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New wind turbines commissioned at Fields Point in Providence

New wind turbines commissioned at Fields Point in Providence

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.


RI faith leaders issue a call for peace

RI faith leaders issue a call for peace

Leaders in the Rhode Island religious community issued a call for peace Monday, days after a cease-fire agreement succeeded in cooling off rising tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.


Officials investigate inmate's death at Wyatt Detention Center

Officials investigate inmate's death at Wyatt Detention Center

An unexpected death of an inmate at the Wyatt Detention center is currently under investigation.


Flood-damaged bridge rededicated to RI hero

Flood-damaged bridge rededicated to RI hero

A bridge over the Pawtuxet River in Coventry has been reopened after it was badly damaged during flooding in March, 2010.


Accident on Sakonnet River Bridge causes traffic pileup

Accident on Sakonnet River Bridge causes traffic pileup

Traffic is moving again on the Sakonnet River Bridge after a multi-car crash, including police cruisers, caused a pileup Monday morning.


Chaos on the roads: 3 DUI arrests, 3 accidents, 1 death resulting

Chaos on the roads: 3 DUI arrests, 3 accidents, 1 death resulting

The first weekend of December marked a tough weekend for state and local police on the roads.


Fall River Mayor criticizes Chafee's "holiday" tree, hosts tree lighting

Fall River Mayor criticizes Chafee's "holiday" tree, hosts tree lighting

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.


Cumulus Community: Sandy aftermath: National Weather Service

Cumulus Community: Sandy aftermath: National Weather Service

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.


Rhode Island builds new bridge a year ahead of schedule

Rhode Island builds new bridge a year ahead of schedule

A new bridge in East Providence has been completed more than a year ahead of schedule.


Former Chariho official found not guilty of failing to render aid

Former Chariho official found not guilty of failing to render aid

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.


Arrest in Fall River homicide

Arrest in Fall River homicide

A Fall River man has been charged with the September 29 shooting death of a woman as they sat in a car to conduct a drug deal.


Bishop Tobin says Chafee is on the wrong path with the 'holiday' tree

Bishop Tobin says Chafee is on the wrong path with the 'holiday' tree

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.


O'Reilly takes on Chafee in 'holiday' tree debate

O'Reilly takes on Chafee in 'holiday' tree debate

Governor Lincoln Chafee stood strong on the Holiday Tree issue in an appearance on the O’Reilly Factor on Fox News Thursday night.


Local businesses getting some help from SBA

Local businesses getting some help from SBA

SBA is coming to rescue of Narragansett’s Coast Guard House and other small businesses in the area. SBA Administrator Karen Mills visited the Coast Guard House and took a tour to see the damage that hurricane Sandy left behind.


Jet Blue begins service between Florida & Green Airport

Jet Blue begins service between Florida & Green Airport

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 criticizes Chafee for hosting hasty "holiday" tree lighting

Bishop Tobin criticizes Chafee for hosting hasty "holiday" tree lighting

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.


Survey says RISD ranks #1 school for design in the world

Survey says RISD ranks #1 school for design in the world

Rhode Island School of Design has been ranked the number one school in the world for Design by Business Insider.


Rep. Costa announces State House Christmas celebration

Rep. Costa announces State House Christmas celebration

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.


Governor Chafee hastily lights State House tree

Governor Chafee hastily lights State House tree

In a surprise move, Governor Chafee hastily lit the holiday tree the State House at noon on Thursday, with very little notice to reporters and no public notice.


Director of Parole Board: public outcry pushed board to revisit thrill killer's case

Director of Parole Board: public outcry pushed board to revisit thrill killer's case

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.


NK Police: fire that destroyed mansion was arson

NK Police: fire that destroyed mansion was arson

North Kingstown Police and the town's Fire Marshall say the massive fire that destoyed a mansion last week was intentionally set.


Man wanted for Pawtucket murder arrested in Virginia

Man wanted for Pawtucket murder arrested in Virginia

A Rhode Island fugitive wanted for murder was arrested in Norfolk, Virginia on Wednesday by U.S. Marshals.


Powerball jackpot winners in Arizona and Missouri

Powerball jackpot winners in Arizona and Missouri

Two ticket holders will share the highest Powerball jackpot ever, and the second-largest top prize in U.S. lottery history. The question is: Who are the winners waking up to new lives as multimillionaires?


The Hummel Report: Family Plan

The Hummel Report: Family Plan

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.


Powerball Jackpot soars to $550 Million

Powerball Jackpot soars to $550 Million

The highest Powerball jackpot ever has soared even higher. Powerball announced on Wednesday that due to high ticket sales the jackpot prize has been increased to $550 million from $500 million.


URI's Dooley: RI economy 'like someone on life support'

URI's Dooley: RI economy 'like someone on life support'

Rhode Island's troubled economy is like "somebody on life support", says University of Rhode Island President David Dooley.


Creative ways RI'ers would spend the Powerball jackpot

Creative ways RI'ers would spend the Powerball jackpot

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.


Public invited to voice concerns about bridge tolls at forums

Public invited to voice concerns about bridge tolls at forums

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.


Man convicted of "thrill kill" to be released over a decade early

Man convicted of "thrill kill" to be released over a decade early

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.


Central Landfill named one of Southern New England's Dirty Dozen

Central Landfill named one of Southern New England's Dirty Dozen

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.


US Marines appeal for help in annual Toys For Tots drive

US Marines appeal for help in annual Toys For Tots drive

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.


"Team Hasbro Elves" prepare toys for children in need

"Team Hasbro Elves" prepare toys for children in need

Hasbro is gearing up for the holidays by donating thousands of toys for children in need across Rhode Island.


Powerball jackpot highest it's ever been

Powerball jackpot highest it's ever been

Wednesday’s Powerball jackpot is now estimated at $500 million making it the highest it’s ever been. Loyal ticket buyers and first timers are all coming out in hopes of getting a piece of the record breaking fortune.


Money stolen from charity bin at local holiday light display

Money stolen from charity bin at local holiday light display

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.


Gov. Chafee is not backing down: 'It's a holiday tree'

Gov. Chafee is not backing down: 'It's a holiday tree'

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.


Mom of pushup prankster says officers should not be suspended

Mom of pushup prankster says officers should not be suspended

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.


Governor's office retracts, says Chafee will host tree lighting

Governor's office retracts, says Chafee will host tree lighting

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 returns for another Christmas of laughs

Ant’ny Claus returns for another Christmas of laughs

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.”


Chafee will not host annual tree lighting after 2011 protest

Chafee will not host annual tree lighting after 2011 protest

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.


Final hurrah: RI Hostess outlet receives 5,000 snack cakes

Final hurrah: RI Hostess outlet receives 5,000 snack cakes

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.


Holiday weekend results in arrests for drunken driving

Holiday weekend results in arrests for drunken driving

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.


Police kick off Law Enforcement Week in RI classrooms

Police kick off Law Enforcement Week in RI classrooms

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.


12 Days of Christmas more expensive in 2012

12 Days of Christmas more expensive in 2012

Bringing your true love the twelve days of Christmas will be a bit more expensive this year compared to last year.


Small fire extinguished at Swansea Mall

Small fire extinguished at Swansea Mall

A small fire at the Swansea mall was extinguished on Sunday evening around 9 p.m.


Gist returns to work full of energy after brain surgery

Gist returns to work full of energy after brain surgery

Monday is Education Commissioner Deborah Gist’s first day back on the job after undergoing brain surgery in September.


Cops will be disciplined after making pranksters do pushups

Cops will be disciplined after making pranksters do pushups

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.


Trinity’s traditional “Christmas Carol” is perfect holiday treat

Trinity’s traditional “Christmas Carol” is perfect holiday treat

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 call on Walmart to improve workers' pay, benefits

Protesters call on Walmart to improve workers' pay, benefits

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.




Soldiers return home in time for Thanksgiving

Soldiers return home in time for Thanksgiving

Six Soldiers were welcomed home just in time for Thanksgiving. They arrived Wednesday afternoon to an excited group of friends and family.


State Police warn RI'er of dangers on "blackout Wednesday"

State Police warn RI'er of dangers on "blackout Wednesday"

The Rhode Island State Police are warning Rhode Islanders to be safe this holiday season and not to drink and drive.


Woonsocket church fire 'A sign from God', says parishoner

Woonsocket church fire 'A sign from God', says parishoner

An early morning fire at St. Michael’s Ukrainian Orthodox Parish in Woonsocket has left parishioners and community members heartbroken.


RI'ers flock to poultry farm on Thanksgiving Eve

RI'ers flock to poultry farm on Thanksgiving Eve

Rhode Islanders are flocking to a local poultry farm to get fresh Thanksgiving turkeys.


Education Commissioner Gist to return to work after Thanksgiving

Education Commissioner Gist to return to work after Thanksgiving

Rhode Island’s Education Commissioner Deborah Gist will return to work on a full-time basis as of November 26 after undergoing brain surgery.


Woman's offensive photo at veteran cemetery sparks controversy

Woman's offensive photo at veteran cemetery sparks controversy

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.


Help RI's Miss USA be a semi-finalist in Miss Universe

Help RI's Miss USA be a semi-finalist in Miss Universe

Rhode Island’s own Miss U.S.A Olivia Culpo needs your help to be a contestant in the Miss Universe pageant.


Students sent out into cold without coats as punishment

Students sent out into cold without coats as punishment

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.


Big Blue Bug is lit for the holidays

Big Blue Bug is lit for the holidays

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.


Escaped exotic animal in RI could be deadly to humans

Escaped exotic animal in RI could be deadly to humans

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.


Ex-Chariho coach pleads guilty in child porn case

Ex-Chariho coach pleads guilty in child porn case

A former Chariho High School assistant soccer coach pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal child pornography charges.


RI orders compounding pharmacy to cease and desist

RI orders compounding pharmacy to cease and desist

Rhode Island regulators order a compounding pharmacy in South Kingstown to stop what the state calls the illegal manufacturing and distribution of medications.


Providence urges holiday shoppers buy art & locally

Providence urges holiday shoppers buy art & locally

Mayor Angel Taveras is urging holiday shoppers to buy art, and to buy it locally this season.


Hundreds attend JWU's annual Thanksgiving meal

Hundreds attend JWU's annual Thanksgiving meal

Hundreds of homeless and less fortunate Rhode Islanders lined up Tuesday as Johnson & Wales University served Thanksgiving dinner for the 21st year.


Chafee meets with protestors demanding drivers licenses for illegals

Chafee meets with protestors demanding drivers licenses for illegals

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.


RI'ers in need of food assistance at all-time high

RI'ers in need of food assistance at all-time high

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 investigate suicide of man evicted from home

Warwick police investigate suicide of man evicted from home

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.


Pats crush Colts, Gronk breaks arm during game

Pats crush Colts, Gronk breaks arm during game

The New England Patriots defense came alive just in time. It may have to make an even bigger contribution with Rob Gronkowski likely out for a while with an arm injury.


Former RI Mayor pleads guilty to corruption

Former RI Mayor pleads guilty to corruption

Former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau Monday changed his plea to guilty to a federal corruption charge.


Congress: Egypt, Turkey can help resolve Gaza conflict

Congress: Egypt, Turkey can help resolve Gaza conflict

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.


Hostess in bankruptcy court, Twinkie likely to live on

Hostess in bankruptcy court, Twinkie likely to live on

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.


Deployed soldiers return home just in time for the holidays

Deployed soldiers return home just in time for the holidays

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.


Cumulus Community: The Rhode Island Foundation

Cumulus Community: The Rhode Island Foundation

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.


REVIEW: The Last Bite of The Twilight Saga

REVIEW: The Last Bite of The Twilight Saga

Check out a local girl's reviews on the biggest movie releases. This week she's talking Breaking Dawn Part 2!


Retailers want to open on Thanksgiving, call for repeal of blue law

Retailers want to open on Thanksgiving, call for repeal of blue law

Rhode Island retailers think it’s time that the state General Assembly repeal the blue law that requires they be closed on Thanksgiving.


'Red’ is a thrill for art and drama lovers alike

'Red’ is a thrill for art and drama lovers alike

“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.


A Matt Allen Thanksgiving: Recipes from Matt's family

A Matt Allen Thanksgiving: Recipes from Matt's family

Recipe's from members of the Matt Allen family.


GOP Chair Zaccaria to step aside, possible replacements emerge

GOP Chair Zaccaria to step aside, possible replacements emerge

Rhode Island Republican Party Chairman Mark Zaccaria announced he will be stepping aside as party chair.


Chafee chooses Caroulo to lead Board of Education

Chafee chooses Caroulo to lead Board of Education

Governor Chafee has selected top education official and former lawmaker George Caroulo to lead the newly formed Rhode Island Board of Education.


Unemployment ticks down, state sheds jobs

Unemployment ticks down, state sheds jobs

For the sixth consecutive month the Rhode Island unemployment rate has ticked down. The October unemployment rate of 10.4%, down a tenth of a percent from September, is the lowest rate since April of 2009.


Providence mall upgrades parking garage lighting

Providence mall upgrades parking garage lighting

The traffic patterns may be the same, but the Providence Place Mall has installed new lighting in its parking garage, in a project intended to save money and energy.


Historic Rhode Island Mall to be renovated and restored

Historic Rhode Island Mall to be renovated and restored

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.


Lawmaker to renew legalize pot effort after CO & WA victories

Lawmaker to renew legalize pot effort after CO & WA victories

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.


Mall kicks off season of lights with new lights in parking garage

Mall kicks off season of lights with new lights in parking garage

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.


Acting mob boss sentenced in Federal Court

Acting mob boss sentenced in Federal Court

The acting boss of the New England Mafia was sentenced to 6 ½ years on Wednesday evening in Providence federal court for his involvement in shaking down area strip clubs for protection money.


The Hummel Report: Buyout

The Hummel Report: Buyout

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.


Lifesavers recognized by RI with a medal

Lifesavers recognized by RI with a medal

Police, firefighters and a correctional officer were all honored Wednesday with the Rhode Island State Lifesaving Medals.


Job fair draws hundreds as Twin River plans full casino

Job fair draws hundreds as Twin River plans full casino

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.


Dept. of Health: RI is ready to ban outdoor smoking in areas

Dept. of Health: RI is ready to ban outdoor smoking in areas

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.


Acting mob boss to be sentenced today

Acting mob boss to be sentenced today

The acting boss of the New England Mafia will be sentenced on Wednesday in Providence federal court for his involvement in shaking down area strip clubs for protection money.


Governor and Council 94 officially sign contract

Governor and Council 94 officially sign contract

Governor Lincoln Chafee and Rhode Island Council 94 have signed a formal one-year contract. The contract agreement was approved by Council 94, the state’s largest public employee union, by a vote of 1399 to 283.


Mayor: Town will take action on fireman caught growing pot

Mayor: Town will take action on fireman caught growing pot

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.”


Ribbon-cutting for revitilized Southside Victorian home

Ribbon-cutting for revitilized Southside Victorian home

A ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday marked a much anticipated revitilzation of a key property on Providence's Southside.


Local businesses get cheesy, introduce 100% local product

Local businesses get cheesy, introduce 100% local product

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.


Video: Denver news station botches name of Petraeus biography

Video: Denver news station botches name of Petraeus biography

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.


Fall River property deemed a "nuisance" demolished

Fall River property deemed a "nuisance" demolished

A vacant house in Fall River that neighbors complain has been a hotbed of crime and a nuisance was demolished on Tuesday morning.


RI Troopers in New Jersey say devastation is unbelievable

RI Troopers in New Jersey say devastation is unbelievable

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.


Gen. John Allen under investigation as part of Petraeus scandal

Gen. John Allen under investigation as part of Petraeus scandal

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.


Owner of Alex & Ani buys Belcourt Castle

Owner of Alex & Ani buys Belcourt Castle

The founder and owner of Alex and Ani announced she has purchased Belcourt Castle in Newport.


Women veterans honored at inspiring Women Warriors Luncheon

Women veterans honored at inspiring Women Warriors Luncheon

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.


Brown University ceremony marks Veterans Day

Brown University ceremony marks Veterans Day

About 100 people took part in Brown University's relatively new tradition marking Veterans Day with a procession and ceremony remembering the Ivy League school's war dead and those who served in the military.


Senator Reed: No interest in CIA, Defense posts

Senator Reed: No interest in CIA, Defense posts

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.


Details of Gen. Petraeus's affair emerge

Details of Gen. Petraeus's affair emerge

Retired Gen. David Petraeus began an affair with his biographer in 2011, two months after he became CIA director, a friend and former top aide said Monday.


Traffic light approved for Old Grist Mill intersection

Traffic light approved for Old Grist Mill intersection

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.


Twin River to host job fair, aims for table games by July

Twin River to host job fair, aims for table games by July

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.


East Coast rapist suspect: Women were objects

East Coast rapist suspect: Women were objects

The accused East Coast Rapist says he doesn't know why he couldn't stop attacking women for nearly two decades.


Biden's son joins the Navy, part of training will be in RI

Biden's son joins the Navy, part of training will be in RI

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.


U.S. Senator Reed on short list to take over as CIA Director

U.S. Senator Reed on short list to take over as CIA Director

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.


Cumulus Community: Women Warriors Luncheon

Cumulus Community:  Women Warriors Luncheon

For Cumulus Community, Join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks with Erik Wallin and Amy Gladding of Operation Stand Down RI about the upcoming women warriors luncheon to benefit homeless female veterans.


Veterans speak to Employers at "Hiring our Heroes" event

Veterans speak to Employers at "Hiring our Heroes" event

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.


Stunner: Petraeus admits affair, resigns CIA post

Stunner: Petraeus admits affair, resigns CIA post

David Petraeus, the retired four-star general who led the U.S. military campaigns in Iraq and Afghanistan, has resigned as director of the CIA after admitting he had an extramarital affair.


Stuck: Woman freed from narrow gap between 2 buildings

Stuck: Woman freed from narrow gap between 2 buildings

A woman who became stuck in a narrow, 8-inch gap between two buildings in Providence early Friday was freed by firefighters.


Donations pour in for NY, NJ Hurricane Sandy relief

Donations pour in for NY, NJ Hurricane Sandy relief

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.


Congressman-elect Kennedy thanks voters

Congressman-elect Kennedy thanks voters

Congressman-elect Joe Kennedy Friday thanked voters in Taunton and Fall River, after winning election to the House from Massachusetts' 4th District.


Election Day 2012: RI had 2nd highest voter turnout ever

Election Day 2012: RI had 2nd highest voter turnout ever

Rhode Island had the second highest voter turnout of all time on Tuesday’s Election Day.


Senate leadership re-instated, House Dems to choose leaders tonight

Senate leadership re-instated, House Dems to choose leaders tonight

Senate President Teresa Pavia-Weed has been voted in for a third term as president by the Senate Democratic Caucus.


D'jeet? Providence ranks number 1 for 'foodies'

D'jeet? Providence ranks number 1 for 'foodies'

D’jeet? Providence Rhode Island has ranked number one city for Food, Drink, and Restaurants according to Travel and Leisure Magazine.


State asks RI Supreme Court to stop judge from hearing pension overhaul case

State asks RI Supreme Court to stop judge from hearing pension overhaul case

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.


U.S. Senator Reed on short list for U.S. Defense Secretary

U.S. Senator Reed on short list for U.S. Defense Secretary

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.


Emergency hearing held about Monet Lounge

Emergency hearing held about Monet Lounge

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.


State Police lodge new charges against State Rep.

State Police lodge new charges against State Rep.

Providence State Representative Leonidas Medina is facing new charges including obtaining money under false pretenses, and claiming to be an attorney when he is not authorized to practice law.


RI company cited by OSHA after workers death

RI company cited by OSHA after workers death

After a tragic accident in July that left a 23-year-old worker dead the Federal Government is citing the company involved.


ACLU official: election result a 'progressive watershed'

ACLU official: election result a 'progressive watershed'

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.


Taveras calls election night chaos in city unacceptable

Taveras calls election night chaos in city unacceptable

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras said what happened at the Juanita Sanchez School polling location on Election Day was unacceptable.


Women veterans to be honored at Women Warriors Luncheon

Women veterans to be honored at Women Warriors Luncheon

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.


Nordstrom Rack opens its doors at the Warwick Mall

Nordstrom Rack opens its doors at the Warwick Mall

The much anticipated Nordstrom Rack opened its doors at the Warwick Mall today. The plans for the store were originally announced last December.


Snow storm delays schools, disrupts bridge traffic

Snow storm delays schools, disrupts bridge traffic

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.


The Hummel Report: Spotlight: Discovering Their Potential

The Hummel Report: Spotlight: Discovering Their Potential

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.


After convincing reelection win, Cicilline thanks voters

After convincing reelection win, Cicilline thanks voters

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.


Disappointed Doherty does not rule out run for Governor in 2014

Disappointed Doherty does not rule out run for Governor in 2014

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.


Mollis: RI should put Sec. of State's office in charge of elections

Mollis: RI should put Sec. of State's office in charge of elections

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.


RI GOP Chairman reacts to major Republican defeat

RI GOP Chairman reacts to major Republican defeat

It was a crushing defeat in Rhode Island for the tiny GOP on Election Day. State Republicans not only lost the high profile Congressional District One race but also lost five General Assembly seats in what already was a tiny caucus.


Small GOP delegation loses 5 members in General Assembly

Small GOP delegation loses 5 members in General Assembly

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.


A look at the 2013 General Assembly

A look at the 2013 General Assembly

A look at the General Assembly 2013. Winners are highlighted in red.


Central Falls chooses Mayoral candidates

Central Falls chooses Mayoral candidates

In the mayoral primary in Central Falls James A. Diossa recieved 59% of the vote. Ex-Police Chief Joseph P. Moran III received 18% of the vote. The two will face each other in the race for Mayor on December 11th.


Fox overcomes Binder by 14% of vote

Fox overcomes Binder by 14% of vote

In an extremely close race Speaker of the House Gordon Fox managed to prevail over independent challenger Mark Binder.


Cicilline to return to Congress, defeats Doherty in close race

Cicilline to return to Congress, defeats Doherty in close race

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.


Chaos at Providence polling location

Chaos at Providence polling location

There was chaos in Providence on the night of the election as voters rushed the polls at the Juanita Sanchez School shortly before closing at 8 p.m.


RI approves bond for new veterans' home

RI approves bond for new veterans' home

Rhode Island has voted in favor of a ballot question to build a new veteran’s home behind the current Bristol Veteran Home.


Langevin wins in 2nd Congressional District with over half the vote

Langevin wins in 2nd Congressional District with over half the vote

In the state’s 2nd Congressional District, Incumbent James Langevin defeated Republican Michael Riley and Independent Abel Collins.


Casino Gambling at Twin River Approved, Newport Grand rejected

Casino Gambling at Twin River Approved, Newport Grand rejected

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.


Whitehouse defeats Hinckley in Senate Race by wide margin

Whitehouse defeats Hinckley in Senate Race by wide margin

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.


Rhode Island declared an Obama victory

Rhode Island declared an Obama victory

In the Presidential Race the State of Rhode Island has been called for President Obama.


High voter turnout so far in Rhode Island

High voter turnout so far in Rhode Island

The voter turnout so far this year has been high. Communications Director for the Secretary of State Chris Barnett says that virtually every polling station in Rhode Island is very busy.


Cicilline & Doherty cast votes in extremely tight race

Cicilline & Doherty cast votes in extremely tight race

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.


Voters in South Kingstown, West Warwick given wrong ballots

Voters in South Kingstown, West Warwick given wrong ballots

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.


Cicilline, Doherty in race to the finish in 1st District

Cicilline, Doherty in race to the finish in 1st District

Congressman David Cicilline and challenger Brendan Doherty spent Monday meeting voters face-to-face, in a last minute effort to shore up their candidacies.


Elizabeth Warren in election eve rally in Fall River

Elizabeth Warren in election eve rally in Fall River

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.


Lt. Gov. Roberts announce Operation Holiday Cheer 2012

Lt. Gov. Roberts announce Operation Holiday Cheer 2012

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.


Obama, Romney make last-minute pleas in close race

Obama, Romney make last-minute pleas in close race

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.


12 General Assembly races to watch on Election day 2012

12 General Assembly races to watch on Election day 2012

A list of General Assmebly races to watch on election day.


RIPTA bus driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger

RIPTA bus driver accused of sexually assaulting passenger

A RIPTA bus driver has been arrested by East Providence police for an alleged first and second degree sexual assault on a passenger.


Rhode Island Voter Resource Guide

Rhode Island Voter Resource Guide

Getting Rhode Islanders prepared for the Tuesday Election.


Cliff Walk suffers $2 million in damages as a result of Sandy

Cliff Walk suffers $2 million in damages as a result of Sandy

City leaders in Newport say 2 million dollars of damage has been done to the famous Cliff Walk as a result of Hurricane Sandy.


Grand Finale: High stakes as Cicilline & Doherty wind down

Grand Finale: High stakes as Cicilline & Doherty wind down

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.


Behind the Scenes with Christian Pop Queen Amy Grant

Behind the Scenes with Christian Pop Queen Amy Grant

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.”


Cumulus Community: Honor for Veterans

Cumulus Community:  Honor for Veterans

For Cumulus Community, Join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks with Ginny Hanson and Mike O'Keiffe of the Honor for Veterans committee about Ballot Question number 4 to build a new veteran's home.


Firefighters deliver baby boy in rescue on the side of the road

Firefighters deliver baby boy in rescue on the side of the road

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.


Candidate repsonds to threat of defamation lawsuit, defends position

Candidate repsonds to threat of defamation lawsuit, defends position

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.


Officials announce largest heroin bust in RI history

Officials announce largest heroin bust in RI history

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 to lay off 700 workers in New England states

Shaw's Supermarket to lay off 700 workers in New England states

Shaw’s Supermarket will be reducing its store-level workforce across New England by 700 jobs.


Taveras endorses speaker Fox, Binder blames Fox for 38 Studios

Taveras endorses speaker Fox, Binder blames Fox for 38 Studios

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has sent out a message endorsing Speaker of the House Gordon Fox in his re-election bid.


Federal Court orders state to answer Craig Price's appeal

Federal Court orders state to answer Craig Price's appeal

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.


Photos: Sandy impacts RI

Photos: Sandy impacts RI

See incredible photos of Hurricane Sandy's impact on Rhode Island, generated by residents of South County, East Greenwich and more.


Senator Whitehouse and challenger Hinckley spar in final debate

Senator Whitehouse and challenger Hinckley spar in final debate

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.


Misquamicut property owners permitted to enter, people remain optimistic

Misquamicut property owners permitted to enter, people remain optimistic

At 2:00 p.m. on Friday property owners in most parts of Misquamicut will be allowed to enter into area


Cicilline rallys top Dems, Doherty calls it a rescue attempt

Cicilline rallys top Dems, Doherty calls it a rescue attempt

In a final campaign effort Congressman David Cicilline was joined by fellow Rhode Island Democratic leaders at a Thursday campaign rally.


Comedian Frank O'Donnell to debut his photography showcase

Comedian Frank O'Donnell to debut his photography showcase

WPRO contributor and local comedian Frank O’Donnell will debut his photography at State Right Studio in Woonsocket on Friday November 2.


EDC sues Schilling, others over 38 Studios deal

EDC sues Schilling, others over 38 Studios deal

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.


Aerial photos of Sandy's damage on the RI coast

Aerial photos of Sandy's damage on the RI coast

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.


Local House candidate threatens to sue opponent for defamation

Local House candidate threatens to sue opponent for defamation

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.


Student falls from dorm room window at Brown University

Student falls from dorm room window at Brown University

Brown University is investigating after a student fell from a third floor dorm room window.


Pauly D asks for donations to Jersey Shore relief efforts

Pauly D asks for donations to Jersey Shore relief efforts

In New Jersey, the devastation along the shore for Hurricane Sandy is shocking, to say the least.


Poll: Chafee unpopular, most incumbents enjoy strong leads

Poll: Chafee unpopular, most incumbents enjoy strong leads

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.


Video: extensive damage to Matunuck beach homes

Video: extensive damage to Matunuck beach homes

WPRO's Steve Klamkin surveyed the damage to beach cottages on Roy Carpenter's Beach and Mary Carpenter's Cottages in Matunuck. The area was among the hardest hit during Hurricane Sandy.


AG warns of price gouging & shady contractors in storm aftermath

AG warns of price gouging & shady contractors in storm aftermath

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, South Kingstown postpone Halloween trick-or-treating

Westerly, South Kingstown postpone Halloween trick-or-treating

Westerly has postponed trick-or-treating until November 3 because of damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.


National Grid: Expect power by midnight Friday at the latest

National Grid: Expect power by midnight Friday at the latest

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.


Looter strikes Coast Guard House, Police step up patrols

Looter strikes Coast Guard House, Police step up patrols

Narragansett Police have stepped up patrols near the Coast Guard House in Narragansett after a looter stole from the storm damaged restaurant Monday night.


RI'ers asked to call 211 to report storm damage

RI'ers asked to call 211 to report storm damage

Rhode Islanders who have sustained damage to their property or business during super storm Sandy are encouraged to call 211 to report it.


Poll: a week to go, Cicilline & Doherty are neck-and-neck

Poll: a week to go, Cicilline & Doherty are neck-and-neck

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.


Matunuck, Misquamicut, Block Island suffer heavy storm damage

Matunuck, Misquamicut, Block Island suffer heavy storm damage

Areas of Matunuck and Misquamicut have been heavily damage by the storm.


Man murdered in Westerly during the onset of the storm

Man murdered in Westerly during the onset of the storm

A man was murdered in Westerly on Monday while super storm Sandy started to roll in.


Coast Guard House a 'total loss,' owners vow to rebuild

Coast Guard House a 'total loss,' owners vow to rebuild

The co-owners of the iconic Coast Guard House in Narragansett say the restaurant is a total loss but they will rebuild.


National Grid: some people may be without power for 'several days'

National Grid: some people may be without power for 'several days'

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.”


Chafee: RI was spared, South County & East Bay hardest hit

Chafee: RI was spared, South County & East Bay hardest hit

Governor Lincoln Chafee is rejoicing in the aftermath of Sandy saying Rhode Islanders “were spared to a great extent.”


Sandy clean up causes some transportation delays

Sandy clean up causes some transportation delays

Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is back on the job today after suspending services on Monday as a result of the hurricane.


Hurricane barrier performs 'flawlessly,' Prov. mayor 'cautiously optimistic'

Hurricane barrier performs 'flawlessly,' Prov. mayor 'cautiously optimistic'

In the capital city of Providence, the hurricane barrier is said to have performed well during the storm sucessfully holding back water.


Tidal surge floods some areas in RI, Sandy downgraded

Tidal surge floods some areas in RI, Sandy downgraded

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.


NYC: Superstorm Sandy floods Wall Street, subway

NYC: Superstorm Sandy floods Wall Street, subway

Much of New York was plunged into darkness Monday by a superstorm that overflowed the city's historic waterfront, flooded the financial district and subway tunnels and cut power to nearly a million people.


Waves surge over the ocean wall in Narragansett flooding the area

Waves surge over the ocean wall in Narragansett flooding the area

People in Narragansett have gathered to watch to aggressive storm waves as they surge over the wall.


Warren bridge, large portion of 114 in Barrington closed

Warren bridge, large portion of 114 in Barrington closed

The Barrington and Warren Police have closed the Warren Bridge to through traffic because of dangerous high tides.


RI'ers warned to stay home & be prepared as weather worsens

RI'ers warned to stay home & be prepared as weather worsens

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: 'If you are without power, call us'

National Grid: 'If you are without power, call us'

National Grid will continue to dispatch crews to address area power outages throughout the day until conditions get unsafe for works.


East Providence urges some Riverside residents to move to higher ground

East Providence urges some Riverside residents to move to higher ground

East Providence officials are suggesting people in low lying areas move to higher ground as a tidal surge is expected at high tide.


Chafee warns Rhode Islanders to make smart decisions

Chafee warns Rhode Islanders to make smart decisions

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.


Connecticut closes highways, RI'ers asked to stay off the roads

Connecticut closes highways, RI'ers asked to stay off the roads

Effective at 1 p.m. on Monday the state of Connecticut will be closing its highways to all passenger and commercial vehicles.


Over 10,000 lose power as storm rolls in, some restored

Over 10,000 lose power as storm rolls in, some restored

As Rhode Island begins to feel the effects of Sandy 2,679 people are already without power as of 10:15a.m. on Monday.


Red Cross app tells friends you are safe, provides area alerts

Red Cross app tells friends you are safe, provides area alerts

For those concerned about loved ones in other states or areas during the storm the Red Cross ‘has an app for that.


RIPTA suspends services, Bridges to close if winds reach 60mph

RIPTA suspends services, Bridges to close if winds reach 60mph

As weather conditions including gale force winds and heavy rains worsen RIPTA will suspend all statewide services by at noon on Monday.


State offices closed, RI braces for unprecedented tidal surge

State offices closed, RI braces for unprecedented tidal surge

Governor Lincoln Chafee has ordered all non-essential state offices and agencies closed on Monday as Hurricane Sandy rolls in.


Operation Hurricane: School & Business Closings, Delays and Parking Bans

Operation Hurricane: School & Business Closings, Delays and Parking Bans

Real time closings and delay listings of Rhode Island and SE Massachusetts schools and businesses.


WPRO announces special overnight storm coverage

WPRO announces special overnight storm coverage

630WPRO and 99.7 FM is dedicated to helping you and your family weather the storm by getting you all the up to the minute information about what is going on.


Mandatory evacuations in Bristol, Westerly, Narragansett, and SK

Mandatory evacuations in Bristol, Westerly, Narragansett, and SK

Bristol, Westerly, South Kingstown, and Narragansett have all ordered major, mandatory evacuations.


Westerly orders evacuations for Misquamicut and low lying areas

Westerly orders evacuations for Misquamicut and low lying areas

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 declares State of Emergency, warns of tidal surge

Governor declares State of Emergency, warns of tidal surge

Governor Lincoln Chafee has declared a State of Emergency for Rhode Island in the face of Hurricane Sandy.


RI braces for Sandy, storm may be more destructive than Irene

RI braces for Sandy, storm may be more destructive than Irene

Forecasters are warning Hurricane Sandy will bring potentially destructive weather to Rhode Island, despite an expect landfall on New Jersey's coast.


EMA to Rhode Islanders: Be prepared for Sandy

EMA to Rhode Islanders: Be prepared for Sandy

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency (RIEMA) strongly recommends that all Rhode Islanders continue preparedness efforts for Hurricane Sandy.


Snow, wind, and rain threaten East Coast as Sandy starts to move in

Snow, wind, and rain threaten East Coast as Sandy starts to move in

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)


Cicilline attacks Doherty for support of "pro-drilling" bill

Cicilline attacks Doherty for support of "pro-drilling" bill

Congressman David Cicilline criticized his Republican opponent Brendan Doherty for supporting a pro-oil drilling bill at a Friday news conference.


Cumulus Community: No More RI

Cumulus Community: No More RI

Join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks with Deb DeBare, Executive Director, of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence, discuss the group's annual October awareness campaign.


38 Studios auction raises $650K

38 Studios auction raises $650K

The Providence auction of 38 Studios’ assets held on Tuesday raised more than three times what the Delaware auction raised a week earlier.


Haunted RI: Top five haunted destinations in RI

Haunted RI: Top five haunted destinations in RI

Interview with Tom D'Agostino revealing top five haunted places in the state.


Coast Guard searches for possible missing person in Mount Hope Bay

Coast Guard searches for possible missing person in Mount Hope Bay

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.


Bloody week in Providence: City marks 17th homicide

Bloody week in Providence: City marks 17th homicide

A night time shooting on Thursday in Providence marks the capital city’s 17th murder of the year.


Hurricane Preparedness Guide From EMA

Hurricane Preparedness Guide From EMA

Hurricanes are formed by a combination of the tropical ocean and the atmosphere.


Pests cause threat to home, people during storm & clean up

Pests cause threat to home, people during storm & clean up

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.


It's alive: East Coast braces for Monster 'Frankenstorm'

It's alive: East Coast braces for Monster 'Frankenstorm'

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)


Former senate aide pleads nolo to 54 charges

Former senate aide pleads nolo to 54 charges

An aide to former Senate President Joseph Montalbano has pled nolo contendere to 52 counts of forgery in Superior Court.


Block Island couple killed in New Hampshire plane crash

Block Island couple killed in New Hampshire plane crash

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.


Man among bears: DEM releases guide to coexisting with bears

Man among bears: DEM releases guide to coexisting with bears

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.”


National Grid prepared to take on "frankenstorm"

National Grid prepared to take on "frankenstorm"

National Grid is taking extra precautions to keep the power on in Rhode Island as the state prepares for what forecasters are describing as “Frankenstorm” which is expected to hit Rhode Island on Tuesday.


Fox reacts to radio ad, Mystery man files with Board of Elections

Fox reacts to radio ad, Mystery man files with Board of Elections

A radio advertisement airing on WPRO-AM has been launched by an anonymous group that attacks House Speaker Gordon Fox.


EMA prepares as Hurricane Sandy sets its eye on East Coast

EMA prepares as Hurricane Sandy sets its eye on East Coast

As news of Hurricane Sandy possibly making its way up the East Coast the Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency is not taking any chances.


List identifies RI's richest resident, ranks state by wealthiest person

List identifies RI's richest resident, ranks state by wealthiest person

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.


Fisherman backs up Doherty's claim, says Cicilline broke promise

Fisherman backs up Doherty's claim, says Cicilline broke promise

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.


FAA says no plane crashed in the Greenwich Bay area

FAA says no plane crashed in the Greenwich Bay area

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.


Cicilline, Doherty take on budgets, immigration, and education in debate

Cicilline, Doherty take on budgets, immigration, and education in debate

Tensions were high at the WPRO Studios as Congressman David Cicilline and Republican Brendan Doherty met for the only live radio debate.


The Hummel Report: The Cost of Affordable

The Hummel Report: The Cost of Affordable

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.


Doherty campaign questions whether Cicilline accepted contributions for favors

Doherty campaign questions whether Cicilline accepted contributions for favors

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 dropped against man accused of vandalizing sign at mosque

Charges dropped against man accused of vandalizing sign at mosque

Charges have been dropped against a man who was accused of vandalizing a sign at a North Smithfield mosque on Sayles Hill Rd.


Black bear roams Cranston, neighbors can barely believe it

Black bear roams Cranston, neighbors can barely believe it

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.


Senate debate focuses on issues highlighting candidates' differences

Senate debate focuses on issues highlighting candidates' differences

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.


Child killer withdraws request to vote

Child killer withdraws request to vote

Convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee has withdrawn his request to vote in the November 6 election, a request that prompted the resignations of two local election officials.


Doherty Campaign accuses Cicilline of taking $$$ from 'sex industry'

Doherty Campaign accuses Cicilline of taking $$$ from 'sex industry'

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.”


Bond question calls for $94 million for RI Veterans Home

Bond question calls for $94 million for RI Veterans Home

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.


Over 30 animals, some dead, removed from home

Over 30 animals, some dead, removed from home

The Rhode Island Society of the Prevention to Cruelty of Animals is concerned after a tip led West Greenwich police and animal control to a home with over 30 animals, some dead and cannibalized by the other animals.


Federal office candidates discuss business, taxes & jobs

Federal office candidates discuss business, taxes & jobs

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.


Cicilline: no regrets regarding PEDP, Doherty wants answers

Cicilline: no regrets regarding PEDP, Doherty wants answers

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.


Providence Journal sues State Police over Caleb Chafee record request

Providence Journal sues State Police over Caleb Chafee record request

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.


38 Studios to hold auction for 1,800 items

38 Studios to hold auction for 1,800 items

The failed video game company 38 studios will be holding an auction on Tuesday morning in hopes that they will be able to make some of the state’s money back.


Fox campaign calls out opponent for not embracing pension reform

Fox campaign calls out opponent for not embracing pension reform

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.


Board of Canvassers Chairman resigns over Woodmansee ballot

Board of Canvassers Chairman resigns over Woodmansee ballot

Joseph DeLorenzo is resigning from the Cranston Board of Canvassers after refusing to sign off on a requested from convicted child murderer Michael Woodmansee.


Frank O'Donnell's Broken News | 10/22

Frank O'Donnell's Broken News | 10/22

Comedic reactions to the week's top stories, from the mind of Frank O'Donnell.


One man dead, another charged after fight at assisted living center

One man dead, another charged after fight at assisted living center

A resident of a Coventry assisted living center is charged after a fellow resident is found, dead following a fight between the pair.


DUI arrests up by 50 in 2012, weekend yields 6 more arrest

DUI arrests up by 50 in 2012, weekend yields 6 more arrest

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.


Pension committee to help Pawtucket manage $140M liability

Pension committee to help Pawtucket manage $140M liability

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.


Man who stabbed wife to death denied parole

Man who stabbed wife to death denied parole

A rally has been planned as a violent killer is up for parole after stabbing his wife 52 times in 1990.


“Lungs” at Wilbury Group will leave you breathless

“Lungs” at Wilbury Group will leave you breathless

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.


Cumulus Community: The Tomorrow Fund

Cumulus Community: The Tomorrow Fund

Join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks to Cathy Connolly of the Tomorrow Fund, discussing the group's efforts to assist the families of childhood cancer victims.


Slater Mill ghost tour offers a chilling history lesson

Slater Mill ghost tour offers a chilling history lesson

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.


Decorated soldier from Rhode Island found dead at Ft. Hood

Decorated soldier from Rhode Island found dead at Ft. Hood

The military says that a decorated soldier found dead Wednesday at Ft. Hood, Texas was from Rhode Island.


Board of Canvassers will not certify Woodmansee ballot request

Board of Canvassers will not certify Woodmansee ballot request

Cranston Board of Canvassers Chairman Joseph DeLorenzo will not sign an absentee ballot request from convicted child murderer Michael Woodmansee.


New Langevin ad attacks Riley, challenger shoots back

New Langevin ad attacks Riley, challenger shoots back

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.


RI unemployment numbers headed in a 'positive direction'

RI unemployment numbers headed in a 'positive direction'

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%.


Fox challenger Binder claims 'pay to play' in campaign donations

Fox challenger Binder claims 'pay to play' in campaign donations

An independent candidate hoping to unseat a powerful leader in the General Assembly is leveling allegations of 'pay to play' in campaign donations.


NK Police launch Facebook page to find clues in cold case murder

NK Police launch Facebook page to find clues in cold case murder

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.


First 38 Studios auction raises close to 200K

First 38 Studios auction raises close to 200K

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.


"Dine Central Falls," kicks off as officials dine in smallest city

"Dine Central Falls," kicks off as officials dine in smallest city

Thursday marks the first day of a three-day event encouraging Rhode Islanders to “Dine In Central Falls.”


Woodmansee wants to vote, Foreman irate: 'he's lucky he is alive'

Woodmansee wants to vote, Foreman irate: 'he's lucky he is alive'

Convicted child killer Michael Woodmansee has registered to vote in the fall election and wants an absentee ballot.


Family of woman left for dead need help finding hit & run driver

Family of woman left for dead need help finding hit & run driver

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.


The Hummel Report: Third Anniversary

The Hummel Report: Third Anniversary

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.


Thousands hear Dalai Lama's message of peace

Thousands hear Dalai Lama's message of peace

The Dalai Lama spoke in Providence Wednesday, spreading a message of peace.


Soon to be laid off workers protest Romney & Bain Capital

Soon to be laid off workers protest Romney & Bain Capital

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.


Women charged with stealing money from URI sorority

Women charged with stealing money from URI sorority

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.


High school locked down as police pursue buglary suspect

High school locked down as police pursue buglary suspect

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.


Victim of alleged police brutality sues city, police for $7M

Victim of alleged police brutality sues city, police for $7M

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.


Teen arrested for assaulting woman near Salve Regina U.

Teen arrested for assaulting woman near Salve Regina U.

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.


Maine earthquake rattles Rhode Islanders

Maine earthquake rattles Rhode Islanders

A 4.6 magnitude earthquake in main was felt as far south as Rhode Island on Tuesday evening.


Doherty and Cicilline stand in stark contrast in first TV debate

Doherty and Cicilline stand in stark contrast in first TV debate

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.


T.F. Green is getting $110 million

T.F. Green is getting $110 million

Governor Lincoln Chafee, Senator Jack Reed, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and President and CEO of RIAC held a news conference at T.F Green Airport to make a special announcement.


RI Treasurer launches financial literacy effort

RI Treasurer launches financial literacy effort

Rhode Islanders beset by financial woes can look toward a new program to help connect them with experts who can help them get their finances in order.


Collins says his polling has him tied with Riley

Collins says his polling has him tied with Riley

Independent candidate for Congress in the Second Congressional District, Abel Collins, said according to his polling he is in a statistical tie with Republican Michael Riley.


Cicilline slams Doherty on manufacturing policy

Cicilline slams Doherty on manufacturing policy

Hours before their first televised debate, Democratic Congressman David Cicilline slammed his Republican challenger, Brendan Doherty on manufacturing policy.


Final round: all 38 Studio assets to be auctioned off

Final round: all 38 Studio assets to be auctioned off

Want some memorabilia from Rhode Island’s most well-known failed business experiment? Well you are going to get you chance soon.


Tonight: Obama out to seize momentum from Romney in debate

Tonight: Obama out to seize momentum from Romney in debate

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.


RI joins effort to turn out safer teen drivers

RI joins effort to turn out safer teen drivers

Rhode Island joins other states in a program to help improve driver safety among teenagers.


Gov. Chafee offers President Obama debate advice

Gov. Chafee offers President Obama debate advice

Governor Lincoln Chafee is offering some suggestions to President Obama ahead of Tuesday's debate with Mitt Romney.


Woonsocket Toddler Tragedy

Woonsocket Toddler Tragedy

A toddler has died after a bookcase fell on him in a Woonsocket home.


Schools defend decision to end dance over student grinding

Schools defend decision to end dance over student grinding

School administrators in Middletown are defending their decision to end this weekend's homecoming dance early, after dancing by some students was deemed inappropriate.


When it rains, it pours... inside Pawtucket’s City Hall

When it rains, it pours... inside Pawtucket’s City Hall

Pawtucket's City Hall is plagued by leaks and, with rain in the forecast, employees are readying for another rough day.


It's a bird, it's a plane... No, it's a super-sonic skydiver!

It's a bird, it's a plane... No, it's a super-sonic skydiver!

The world watched Sunday as "Fearless Felix" stepped into space, leaping from 128,000 feet - more than 24 miles in the sky.


Senate candidate Warren campaigns in Attleboro

Senate candidate Warren campaigns in Attleboro

Elizabeth Warren brought her campaign for the US Senate to Attleboro Friday, meeting with firefighters then with a crowd of about 50 supporters at a downtown eatery.


Hickory dickory dock: are there mice inside your car?

Hickory dickory dock: are there mice inside your car?

As the winter months approach Rhode Island motorists have to watch out for unexpected visitors in their vehicles.


Car found on Newport's 40 Steps

Car found on Newport's 40 Steps

A tan SUV reported stolen on Thursday night was discovered in a very unlikely place on Friday morning. The car was found on Newport’s famed 40 steps.


Cumulus Community: Jobs to RI

Cumulus Community: Jobs to RI

Join WPRO'S Bill Haberman as he speaks with John Taylor, Chairman of Twin River, and the Coalition to Bring Jobs to Rhode Island, as they discuss Question One and whether Twin River should be allowed to offer table games.


The mystery of Rhode Island's vampire revealed

The mystery of Rhode Island's vampire revealed

Mercy Brown, the history, the myth, and the legend.


Man charged with kicking girlfriend's small dog to death

Man charged with kicking girlfriend's small dog to death

A West Haven Ct. man has been arrested and charged with kicking his girlfriend's dog to death.


Four armed men invade Coventry home, tie up family

Four armed men invade Coventry home, tie up family

Shortly after midnight on Friday four mask men entered a Coventry home, tied up the residents and then left.


Analysis: VP debate fierce and feisty

Analysis: VP debate fierce and feisty

Fierce and focused, Vice President Joe Biden and Republican Paul Ryan gave voters the kind of substantive showdown that was everything the presidential debate was not. Abandoning his boss' caution, Biden uncorked a combative repair job.


Infamous ‘footlicker’ violates probation

Infamous ‘footlicker’ violates probation

A class meant to help individuals released from prison adjust back into society just wasn’t working for the so-called footlicker.


Soldiers return home after year long deployment

Soldiers return home after year long deployment

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.


GOP slams Cicilline for defending child molesters

GOP slams Cicilline for defending child molesters

The Democrats already have a website setup to attack Republican congressional candidate Brendan Doherty and now the Republicans have launched their own website to take on Congressman David Cicilline.


Bad for business? Report says RI 46th for business tax climate

Bad for business? Report says RI 46th for business tax climate

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.


Obama on VP debate: 'Joe just needs to be Joe'

Obama on VP debate: 'Joe just needs to be Joe'

President Barack Obama has offered his take on the debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan, saying "Joe just needs to be Joe."


A $366 million settlement to clean toxic harbor

A $366 million settlement to clean toxic harbor

The parent company of a company that discharged toxic PCB's into New Bedford Harbor has reached a settlement that would provide more than $366 million to speed the ongoing cleanup effort.


Police say sweep breaks dangerous MS-13 street gang

Police say sweep breaks dangerous MS-13 street gang

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.


Hundreds of students and activists march in anti-bullying rally

Hundreds of students and activists march in anti-bullying rally

The rain didn’t stop children and activists from getting their message across that bullying needs to stop.


Democrats say Doherty is too busy for civil rights

Democrats say Doherty is too busy for civil rights

The Rhode Island Democratic Party says that Republican Congressional Candidate Brendan Doherty is too busy for civil rights and women’s rights.


Poll: Cicilline leads Doherty, casino gambling likely to pass

Poll: Cicilline leads Doherty, casino gambling likely to pass

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.


President Obama endorses Cicilline for Congress

President Obama endorses Cicilline for Congress

The David Cicilline for Congress Campaign has announced President Barack Obama’s endorsement of the freshman congressman’s re-election bid.


50 more RI'ers exposed to steroid linked to meningitis outbreak

50 more RI'ers exposed to steroid linked to meningitis outbreak

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.


Environmental groups want voters to vote yes

Environmental groups want voters to vote yes

Environmental groups joined together at Goddard Memorial State Park on Tuesday afternoon to get voters to vote yes on ballot questions 5 and 6.


ACLU sues RI over medical marijuana program change

ACLU sues RI over medical marijuana program change

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.


RISLA launches new statewide internship program

RISLA launches new statewide internship program

The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority announced a new statewide internship program geared toward linking college students with internships available in Rhode Island.


Cranston woman cashes in on $1 million lottery prize

Cranston woman cashes in on $1 million lottery prize

A woman from Cranston has claimed a winning Powerball ticket worth $1 million.


Bunny killer sentenced to two months home confinement

Bunny killer sentenced to two months home confinement

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.


A unique Providence school is growing

A unique Providence school is growing

A groundbreaking ceremony in Providence Tuesday for a school that serves at-risk middle school - age youngsters.


ACLU will look into dance breath test if complaint is filed

ACLU will look into dance breath test if complaint is filed

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.


Bipartisan Big Bird: Sesame Street wants Obama ad down

Bipartisan Big Bird: Sesame Street wants Obama ad down

The one moment that most people remember from the first presidential debate is Mitt Romney’s big bird comment.


Sandusky professes innocence, vows to fight

Sandusky professes innocence, vows to fight

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.


Appeal denied in North Providence corruption case

Appeal denied in North Providence corruption case

The former town attorney convicted in the North Providence corruption case has lost his appeal.


Matalin campaigns for 2nd district hopeful Riley

Matalin campaigns for 2nd district hopeful Riley

Nationally known commentator Mary Matalin headlined a political fundraiser for second district Republican Congressional candidate Michael Riley Monday.


RISPCA says muzzling pit bulls in public will not prevent attacks

RISPCA says muzzling pit bulls in public will not prevent attacks

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.


Frank O'Donnell's Broken News | 10/9

Frank O'Donnell's Broken News | 10/9

Comedic reactions to the week's top stories, from the mind of Frank O'Donnell.


Officials, parents at odds after breath tests given to kids without consent

Officials, parents at odds after breath tests given to kids without consent

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.


Newport crash victims were close friends working in yachting industry

Newport crash victims were close friends working in yachting industry

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.


Doherty ad calls Cicilline: 'incompetent, irresponsible, & deceitful'

Doherty ad calls Cicilline: 'incompetent, irresponsible, & deceitful'

The negative campaigning continues as the Doherty for Congress campaign releases a new ad calling Cicilline “incompetent, irresponsible, and deceitful.”


WPRO’s own Frank O’Donnell in Theatre Works’ “Spelling Bee”

WPRO’s own Frank O’Donnell in Theatre Works’ “Spelling Bee”

Hurry, there are only two shows left, tonight October 6th at 8pm and tomorrow, Sunday October 7th at 2pm. Performances are at Theatre Works, 142 Clinton Street, Woonsocket, RI. Tickets are $19 for adults, $15 for children under 12 and seniors. Visit www.twri.org for more info.


Rhode Island highways are getting beautified with painted murals

Rhode Island highways are getting beautified with painted murals

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.


Cumulus Community: Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books & Authors

Cumulus Community: Rhode Island Festival of Children's Books & Authors

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.


Supreme Court denies recount in contested House race

Supreme Court denies recount in contested House race

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.


Driver with kids in car arrested for DUI with BAC 4x legal limit

Driver with kids in car arrested for DUI with BAC 4x legal limit

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 found in car submerged in Newport Harbor

Three bodies found in car submerged in Newport Harbor

Three bodies were recovered Friday morning from a car that was believed submerged for hours in the harbor at the Newport Shipyard.


Man arrested for killing girlfriend's dog

Man arrested for killing girlfriend's dog

A Burrillville man has been arrested and accused with killing his girlfriend’s dog.


House Majority Whip resigns says leadership has no "clear plan"

House Majority Whip resigns says leadership has no "clear plan"

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.


A Resource Team identifies financial problems with RIPTA

A Resource Team identifies financial problems with RIPTA

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.


Doherty says Cicilline stood by criminals who abused women

Doherty says Cicilline stood by criminals who abused women

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.


Suspect in Providence murder arrested in Georgia

Suspect in Providence murder arrested in Georgia

A Rhode Island fugitive who was wanted in connection with a Providence murder was arrested in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday.


You're out! Red Sox fire manager Bobby Valentine

You're out! Red Sox fire manager Bobby Valentine

The Boston Red Sox announced on Thursday that manager Bobby Valentine will not be returning for the 2013 season.


Challenger to Speaker Fox: Stop illegal use of state spokesman

Challenger to Speaker Fox: Stop illegal use of state spokesman

The Independent candidate challenging House Speaker Gordon Fox is accusing the speaker of using his official spokesperson inappropriately for his campaign.


Columnist: 'Riley called me a communist,' made other insults

Columnist: 'Riley called me a communist,' made other insults

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.


RI Party Chairs weigh in on outcome of presidential debate

RI Party Chairs weigh in on outcome of presidential debate

Despite what the pundits are saying Democratic Party Chair Ed Pacheco says President Barack Obama had a strong showing in Wednesday night’s debate.


RI man arrested in connection with Maine triple homicide

RI man arrested in connection with Maine triple homicide

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.


Get the Facts: Presidential Debate "misspeaks"

Get the Facts: Presidential Debate "misspeaks"

President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney spun one-sided stories in their first presidential debate, not necessarily bogus, but not the whole truth.


The Hummel Report: Spotlight- For The Families

The Hummel Report: Spotlight- For The Families

This week for theHummel Report Jim Hummel takes us inside a place that deals with some of the toughest cases in the state.


Mosquitos persist, HEALTH urges 'smart scheduling'

Mosquitos persist, HEALTH urges 'smart scheduling'

Amid a continuing threat of bites from mosquitos bearing diseases, health experts are recommending ways to reduce the risk.


Restored war memorial unveiled, veteran remembered

Restored war memorial unveiled, veteran remembered

The Woonsocket War Memorial committee unveiled the newly restored Place Jolicoeur monument at Fire Station #2 in Woonsocket on Wednesday afternoon.


Landfill succeeds in reducing nuisance seagull population

Landfill succeeds in reducing nuisance seagull population

A drive to reduce the number of seagulls circling the state's Central Landfill is being called a success.


Dems challenge Doherty's commitment to women

Dems challenge Doherty's commitment to women

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).


Suspect in Maine triple murder caught, RI suspect still at large

Suspect in Maine triple murder caught, RI suspect still at large

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.


Debate preview: What to expect, what to watch for

Debate preview: What to expect, what to watch for

Tonight’s first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney in Denver Colorado promises high stakes political theatre at its best.


American Idol's Nicki Minaj's Idol flip out

American Idol's Nicki Minaj's Idol flip out

A cat fight on American Idol has Hollywood abuzz.


Republicans accuse Obama of being racially divisive in 2007 video

Republicans accuse Obama of being racially divisive in 2007 video

Conservatives on Tuesday used a speech President Barack Obama delivered as a candidate in 2007 to accuse him of using racially charged rhetoric.


Poll: Chafee, Romney unpopular

Poll: Chafee, Romney unpopular

Governor Chafee and Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney are unpopular among Rhode Island voters reveals a new WPRI-TV poll.


Dog travels 11 miles inside the grill of a car

Dog travels 11 miles inside the grill of a car

A small, white fluffy dog has been through a lot. She traveled 11 miles in the grill of a car going a speed of 50 miles an hour.


Schilling puts $8M Mass. house on market for $3.45M

Schilling puts $8M Mass. house on market for $3.45M

Former Red Sox Pitcher Curt Schilling has put his house in Medfield Massachusetts on the market reports WPRI investigative reporter Tim White.


Man driving 120mph with 3 kids in car arrested for DUI

Man driving 120mph with 3 kids in car arrested for DUI

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.


Seniors deliver pill bottles to Doherty campaign HQ

Seniors deliver pill bottles to Doherty campaign HQ

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.


Debate eve: Obama & Romney spend day prepping

Debate eve: Obama & Romney spend day prepping

On the eve of the first presidential debate of 2012 both President Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney are spending most of the day prepping for the debate.


Hinckley camp says new poll numbers are flawed

Hinckley camp says new poll numbers are flawed

The Hinckley campaign is rejecting new poll numbers released by WPRI-TV on Monday that show the Republican Senate candidate has gained little to now steam since a poll conducted in February.


Barrington becomes first RI town to ban bags

Barrington becomes first RI town to ban bags

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.


Poll: Whitehouse, Langevin hold huge leads over GOP opponents

Poll: Whitehouse, Langevin hold huge leads over GOP opponents

A new WPRI-TV poll shows that incumbents, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and Congressman Jim Langevin, are greatly favored over their Republican opponents.


Poll: Cicilline makes comeback, leads Doherty by 6%

Poll: Cicilline makes comeback, leads Doherty by 6%

Congressman Cicilline is making a comeback in the polls according to the most recent poll by WPRI-TV.


RI aims toward 'zero fatalities' from traffic crashes

RI aims toward 'zero fatalities' from traffic crashes

Rhode Island adopts a new Strategic Highway Safety Plan with a goal of 'zero fatalities' from traffic accidents.


Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host Oscars

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane to host Oscars

Family Guy creator and Rhode Island School of Design graduate Seth MacFarlane will be hosting the 85th Annual Academy Awards.


Man charged with DUI after he was found asleep at wheel

Man charged with DUI after he was found asleep at wheel

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.


RI kicks off flu shot campaign

RI kicks off flu shot campaign

The Rhode Island Department of Health Director Michael Fine along with RI First Lady Stephanie Chafee and U.S. Senator Jack Reed announced the state’s flu immunization kick-off.


Advocates launch domestic violence 'No More' campaign

Advocates launch domestic violence 'No More' campaign

At ceremony at the State House Monday, campaigners launch a drive to combat domestic violence, with theme of "No More".


New Republican site blames Democrats for RI ranking last

New Republican site blames Democrats for RI ranking last

In an effort to promote and support Republican candidates in Rhode Island the RI GOP has launched a new website entitled “RI Ranked last.”


New taxes on clothing, pets, and taxi cabs take effect

New taxes on clothing, pets, and taxi cabs take effect

Starting today Rhode Islanders will see higher taxes for Fido and designer clothing


Frank O'Donnell's Broken News | 10/1

Frank O'Donnell's Broken News | 10/1

Comedic reactions to the week's top stories, from the mind of Frank O'Donnell.


Doherty attacks Cicilline's record as mayor in new ad

Doherty attacks Cicilline's record as mayor in new ad

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.


The great pumpkin: RI farmer breaks world record for largest gourd

The great pumpkin: RI farmer breaks world record for largest gourd

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.


No Federal Charges for 38 Studios

No Federal Charges for 38 Studios

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.


Presidential Update: an interactive look at the campaign

Presidential Update: an interactive look at the campaign

Interactive guide of the Presidential Race between Obama and Romney.


Cumulus Community: Become an RI State Trooper

Cumulus Community: Become an RI State Trooper

Please join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks with Colonel Steven O'Donnell with the Rhode Isalnd State Police as he discusses the RISP latest recruitment drive.


Many in RI cannot afford to rent: report

Many in RI cannot afford to rent: report

A new report finds rents remain out of reach for many Rhode Islanders.


Colorado shooter banned from university after threats

Colorado shooter banned from university after threats

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.


Rep. McCauley pleads guilty, faces up to 8 years in jail

Rep. McCauley pleads guilty, faces up to 8 years in jail

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.


Station Fire land donated for permanent memorial

Station Fire land donated for permanent memorial

After almost 10 years, the land in West Warwick where the Station Nightclub once stood has been donated to a foundation to build a permanent memorial to the 100 victims of the 2003 fire there.


Probation officer to sex offenders charged with child porn

Probation officer to sex offenders charged with child porn

A state probation officer assigned to the sex offender unit has been busted for receiving child pornography.


Calif. man behind anti-Muslim film ordered jailed

Calif. man behind anti-Muslim film ordered jailed

The surrounding mystery of the man behind the crudely produced anti-Islamic video that sparked violence in the Middle East took a strange turn after he appeared in court and gave yet another name in a string of aliases.


DLT to hire back 15 employees thanks to federal grant

DLT to hire back 15 employees thanks to federal grant

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.


Taveras to return campaign check from Moreau crony

Taveras to return campaign check from Moreau crony

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he will return a $500 campaign contribution from Michael Bouthillette.


Court appearance for corrupt former Central Falls mayor

Court appearance for corrupt former Central Falls mayor

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.


Groundbreaking for new sewer pump station in Warwick

Groundbreaking for new sewer pump station in Warwick

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.


Sakonnet Bridge to open in full, DOT to clear up "misinformation" on tolls

Sakonnet Bridge to open in full, DOT to clear up "misinformation" on tolls

The new Sakonnet River Bridge will be open to both northbound and southbound traffic as of Friday morning.


Future memorial at the site of Station Fire to be announced

Future memorial at the site of Station Fire to be announced

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.


Rep. Brien files Hatch Act complaint against opponent

Rep. Brien files Hatch Act complaint against opponent

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.


The Hummel Report: Phantom Address

The Hummel Report: Phantom Address

This week for theHummel Report It is a taxpayer-funded loan program run by the city of Providence - designed to help Providence businesses that can't get traditional financing. So how did a company with no Providence connection score a loan?


NFL reaches tentative agreement with refs

NFL reaches tentative agreement with refs

So long, replacement refs. The NFL's regular crews will be back on the field starting Thursday night.


ACLU files brief in Pleau case supporting Chafee

ACLU files brief in Pleau case supporting Chafee

The Rhode Island ACLU is standing by Governor Chafee in his battle to regain custody of suspected murderer Jason Pleau.


Landmark vets other buyers as Steward possibly backs out

Landmark vets other buyers as Steward possibly backs out

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.


Poll: Taveras gains popularity, city's finances cause concern

Poll: Taveras gains popularity, city's finances cause concern

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.


Belichick to be fined for grabbing replacment ref

Belichick to be fined for grabbing replacment ref

Many though Patriot’s coach Bill Belichick would be suspended after he grabbed a NFL replacement ref’s arm following the most penalized game in NFL history.


I swear we're innocent: Foul mouthed bird owner appeals fine

I swear we're innocent: Foul mouthed bird owner appeals fine

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.


Tiverton votes to allow officials to give breath tests to students

Tiverton votes to allow officials to give breath tests to students

Drunk at the dance? Well students and Tiverton better think twice before consuming alcohol and attending school events.


Pawtucket man charged with DUI & manslaughter in Attleboro

Pawtucket man charged with DUI & manslaughter in Attleboro

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.


Special primary, election set for Central Falls mayor

Special primary, election set for Central Falls mayor

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.


Body recovered in Prudence Island house fire

Body recovered in Prudence Island house fire

A body was recovered from a home on Prudence Island, the scene of a house fire that broke out at about 7:40 Tuesday morning.


Over 200 young illegal immigrants in RI seek to stay

Over 200 young illegal immigrants in RI seek to stay

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.


Review prompted by 38 Studios failure recommends EDC overhaul

Review prompted by 38 Studios failure recommends EDC overhaul

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.


New Cicilline ad: Doherty "wrong for RI," Doherty reacts

New Cicilline ad: Doherty "wrong for RI," Doherty reacts

In a new Cicilline for Congress commercial the campaign slams Republican Challenger Brendan Doherty for saying Mitt Romney will “be fantastic for Rhode Island.”


CF School get $10K check from "The Ellen Show"

CF School get $10K check from "The Ellen Show"

The little city that could made it all the way to “The Ellen Show” yesterday when the quirky talk show host presented the Segue Institute for Learning in Central Falls a $10,000 check.


Former CF Police Chief Moran to run for mayor

Former CF Police Chief Moran to run for mayor

Candidates are lining up to run for Mayor of Central Falls after former Mayor Charles Moreau resigned last week.


More RI students take SAT, scores drop

More RI students take SAT, scores drop

The number of Rhode Island students taking the College Board SAT exam is on the rise but scores are declining.


Riley stands by attacks on Langevin despite criticism

Riley stands by attacks on Langevin despite criticism

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.


Doherty makes pledge to seniors, criticizes Cicilline

Doherty makes pledge to seniors, criticizes Cicilline

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.


'Homeland' and 'Modern Family' win big at Emmys

'Homeland' and 'Modern Family' win big at Emmys

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.


Dance debate to be discussed at school commitee meeting

Dance debate to be discussed at school commitee meeting

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.


Ravens soar to victory over Pats after last second field goal

Ravens soar to victory over Pats after last second field goal

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 launchs new security measures in wake of scandal

RIPTA launchs new security measures in wake of scandal

RIPTA is announcing several new security measures in the aftermath of a breech in the room where cash fares were counted.


Warwick man faces felony charges for killing pregnant cat

Warwick man faces felony charges for killing pregnant cat

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.


Operation Stand Down underway in Cumberland

Operation Stand Down underway in Cumberland

Operation Stand Down is taking place this weekend, the annual gathering to assist homeless veterans. The gathering is taking place again at Diamond Head State Park in Cumberland.


Rhode Island's jobless picture brightens

Rhode Island's jobless picture brightens

Rhode Island's unemployment rate, while remaining one of the highest in the nation, improved slighly in August.


Rhode Island man accused in deadly drunk driving accident

Rhode Island man accused in deadly drunk driving accident

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.


Fans celebrate the Pawtucket Pawsox's victory

Fans celebrate the Pawtucket Pawsox's victory

Fans from throughout Rhode Island gathered outside City hall in Pawtucket to celebrate the Pawsox. The minor league baseball team won the International League Governor’s Cup after winning against Charlotte 4-1.


RI unemployment ticks down, state gains jobs

RI unemployment ticks down, state gains jobs

Good news for Rhode Island: in the latest jobs report the unemployment rate went down a tenth of a percent and the state added over 1,100 jobs


Cumulus Community: Adoption RI

Cumulus Community: Adoption RI

Please join WPRO's Bill Haberman as he speaks with Debra Neza, Development Associate, at Adoption Rhode Island, discussing among other things, the group's annual walk at Lincoln Woods.


'Bearded Bandit' suspect captured, held on high bail

'Bearded Bandit' suspect captured, held on high bail

The suspected “bearded bandit” appeared in court in Taunton and ordered held on high bail after his arrest by police at a Seekonk motel.


Rep. Brien stages write-in campaign after primary upset

Rep. Brien stages write-in campaign after primary upset

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.


Mayhem in North Prov: Police chase leads to injuries & arrest

Mayhem in North Prov: Police chase leads to injuries & arrest

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.


The Hummel Report: From There to Here

The Hummel Report: From There to Here

This week for theHummel Report traces how Mayor Moreau went from a politician with an iron grip on his city, to a soon-to-convicted felon facing prison time.


Hinckley blames Whitehouse for possible loss of 1,000 jobs

Hinckley blames Whitehouse for possible loss of 1,000 jobs

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 will plead guilty to corruption

Former Central Falls mayor will plead guilty to corruption

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.


Families of Station fire victims clash over memorial site

Families of Station fire victims clash over memorial site

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.


Father-daughter dance fate in hands of state lawmakers

Father-daughter dance fate in hands of state lawmakers

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.


‘Hamlet’ spinoff with sense of humor and no men opens this weekend at 95 Empire

‘Hamlet’ spinoff with sense of humor and no men opens this weekend at 95 Empire

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.


Whitehouse says Romney's comments are unfortunate

Whitehouse says Romney's comments are unfortunate

Mitt Romney’s comments have sparked controversy around the country. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse gives his opinion on the matter.


AG takes up legal challenge to protect public's access to beach

AG takes up legal challenge to protect public's access to beach

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.


RI looks to ease regulations hindering businesses

RI looks to ease regulations hindering businesses

Rhode Island says it is out to ease onerous regulations that have hindered existing firms, and posed obstacles to new businesses from locating in the state.


Exclusive: Father daughter dance Mom explains stance

Exclusive: Father daughter dance Mom explains stance

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.


Dog that attacked a Woonsocket family will be euthanized

Dog that attacked a Woonsocket family will be euthanized

A dog that viciously attacked a family in Woonsocket will be euthanized.


Riley goes negative on Langevin in new ad buy

Riley goes negative on Langevin in new ad buy

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.


Cranston schools ban 'father-daughter' dance after ACLU complaint

Cranston schools ban 'father-daughter' dance after ACLU complaint

In Cranston, a signature school event, “the father-daughter dance” has been banned in all Cranston public schools.


San Bento apparent winner in primary recount by one vote

San Bento apparent winner in primary recount by one vote

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.


SBA accepts RI's $9.6 million offer to buy Rocky Point property

SBA accepts RI's $9.6 million offer to buy Rocky Point property

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.


Dad of Station fire victim wants on-site memorial, rejects satelite memorial

Dad of Station fire victim wants on-site memorial, rejects satelite memorial

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.


Patriots' home opener a fumble, missed kick costs the game

Patriots' home opener a fumble, missed kick costs the game

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.


Frank O'Donnell's Broken News | 9/17

Frank O'Donnell's Broken News | 9/17

Comedic reactions to the week's top stories, from the mind of Frank O'Donnell.


Hinckley calls for elimination of U.S. aid to Libya, Pakistan, and Egypt

Hinckley calls for elimination of U.S. aid to Libya, Pakistan, and Egypt

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.


Cumulus Community: Rhode Island Statewide Coalition

Cumulus Community: Rhode Island Statewide Coalition

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.


Paterno to remain in Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame

Paterno to remain in Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame

Despite the Penn State scandal, Joe Paterno will remain in Brown University’s Athletic Hall of Fame.


Bomb threats evacuate Texas, N. Dakota college campuses

Bomb threats evacuate Texas, N. Dakota college campuses

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.


Prison term for former police chief who stole from stripper

Prison term for former police chief who stole from stripper

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 Rep. McCauley will plead to filing false tax returns

Outgoing Rep. McCauley will plead to filing false tax returns

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.


Owner of 'fowl' mouthed cockatoo fined $15

Owner of 'fowl' mouthed cockatoo fined $15

A swearing cockatoo? That will be $15. The owner of Willy, the cockatoo that stands accused of squawking vulgarities at a neighbor, was ordered to pay a $15 fine for violating a noise ordinance in Warwick on Thursday night in municipal court.


WaterFire goes international, to expand to Rome

WaterFire goes international, to expand to Rome

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.


Brown U. to bring Dalai Lama to RI to deliver speech

Brown U. to bring Dalai Lama to RI to deliver speech

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.


CD2 Candidate Collins prepared to take on the establishment

CD2 Candidate Collins prepared to take on the establishment

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.


Former Gov. Carcieri breaks silence about 38 Studios deal

Former Gov. Carcieri breaks silence about 38 Studios deal

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.


Woman who auditioned in Prov. advances on X-Factor

Woman who auditioned in Prov. advances on X-Factor

A contestant that auditioned for the X-Factor during the Providence auditions back in May has advanced to the next round.


DiNunzio admits heading N.E. mob, strip clubs shakedown

DiNunzio admits heading N.E. mob, strip clubs shakedown

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.


I demand a recount!: 5 General Assembly primary races to be revisited

I demand a recount!: 5 General Assembly primary races to be revisited

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.


Witness testimony to be heard in 'fowl' mouth Cockatoo trial

Witness testimony to be heard in 'fowl' mouth Cockatoo trial

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.


The Hummel Report: Day and Night...

The Hummel Report: Day and Night...

This week for theHummel Report Firefighters in North Kingstown are now fighting a new 24-hour work schedule ordered by the town that lengthens not only their work day, but significantly increases the number of hours they have to put in every week. Is


Suspect arrested for shooting man 8 times in Foster

Suspect arrested for shooting man 8 times in Foster

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 Wakefield makes movie about "knuckleball" pitch

Retired Red Sox pitcher Wakefield makes movie about "knuckleball" pitch

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.


Kilmartin, Raimondo crack down on disability pension abuse

Kilmartin, Raimondo crack down on disability pension abuse

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin is teaming up with General Treasurer Gina Raimondo in an attempt to crack down on disability pension abuse.


Obama condemns attack that killed ambassador, 3 others

Obama condemns attack that killed ambassador, 3 others

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.


A complete breakdown of General Assembly primary races...

A complete breakdown of General Assembly primary races...

Who is in, who is out and how is the 2013 General Assembly shaping up?


Riley, Langevin win District 2 primaries by a landslide

Riley, Langevin win District 2 primaries by a landslide

In the Republican Congressional District Two Primary endorsed Candidate Michael Riley defeated his three opponents by a land slide.


Overwhelming victory for Cicilline in Congressional District 1

Overwhelming victory for Cicilline in Congressional District 1

In a resounding victory Congressman David Cicilline has defeated opponent Anthony Gemma in the Democratic Primary in District One.


"God of Carnage” slays audiences at Theatre by the Sea

"God of Carnage” slays audiences at Theatre by the Sea

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.


Tale of 2 candidates: Cicilline & Gemma on Primary Day

Tale of 2 candidates: Cicilline & Gemma on Primary Day

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.


Congressional candidates Russo and Young tie the knot

Congressional candidates Russo and Young tie the knot

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.


Bearded Bandit still at large, public asked to help ID suspect

Bearded Bandit still at large, public asked to help ID suspect

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.


Lombardi defends rant, says fireman crossed line by mentioning his family

Lombardi defends rant, says fireman crossed line by mentioning his family

North Providence Mayor Charlie Lombardi says he has no regrets after a video of him angrily berating a firefighter in 2011 has surfaced.


Doherty camp. says Cicilline is dishonest & misleading seniors

Doherty camp. says Cicilline is dishonest & misleading seniors

With primary day just hours away the Brendan Doherty for Congress Campaign is accusing Congressman Cicilline of attempting to mislead voters.


Baby Boomers ailment gets $10.8 million grant

Baby Boomers ailment gets $10.8 million grant

Researchers at Rhode Island Hospital receive a $10.8 million federal grant to bolster research into a problem that has especially afflicted so-called Baby Boomers, cartilage and joint health, otherwise known as arthritis.


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