dozen (or more) times in our careers.
Protesters rallied at Walmart stores across Southeastern New England and around the country, using "Black Friday" to press their call that the retail giant improve pay, benefits and treatment of its employees.
The Rhode Island State Police are warning Rhode Islanders to be safe this holiday season and not to drink and drive.
An early morning fire at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Woonsocket has left parishioners and community members heartbroken.
Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will return to work on a full-time basis as of November 26 after undergoing brain surgery.
A Massachusetts woman is taking some heat after publishing a photo of herself making an offensive gesture in front of a sign at Arlington National Cemetery.
Rhode Island’s own Miss U.S.A Olivia Culpo needs your help to be a contestant in the Miss Universe pageant.
Stadium Elementary School in Cranston is taking some heat after a substitute teacher forced two students to go outside without their coats on as a punishment.
The iconic Big Blue Bug has officially been lit for the holiday season. This is a special year for the bug, it is celebrating it’s 20th ceremonial lighting. And it was lit by a very special organization, the Katie DeCubellis Memorial Foundation.
An antelope that escaped Monday while being tranquilized at a rural Rhode Island farm could pose a deadly theat to humans, who might shoot the exotic Nilgai, mistaking it for a deer.
Rhode Island regulators order a compounding pharmacy in South Kingstown to stop what the state calls the illegal manufacturing and distribution of medications.
Mayor Angel Taveras is urging holiday shoppers to buy art, and to buy it locally this season.
More than 50 protestors marched to the State House in Providence late Monday afternoon, calling for the state to issue driver's licenses to illegal immigrants.
There has been a significant increase in the number of Rhode Islanders who need to take advantage of local food pantries since 2011.
Warwick Police are investigating what it appears the apparent suicide of a 58-year-old city man as he was being evicted from his home.
U.S. lawmakers are calling on Egypt and Turkey to take a central role in helping to end the bloody conflict in the Middle East, with one influential senator going so far as to say that American aid dollars were at risk if Egypt didn't reign in Hamas militants.
It might be over for Hostess but the Twinkie may survive. Hostess Brands Inc. will appear in bankruptcy court on Monday in New York City to start the process of selling its assets.
Rhode Island National Guard soldiers returned home just in time for the holidays. Infantry Regiment 1 1/43rd were welcomed home by family and friends on Friday night at the Quonset Point State Airport. They had been deployed in Afghanistan for the past year.
For Cumulus Community, Join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks with Neil Steinberg, President and CEO, of the Rhode Island Foundation discussing the group's efforts to accelerate economic development through its Make It Happen conference.
Rhode Island retailers think it’s time that the state General Assembly repeal the blue law that requires they be closed on Thanksgiving.
“Do you ever get tired of telling people what art is?” “No, not ever.” That’s pretty much the plotline of Red now playing at the Sandra Feinstein Gamm Theatre. A two person cast of comprised of Gamm favorite Marc Mancini and Trinity Company member Fred Sullivan, Jr.
Recipe's from members of the Matt Allen family.
Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Mark Zaccaria announced he will be stepping aside as party chair.
The Rhode Island mall is back from the dead. To many Rhode Islander’s chagrin the mall closed in April 2011 but now Winstanley Enterprises, LLC. of Concord, MA and Surrey Equities, LLC. of New York, NY have acquired the historic mall and are bringing it back to life.
Rhode Island State Representative Edith Ajello is renewing her efforts to legalize pot in the Ocean State. Although the issue is visited by the state representative each session this year with legalize pot ballot initiative passing in both Washington and Colorado there may be more of an appetite for the measure.
Not only will the Providence Place Mall be lighting up the Christmas tree inside the mall this holiday season, they will also be lighting up the parking garage.
This week for theHummel Report Eleven months ago the head of the Providence Water Supply Board (and second-highest paid employee in the city) was terminated, with ratepayers shelling out a quarter of a million dollars to buy out her contract. But the reason for her firing remains a mystery as officials have steadfastly refused to talk about it.
Hundreds of job seekers lined up to submit applications Wednesday as the Twin River slots parlor in Lincoln says it will add 350 jobs when it begins casino operations in 2013.
The Rhode Island Department of Health (HEALTH) says a new survey they conducted reveals that the majority of Rhode Islanders support smoke-free outdoor areas.
A man who was busted last week for running a large marijuana growing operation has been discovered to be a Johnston firefighter who was on leave due to injury and Johnston Mayor Joseph Polisena says he is “disgusted.”
A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday marked a much anticipated revitilzation of a key property on Providence's Southside.
Two Rhode Island based companies teamed up to create a 100% locally produced cheese. Narragansett Creamery and Rhody Fresh debuted the Butterkase cheese on Tuesday afternoon.
In a 5 p.m. piece on yesterday’s evening news in Denver Colorado, the staff committed a major news blunder when discussing General Petraeus’s affair with Paula Broadwell.
A vacant house in Fall River that neighbors complain has been a hotbed of crime and a nuisance was demolished on Tuesday morning.
Rhode Island State Troopers have stepped up and shipped out to New Jersey to lend their fellow State Police brothers some help in the wake of the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy.
The sex scandal that led to CIA Director David Petraeus' downfall widened Tuesday with word the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan is under investigation for alleged "inappropriate communications" with another woman involved in the case.
Cumulus Media along with the Quidnessett Country Club and With Heart and Soul attracted over two hundred people young and old to it’s staple Veteran’s Day event, the Women Warrior’s Luncheon.
Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) is taking himself out of consideration to succeed disgraced former CIA Director David Petraeus, or Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta who is expected to bow out of the Obama administration as the President begins a second term.
After a fire caused by a banana truck accident left the historic Old Grist Mill in Seekonk in ashes the state of Massachusetts will install a traffic light at the intersection to prevent future calamities.
Just a little over a week after winning approval to have table games at Twin River Slot Parlor the state’s soon to be only full-scale casino will hold a job fair this week to recruit dealers and table game managers.
Vice President Joe Biden’s youngest son Hunter is joining the Navy and as part of his training will spend two weeks in Rhode Island.
After General David Petraeus’s shocking resignation from his position as Director of the CIA after admitting an extra-marital affair, the country is wondering who might be tapped to fill the position.
The Hiring Our Heroes job fair was held at the Community College of Rhode Island in Warwick on Friday afternoon. The event is held to help veterans, those currently serving and military spouses find work.
A woman who became stuck in a narrow, 8-inch gap between two buildings in Providence early Friday was freed by firefighters.
Hundreds of people donated clothing, cash and other household items Friday for shipment over the weekend to storm-ravaged areas in New York and New Jersey.
Rhode Island had the second highest voter turnout of all time on Tuesday’s Election Day.
Senate President Teresa Pavia-Weed has been voted in for a third term as president by the Senate Democratic Caucus.
The State of Rhode Island is asking the Rhode Island Supreme Court to block a decision by Superior Court Justice Sarah Taft-Carter to not recuse herself from the case challenging the state’s recently passed Pension Overhaul plan.
While word is that RI Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is on the shortlist for U.S. Attorney General, it seems that RI’s Senior Senator Jack Reed is also on a presidential appointment short list.
An emergency hearing about the Monet Lounge was held on Thursday afternoon. Chairman of the Board of Licenses Andrew Annaldo says he called the meeting because he felt the conditions given to the club to reopen were not adequate regarding public safety.
The results of Tuesday's election represent "a progressive watershed", according to an official with the American Civil Liberties Union at the group's Washington headquarters.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said what happened at the Juanita Sanchez School polling location on Election Day was unacceptable.
Cumulus Media and the Quidnessett Country Club will be hosting the second annual Women’s Warrior Luncheon to benefit Operation Stand Down Rhode Island. Ticket information, here.
The much anticipated Nordstrom Rack opened its doors at the Warwick Mall today. The plans for the store were originally announced last December.
Just a little over a week after Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on Rhode Island coasts Rhode Islanders have been hit with the first nor’easter of the year dropping 4 inches of snow on some areas.
This week for theHummel Report we go inside a school like no other in Rhode Island: a non-profit gender-specific middle school for 60 girls, grades 5-8, whose families are living near the poverty-level - many with single-parent households. And as Jim Hummel finds, the private non-denominational academy has seen impressive results.
David Cicilline thanked voters Wednesday, one day after 1st District Rhode Island voters returned the Providence Democrat to Congress for a second term in a convincing win over Republican Brendan Doherty.
A day after a crushing defeat in the Congressional District One race, Republican candidate Brendan Doherty is not ruling out a possible run for governor in 2014.
After towns received the wrong ballots in two communities and there was election nigh chaos in Providence Secretary of State Ralph Mollis said it might be time to consider putting the Board of Election under the control of the Secretary of State.
The tiny GOP presence in the Rhode Island General Assembly is shrinking as three Senate Republicans and one State Representative have fallen to their Democratic opponents.
In what was originally thought to be one of the closest Congressional races in recent Rhode Island history Democratic Congressman David Cicilline defeated his Republican challenger, former State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty.
In the state’s 2nd Congressional District, Incumbent James Langevin defeated Republican Michael Riley and Independent Abel Collins.
Casino gambling in Rhode Island has been approved. Voters approved ballot question one allowing the Twin River expand to a full casino with table games. Newport Grand was not so lucky, prevailing state wide but failing to gain support from Newport voters.
U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has defeated his Republican challenger Barry Hinckley. Whitehouse had the advantage from the start over Hinckley a political new comer from Newport. Whitehouse had a much larger campaign war chest and wide spread name recognition.
And they're off… Congressman Cicilline and Republican Challenger Brendan Doherty have both cast their ballots in what promises to be one of the closest Congressional races Rhode Island has seen in years. Video included.
Election Day is not off to a good start at one South Kingstown polling location. Voters who arrived for the opening of the polls at 7 a.m. at West Kingstown Elementary School were surprised when they were given a North Kingstown ballot.
Congressman David Cicilline and challenger Brendan Doherty spent Monday meeting voters face-to-face, in a last minute effort to shore up their candidacies.
Democratic U.S. Senate challenger Elizabeth Warren Monday rallied supporters Monday in Fall River, on the eve of her electoral face off with incumbent Republican Scott Brown.
It’s the time of year again… almost and to start it off Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts has launched Operation Holiday Cheer 2012. Joined by Major General Kevin McBride, community sponsors and one of the recipients of a 2011 care package Master Sergeant Joseph Jenkins, Roberts announced the start of the initiative on Monday at the National Guard Armory in Warwick.
President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney made last-minute pleas for votes Monday, employing their last vestiges of energy, celebrity boosters and plenty of jet fuel to encourage every supporter and the few remaining undecideds to tip the 2012 election in their favor. With Interactive.
A list of General Assmebly races to watch on election day.
A RIPTA bus driver has been arrested by East Providence police for an alleged first and second degree sexual assault on a passenger.
City leaders in Newport say 2 million dollars of damage has been done to the famous Cliff Walk as a result of Hurricane Sandy.
Less than 24-hours until the polls open and all eyes in Rhode Island are on the First Congressional District as former State Police Superintendent Brendan Doherty attempts to oust incumbent Congressman David Cicilline.
The promotional material calls Amy Grant the queen of Christian pop. “I just call myself a songwriter,” says Grant. “If I’m sitting on a place next to someone, I say I’m a songwriter.”
It’s a boy announced firefighters from an ambulance on the side of the road in Western Coventry on Friday. The firefighters who were transporting a women in labor to the hospital had to pull over on Harney Hill road and deliver the baby when it became clear that the infant would not wait until they made it to the hospital to be born.
In the House District 46 race things are getting ugly between two of the candidates in the four way race. Despite threats of a defamation lawsuit by her opponent, Republican Matthew Guerra, Maryanne Shallcross-Smith, an independent, will not back down on attacks which Guerra claims are baseless and false.
Providence public safety officials joined with John Arvantis, special agent in charge of the New England Field Division of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, and the U.S. Attorney to announce the largest heroin bust in Rhode Island history where 42 pounds (19 Kilos) of heroin valuing $4.5 million was seized.
Shaw’s Supermarket will be reducing its store-level workforce across New England by 700 jobs.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has sent out a message endorsing Speaker of the House Gordon Fox in his re-election bid.
After exhausting all legal avenues in Rhode Island’s court convicted murderer Craig Price will continue his legal battle to be released from prison in Federal Court.
In the final debate before the election, Democratic Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican challenger Barry Hinckley met at Rhode Island College to gain a boost before November 6. Both candidates took the stage wearing almost identical outfits.
At 2:00 p.m. on Friday property owners in most parts of Misquamicut will be allowed to enter into area
In a final campaign effort Congressman David Cicilline was joined by fellow Rhode Island Democratic leaders at a Thursday campaign rally.
WPRO contributor and local comedian Frank O’Donnell will debut his photography at State Right Studio in Woonsocket on Friday November 2.
The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation has filed suit in Rhode Island Superior Court against Former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling, Former EDC director Keith Stokes, and several other architects of the 38 Studios $75 million dollar loan guarantee deal.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation released the following series of photos of the damage to the Rhode Island coast line from Monday's Storm. The images feature aerial photographs of the damage to the state's coastal communities.
The House District 46 race in Lincoln and Pawtucket is getting heated has one candidate is threatening to sue another for “malicious and libelous” attacks.
Brown University is investigating after a student fell from a third floor dorm room window.
In New Jersey, the devastation along the shore for Hurricane Sandy is shocking, to say the least.
According to a new WPRI-TV poll if the election for Governor in Rhode Island for 2014 17.5% of people would vote to re-elected Governor Lincoln Chafee.
With the damage from Hurricane Sandy the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office is warning individuals to watch out for price gouging and unscrupulous contractors.
Westerly has postponed trick-or-treating until November 3 because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.
Power is back on for most of northern Rhode Island and National Grid is beginning to move most of its resources to South County communities that were hardest hit during Hurricane Sandy.
Narragansett Police have stepped up patrols near the Coast Guard House in Narragansett after a looter stole from the storm damaged restaurant Monday night.
With just a week to go before the election Congressman David Cicilline and Republican challenger Brendan Doherty are neck-and-neck according to a WPRI-TV poll.
Areas of Matunuck and Misquamicut have been heavily damage by the storm.
A man was murdered in Westerly on Monday while super storm Sandy started to roll in.
The co-owners of the iconic Coast Guard House in Narragansett say the restaurant is a total loss but they will rebuild.
National Grid is working to restore power to about 111,000 people however the company says some people may be without power for “several days.”
Governor Lincoln Chafee is rejoicing in the aftermath of Sandy saying Rhode Islanders “were spared to a great extent.”
In the capital city of Providence, the hurricane barrier is said to have performed well during the storm sucessfully holding back water.
Sandy has been downgraded from a hurricane as the storm slammed the New Jersey coast. The storm, which is now described as a wintry hybrid, brought a tidal surge to the Rhode Island coast but the extent of the damage has not yet been assessed.
People in Narragansett have gathered to watch to aggressive storm waves as they surge over the wall.
The Barrington and Warren Police have closed the Warren Bridge to through traffic because of dangerous high tides.
As Rhode Island heads into the height of the storm Rhode Islanders are warned to stay home and off the roadways, make emergency accommodations, and be prepared to be without power.
National Grid will continue to dispatch crews to address area power outages throughout the day until conditions get unsafe for works.
East Providence officials are suggesting people in low lying areas move to higher ground as a tidal surge is expected at high tide.
Rhode Island Officials including Governor Lincoln Chafee, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Senator Jack Reed toured Narragansett Monday to find areas most susceptible to the storm.
Effective at 1 p.m. on Monday the state of Connecticut will be closing its highways to all passenger and commercial vehicles.
As Rhode Island begins to feel the effects of Sandy 2,679 people are already without power as of 10:15a.m. on Monday.
For those concerned about loved ones in other states or areas during the storm the Red Cross ‘has an app for that.
As weather conditions including gale force winds and heavy rains worsen RIPTA will suspend all statewide services by at noon on Monday.
Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered all non-essential state offices and agencies closed on Monday as Hurricane Sandy rolls in.
Real time closings and delay listings of Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts schools and businesses.
Bristol, Westerly, South Kingstown, and Narragansett have all ordered major, mandatory evacuations.
Westerly has ordered mandatory evacuations in Misquamicut and areas of Watch Hill, Weekapaug, and Avondale as Hurricane Sandy threatens the coast with tidal surges.
Governor Lincoln Chafee has declared a State of Emergency for Rhode Island in the face of Hurricane Sandy.
Forecasters are warning Hurricane Sandy will bring potentially destructive weather to Rhode Island, despite an expect landfall on New Jersey's coast.
The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. (INTERACTIVE INCLUDED)
Congressman David Cicilline criticized his Republican opponent Brendan Doherty for supporting a pro-oil drilling bill at a Friday news conference.
The U.S. Coast Guard is searching for a possible person in the water in Mount Hope Bay after an unmanned boat was found near the Rhode Island and Massachusetts border.
A night time shooting on Thursday in Providence marks the capital city’s 17th murder of the year.
As Rhode Islanders gear up for what is expected to be a monster of a storm next week there is one threat that many people may have forgot about; pests.
The pre-Halloween hybrid weather monster that federal forecasters call "Frankenstorm" is looking more ominous by the hour for the East Coast, and utilities and local governments are getting ready. (INTERACTIVE INCLUDED)
A couple from Block Island was killed when the small plane they were in crashed into a portion of Interstate 93 North in Hooksett New Hampshire on Thursday around 1 p.m.
After a black bear was sighted roaming around local communities the Department of Environmental Management has released a guide on how to “live with bears.”
A radio advertisement airing on WPRO-AM has been launched by an anonymous group that attacks House Speaker Gordon Fox.
As news of Hurricane Sandy possibly making its way up the East Coast the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is not taking any chances.
According to a report compiled by Wealth-X the richest person on the State of Rhode Island is Jonathan Nelson, CEO of Providence Equity Partners.
In Wednesday evening’s Congressional District One debate between Congressman David Cicilline and Republican Brendan Doherty on WPRO, Doherty accused Cicilline of breaking a promise to the Rhode Island Fisherman’s Alliance.
A command post has been set up at Oakland Beach in Warwick as rescue crews search for a small plane that may have crash in the water off of Greenwich Bay.
Tensions were high at the WPRO Studios as Congressman David Cicilline and Republican Brendan Doherty met for the only live radio debate.
This week for theHummel Report Affordable housing is a hot-button issue for several communities in Rhode Island, some struggling to meet state mandates set nearly a decade ago. This week Jim Hummel looks at one affluent community where affordable housing has become a controversial topic - but not for the reasons you might think.
The Doherty campaign is questioning whether Congressman Cicilline engaged in “pay-to-play” politics when he was Mayor of Providence based on information that shows Cicilline accepted campaign contributions from the owner of the Cadillac Lounge shortly before the club was granted a liquor license.
Charges have been dropped against a man who was accused of vandalizing a sign at a North Smithfield mosque on Sayles Hill Rd.
Lions, and tigers, and bears, Oh my! Okay, so no lions and tigers but a black bear has been sighted roaming the streets of a Cranston neighborhood and the Department of Environmental Management is keeping a close eye on the situation.
In a debate centered solely on the issues U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican Challenger Barry Hinckley squared off in the first televised debate on WPRI-TV.
The Doherty for Congress campaign is taking Congressman David Cicilline to task for “accepting approximately $12,000 in campaign contributions from individuals engaged in Rhode Island’s sex industry in recent years.”
A kick-off Tuesday to a campaign for Question 4 on the November state ballot, which calls for a $94 million bond to fund improvements to the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol.
For the first and only time during the election season all of the candidates for federal office in Rhode Island met at a forum hosted by the Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce in Providence.
Controversy surrounding the Providence Economic Development Partnership is heating up as Mayor Angel Taveras, who is the chairman of the organization because of his role as mayor, put a halt on the agency’s lending capacity Monday.
The Providence Journal is suing the Rhode Island State Police for denying information requests for the police report regarding Caleb Chafee’s graduation party in which there were reports of underage drinking.
House Speaker Gordon Fox is striking back after independent challenger Mark Binder said he doesn‘t have an opinion on the recent pension reform bill.
Joseph DeLorenzo is resigning from the Cranston Board of Canvassers after refusing to sign off on a requested from convicted child murderer Michael Woodmansee.
A resident of a Coventry assisted living center is charged after a fellow resident is found, dead following a fight between the pair.
The number of driving under the influence arrests is up from last year in Rhode Island. According to State Police so far in 2012 there have been about 450 driving under the influence arrests up from a little under 400 at this same point in 2011.
The city of Pawtucket is hoping that a pension ad-hoc committee will yield some important results to help the city manage almost $140 million in unfunded pension debt.
The Wilbury Group has quickly become one of my favorite small theater groups, consistently producing vibrant, fresh theater you’d be hard-pressed to see elsewhere. “Lungs” is no exception to this, and to date is Wilbury’s best production.
There is no place in the United States quite as eerie as New England, with its long, dark history and one of the centerpieces of the areas past is in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
The military says that a decorated soldier found dead Wednesday at Ft. Hood, Texas was from Rhode Island.
Cranston Board of Canvassers Chairman Joseph DeLorenzo will not sign an absentee ballot request from convicted child murderer Michael Woodmansee.
With a little over two weeks before the election 11-year incumbent Congressman Jim Langevin has released a negative campaign ad, which attacks his Republican opponent Michael Riley.
For the fifth month in a row the unemployment rate in Rhode Island ticked down slightly reaching the lowest level since April of 2009. The September unemployment rate of 10.5% is two tenths of a percentage lower than the August rate of 10.7% and eight tenths of a percent lower than one year ago when the rate was 11.3%.
An independent candidate hoping to unseat a powerful leader in the General Assembly is leveling allegations of 'pay to play' in campaign donations.
After the Warwick Police Department received leads on a cold case when they took to social media asking for tips the North Kingstown Police Department is trying a similar approach to help answer unresolved questions in a 32-year-old murder case.
Totals have been tallied from the first of two scheduled auctions of the assets of 38 Studios. The first auction held in Maryland on Tuesday grossed $180,000. Out of all the video game equipment, animation tools, computer gear and furniture auctioned off the highest bid item was a video animation suit which went for $9,500.
Thursday marks the first day of a three-day event encouraging Rhode Islanders to “Dine In Central Falls.”
Convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee has registered to vote in the fall election and wants an absentee ballot.
The family of a 29-year-old woman who was hit by a car on Mineral Spring Avenue in Pawtucket and left for dead are reaching out to the public for help in identifying the vehicle that struck her.
This week for theHummel Report This week we mark the 3rd anniversary of The Hummel Report with new information on half a dozen of our investigations - including the conclusion to our first big series of stories in early 2010 that is now sending one corrupt politician to federal prison.
A group of disgruntled employees of Sensata Technologies, a company headquartered in Attleboro Massachusetts, trekked to the company’s headquarters from their home in Illinois to protest Republican Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and his former company Bain Capital.
State Police have arrested 40-year-old Tanya McGinn of North Attleboro Massachusetts for allegedly embezzling $165,842 from a University of Rhode Island sorority.
Lincoln High School was put on lockdown for a half an hour on Wednesday morning after school officials were notified that there was a burglary suspect on foot in the area.
Luis Mendonca, the man at the center of a caught-on-camera police beating case, has filed a lawsuit in Providence Superior Court against several Providence police officers, the Providence Police department, the City of Providence, and the Rhode Island School of Design.
A 17-year-old girl has been arrested for assaulting a 42-year-old woman who was walking her dog near Salve Regina University in Newport.
Political junkies looking for a no holds bar debate in the First Congressional District may have been a bit disappointed with the first televised debate between Congressman David Cicilline and Republican Brendan Doherty on WPRI-TV.
Want some memorabilia from Rhode Island’s most well-known failed business experiment? Well you are going to get you chance soon.
The pressure is on President Barack Obama to deliver a Goldilocks performance in the second debate: Not too cool, as he was in his first, listless encounter with Mitt Romney. And not too hot, as some critics styled Vice President Joe Biden in his faceoff with Paul Ryan.
School administrators in Middletown are defending their decision to end this weekend's homecoming dance early, after dancing by some students was deemed inappropriate.
Pawtucket's City Hall is plagued by leaks and, with rain in the forecast, employees are readying for another rough day.
The world watched Sunday as "Fearless Felix" stepped into space, leaping from 128,000 feet - more than 24 miles in the sky.
As the winter months approach Rhode Island motorists have to watch out for unexpected visitors in their vehicles.
A West Haven Ct. man has been arrested and charged with kicking his girlfriend's dog to death.
Shortly after midnight on Friday four mask men entered a Coventry home, tied up the residents and then left.
Around 130 soldiers from the Rhode Island National Guard returned home on Thursday afternoon after a year-long deployment in Kuwait. Friends and family anxiously waited with signs and balloons for their loved ones at the Warwick Armory.
Rhode Island ranks close to last when it comes to the state business tax climate says the Tax Foundation, a non-partisan tax research group based in Washington D.C.
State, local and federal law enforcement officials say a they arrested 11 of 14 suspected members of the dangerous international MS-13 gang with a series of pre-dawn raids in Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts early Wednesday.
The rain didn’t stop children and activists from getting their message across that bullying needs to stop.
The Rhode Island Democratic Party says that Republican Congressional Candidate Brendan Doherty is too busy for civil rights and women’s rights.
Despite a low approval rating of only 29.7% Congressman David Cicilline still holds a lead over Republican Challenger Brendan Doherty according to a new poll by Brown University’s Taubman Center for Public Policy and American Institutions.
Rhode Island health officials say 50 more people are being notified that they received a steroid from a Massachusetts specialty pharmacy that's been linked to a deadly outbreak of fungal meningitis.
The Rhode Island affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing the Rhode Island Department of Health over a change in its medical marijuana program.
A woman from Cranston has claimed a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million.
A former Salve Regina student was sentenced on Tuesday for beating a rabbit to death with a hockey stick and then using its body as a puck.
The Rhode Island ACLU says they will look into mandatory breathalyzer test administered at a West Warwick Homecoming dance without advance notice to the parents if a student or parent files a formal complaint.
The one moment that most people remember from the first presidential debate is Mitt Romney’s big bird comment.
Jerry Sandusky professed his innocence and vowed to continue fighting his child molestation conviction in a recorded statement broadcast on the eve of his sentencing Tuesday, a possible preview of remarks he was expected to make at the hearing.
Boston Mayor Thomas Menino says he wants to institute a city law that all pit bulls be muzzled in public after two pit bulls escaped from a home, attacked a boy and killed a cat.
West Warwick Town Council President Angelo Padula says a group of parents are upset after they say school officials made their children submit to chemical breathalyzer tests at a the school homecoming dance without parental consent.
The three victims of a car accident in Newport early Friday morning that left a car underwater were long time workers in the Yachting industry.
The negative campaigning continues as the Doherty for Congress campaign releases a new ad calling Cicilline “incompetent, irresponsible, and deceitful.”
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Governor Chafee, Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien and others stood on a scaffolding next to Interstate 95 in Pawtucket admiring a soon to be finished giant mural. The mural is the second to be painted as part of The Governor’s Gateway Beautification Program.
Join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks to Charles Cofone, Director of Operations Affairs, at the Lincoln School, which is hosting the annual Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books and Authors.
A divided Rhode Island Supreme Court Friday denied a losing candidate's effort to force a hand recount of ballots in a contested state House race after the primary results resulted in a one-vote loss.
A highly intoxicated driver with two children not wearing seatbelts in the vehicle was arrested at shortly after midnight Friday after nearly colliding with a police cruiser.
Three bodies were recovered Friday morning from a car that was believed submerged for hours in the harbor at the Newport Shipyard.
Citing differences with House Speaker Gordon Fox, Representative J. Patrick O’Neill (D-Pawtucket) has resigned as Majority Whip for the Rhode Island House of Representatives.
Special Advisor to Governor Chafee, Ray Studley came into RIPTA in late August in order to lead a Resource Team to evaluate day-to-day operations at the transit agency.
Republican Candidate for Congress Brendan Doherty is striking back after the Rhode Island Democratic Party criticized the candidate’s commitment to preventing violence against women.
The Independent candidate challenging House Speaker Gordon Fox is accusing the speaker of using his official spokesperson inappropriately for his campaign.
A local blogger and columnist published a sarcastic piece on RIFuture Blog indicating that Michael Riley, Republican Congressional Candidate in District 2, made inappropriate and insulting remarks to him while he had a column in the Narragansett Times.
Despite what the pundits are saying Democratic Party Chair Ed Pacheco says President Barack Obama had a strong showing in Wednesday night’s debate.
Massachusetts State Police have arrested the second suspect in connection with the drug-related slayings of three Maine residents whose bodies were found in a burning car in a Bangor parking lot.
Amid a continuing threat of bites from mosquitos bearing diseases, health experts are recommending ways to reduce the risk.
The Woonsocket War Memorial committee unveiled the newly restored Place Jolicoeur monument at Fire Station #2 in Woonsocket on Wednesday afternoon.
A drive to reduce the number of seagulls circling the state's Central Landfill is being called a success.
While Congressional Candidate Brendan Doherty prepares to rally Women for Doherty at the Westin in Providence Wednesday evening the Democrats are reminding voters that Republicans did not support the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).
One of two men wanted in connection with the slayings of three people in Maine whose bodies were found in a burning car has been captured in Massachusetts.
Conservatives on Tuesday used a speech President Barack Obama delivered as a candidate in 2007 to accuse him of using racially charged rhetoric.
Former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling has put his house in Medfield Massachusetts on the market reports WPRI investigative reporter Tim White.
A man driving at 120 miles per hours with three small children in the car has been arrested and charged with driving under the influence and reckless driving.
Saying they are concerned that a Republican controlled Congress would vote to repeal Obamacare, senior citizens Tuesday delivered prescription pill bottles to first-district Republican Congressional candidate Brendan Doherty's campaign headquarters.
Barrington has become the first town in Rhode Island to ban plastic bags. In a 4 to 1 vote on Monday evening the Barrington Town Council voted to approved a measure proposed by the Barrington Conservation Commission to ban businesses in town from using plastic bags at the checkout.
A new WPRI-TV poll shows that incumbents, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin, are greatly favored over their Republican opponents.
Congressman Cicilline is making a comeback in the polls according to the most recent poll by WPRI-TV.
Rhode Island adopts a new Strategic Highway Safety Plan with a goal of 'zero fatalities' from traffic accidents.
Rhode Island police say a man was charged with drunken driving after he was found apparently asleep in his vehicle on a traffic lane of Interstate 95.
At ceremony at the State House Monday, campaigners launch a drive to combat domestic violence, with theme of "No More".
In an effort to promote and support Republican candidates in Rhode Island the RI GOP has launched a new website entitled “RI Ranked last.”
Starting today Rhode Islanders will see higher taxes for Fido and designer clothing
The rhetoric in the First Congressional District is heating up as Republican candidate Brendan Doherty has released a new full-scale attack ad challenging Congressman Cicilline’s record when he was mayor of the city of Providence.
Rhode Island is now home to the world’s largest pumpkin. The great pumpkin weighed in at 2,009 pounds at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts on Friday.
The U.S. Attorney's office in Rhode Island says no federal criminal charges will be brought in the case of the video game company owned by former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, which received a $75 million state loan guarantee before going belly up. A state investigation continues.
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The suspect in Colorado's deadly movie theater attack was barred from university property for threatening a professor, prosecutors said in court documents released Friday, raising more questions about why campus police didn't report his actions to other authorities.
Outgoing State Representative John McCauley pled guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of filing false tax return in the U.S. District Court on Friday.
A state probation officer assigned to the sex offender unit has been busted for receiving child pornography.
The DLT announced on Thursday afternoon that they have received more than $16 million from the federal government. They will be using some of this federal money to bring back 15 employees who were laid off back in July.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he will return a $500 campaign contribution from Michael Bouthillette.
Charles Moreau appeared Thursday in federal court in Providence, where the former Central Falls mayor heard the corruption charge against him. He is accused of accepting a gratuity in exchange for awarding a friend a no-bid contract to board up foreclosed homes.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Governor Lincoln Chafee, and Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse all gathered on Thursday to break ground for a new sewer pump station in Warwick.
The new Sakonnet River Bridge will be open to both northbound and southbound traffic as of Friday morning.
Member of The Station Fire Memorial Foundation have scheduled a Friday news conference at the site of the tragic Station Night Club fire to announce a “future memorial” on the site.
A State Representative who fell in the primary is filing a Hatch Act complaint against the winner. Jon Brien, announced last week that he will stage a write in campaign against Stephen Casey, a firefighter who beat him in the September 11 primary by just 52 votes.
Spokesperson for the financially struggling landmark medical center in Woonsocket has confirmed that Boston-based Steward Health Care System, the potential buyer for the hospital, may be backing out of the deal.
Providence Mayor Angel Taveras continues to enjoy tremendous popularity among Providence voters and most of the city’s constituents are still concerned with the city’s finances, a new poll indicates.
I swear I am innocent! The foul mouthed bird is back in court after its owner says we aren’t paying a fine. The owner of the swearing cockatoo Willy, Lynne Taylor, is appealing a $15 fine she was ordered to pay by the city of Warwick for violating a city noise ordinance.
Drunk at the dance? Well students and Tiverton better think twice before consuming alcohol and attending school events.
A 32 year old Pawtucket man was brought to District Court in Attleboro on Tuesday afternoon. Police say Jason Kwolek was driving drunk on Thursday night when he crashed into a 24 year old North Attleboro woman’s car head on. Kaisha Guerrini died hours later.
The Rhode Island State Board of Elections Tuesday set dates for a special primary and final election to fill the vacancy in the Central Falls mayor's office, after the last occupant resigned in disgrace.
Immigration lawyers and agencies say more than 200 young illegal immigrants in Rhode Island have applied to stay in the United States under an Obama administration program.
A review prompted by the failure of Curt Schilling's 38 Studios video game company recommends a major change for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation, focusing on restructuring and rebranding the agency.
In a new Cicilline for Congress commercial the campaign slams Republican Challenger Brendan Doherty for saying Mitt Romney will “be fantastic for Rhode Island.”
Congressional Candidate Michael Riley is defending claims in his new attack ad series on Congressman James Langevin after the Providence Journal PolitiFact team took him to task.
Surrounded by a group of senior citizens and supporters Republican candidate for congress Brendan Doherty restated his commitment to preserving Social Security and Medicare for seniors.
The post-Emmy champagne surely tasted sweet for the people at "Modern Family" and "Homeland," but they needed only to look around the Nokia Theatre to see how quickly popular tastes and Hollywood's most unpredictable awards show can change perceptions.
Let’s dance! The Cranston School committee will discuss the latest controversy to propel the Rhode Island city into the national spotlight Monday evening: the father-daughter dance.
The New England Patriots could have blasted the replacement officials, blaming them for some debatable calls at critical points in a see-saw game.
RIPTA is announcing several new security measures in the aftermath of a breech in the room where cash fares were counted.
Warwick police says a city man is facing felony charges after placing a pregnant cat into his brother's garbage can. The animal later died at the Warwick Animal Shelter.
A Pawtucket man is accused of driving drunk when police say he crossed the yellow line on Rte 152 causing a head-on crash that killed a 24 year old North Attleboro woman late Thursday night.
The suspected “bearded bandit” appeared in court in Taunton and ordered held on high bail after his arrest by police at a Seekonk motel.
State Representative Jon Brien who lost in the Democratic Primary to challenger Stephen Casey by just 52 votes has announced that he is staging a write-in campaign.
North Providence police went on a wild ride Wednesday when the driver of a tow truck fled the scene of a crime leading to a police chase.
U.S. Senate candidate Barry Hinckley said Senator Sheldon Whitehouse may soon be responsible for the loss of over 1,000 jobs in Rhode Island due to severe cuts in the defense industry.
Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau Wednesday resigned his post, and agreed to plead guilty to charges of accepting gifts in exchange for a no-bid contract to board up foreclosed homes.
About 50 people attended a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday morning in Warwick at the site of a future memorial to the 10 Warwick residents who were among the 100 people who died in the Station Nighclub fire in February, 2003.
The ban on father-daughter dances and other gender specific events in Cranston schools has become national news overnight and now lawmakers are passing around the political football.
Created by two of Rhode Island’s funniest females, Hamlette is a quirky spinoff of the Shakespeare classic, and it’s coming to 95 Empire this weekend.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is taking a group of Westerly property owners to court in an effort to protect the public’s use of portions of the Misquamicut beach front that are just east of the state beach.
The mother who complained to the ACLU about the a father daughter dance hosted by Cranston Public schools resulting in the banning of the iconic dance and other gender-specific events from the public schools says she is doing the right thing for her daughter.
A dog that viciously attacked a family in Woonsocket will be euthanized.
Republican Congressional Candidate Michael Riley is going negative. In an extensive new television and radio buy the Riley is taking on incumbent Congressman Jim Langevin questioning how he has spent millions of dollars of “tax payer money” since he has been elected to congress.
In Cranston, a signature school event, “the father-daughter dance” has been banned in all Cranston public schools.
A recount of mail ballots in the primary election in Pawtucket between House Deputy Majority Leader William San Bento and challenger Carlos Tobon has given San Bento a one-vote lead.
The U.S. Small Business Administration has accepted a $9.65 million offer from the state of Rhode Island for the aquisition of the plot of land that used to house Rhode Island’s only amusement park, Rocky Point.
A new station nightclub fire satellite memorial is set to break ground Wednesday in Apponaug but the father of the station fire says that is not good enough.
The Arizona Cardinals block field goal attempts better than any other team. Just the threat of that happening could make even the most reliable kickers nervous.
Just days after a U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a protest attack in Libya Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Barry Hinckley says it is time the United States reconsiders foreign aid that is sent to Egypt, Libya, and Pakistan.
Join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks with Donna Perry, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Statewide Coalition, which is releasing its political platform for the coming legislative elections.
Despite the Penn State scandal, Joe Paterno will remain in Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
Thousands of people streamed off university campuses in Texas and North Dakota on Friday after phoned-in bomb threats prompted evacuations and officials warned students and faculty to get away as quickly as possible. No bombs were found on either campus by early afternoon it was not clear whether the threats were related.
Former North Providence Police Chief John Whiting was sentenced Friday to serve six months in the ACI of a five year sentence, the balance suspended with probation, for his conviction on charges of stealing $714 from a stripper, and trying to enlist a policeman to cover up the crime.
Outgoing State Representative John McCauley Jr. and his business partner William L’Europa have reached a plea agreement with federal prosecutors to plead guilty to one count of conspiracy to defraud the United States and one count of filing false tax returns.
The founder of the nonprofit arts organization, WaterFire, and the Providence mayor announced Thursday that the city's iconic public art installation will expand to Italy with the lighting this month of 30 bonfires along Rome's Tiber River.
The Dalai Lama is coming to Rhode Island to deliver a “Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs,” as part of a Brown University lecture series that has routinely attracted diplomats from around the word.
Abel Collins has very little political experience but he says he can take on Incumbent James Langevin and Republican Michael Riley. The Independent candidate running in the Second Congressional District says he doesn’t like what politics has become.
Governor Carcieri is holding true to a promise that he made on the WPRO Morning News with Tara Granahan and Andrew Gobeil a couple weeks ago when he said he would break his silence on the 38 Studios situation after Labor Day.
A contestant that auditioned for the X-Factor during the Providence auditions back in May has advanced to the next round.
A Boston man admitted Thursday in federal court in Providence that he headed the New England mob, and that he profited from a racketeering scheme that shook down Rhode Island strip clubs for 'protection' money.
On Monday a recount will take place in several primary races in Rhode Island including a hotly contested race between House Deputy Majority Leader William San Bento and his challenger Carlos Tobon.
The swearing bird case is set to resume in court on Thursday. The case involves a neighborly dispute, an ex-husband and wife, and a squawking cockatoo.
A violent incident in Foster on Tuesday evening leaves one man with eight gunshot wounds and another arrested and charged with assault with intent to murder.
Retired Red Sox Pitcher Tim Wakefield has released a new movie based around his iconic “knuckleball” pitch. The movie, “Knuckleball” which will premiere in Boston next Tuesday is co-produced by and stars the 17-year Red Sox veteran pitcher and fan favorite.
Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is teaming up with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo in an attempt to crack down on disability pension abuse.
President Barack Obama vowed Wednesday the United States would "work with the Libyan government to bring to justice" those who killed U.S. ambassador Chris Stevens and three other American personnel in an attack on the consulate in Benghazi.
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In the Republican Congressional District Two Primary endorsed Candidate Michael Riley defeated his three opponents by a land slide.
In a resounding victory Congressman David Cicilline has defeated opponent Anthony Gemma in the Democratic Primary in District One.
Having attended Theatre by the Sea’s The 39 Steps last season, I had high hopes going into God of Carnage last weekend. The 39 Steps was expertly crafted and delivered, and though I remember thinking it felt a tad bit long, it left me wondering if the next season at Theatre by the Sea would deliver another great comedy.
Congressman Cicilline and his Democratic rival Anthony Gemma have made it to the polls and voted, now they will spend the remainder of the day focusing on their “ground game” and get out the vote strategies.
One of Rhode Island’s most well-known political couples tied the knot over the weekend at Saint Mary’s Star of the Sea Catholic Church in Galilee.
The Bearded Bandit is still at large and law enforcement officials are renewing a call for the public’s help in identifying the area’s illustrious bank robber.
North Providence Mayor Charlie Lombardi says he has no regrets after a video of him angrily berating a firefighter in 2011 has surfaced.
With primary day just hours away the Brendan Doherty for Congress Campaign is accusing Congressman Cicilline of attempting to mislead voters.