Rewrite this title ‘Loaded with love,’ rain doesn’t stop Providence PrideFest

Rewrite this post PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The rain didn’t stop the 47th Annual PrideFest on Saturday, with people of all ages dressing in rainbows and hitting the streets of the capital city. The festival kicked off at 11 in the morning at the I-195 District Park. Organizers say over 250 nonprofit organizations, businesses and […]

Rewrite this title Weather keeps diners indoors during Federal Hill Summer Festival

Rewrite this post PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) —Outdoor tables sat deserted at the annual Federal Hill Summer Festival on Saturday. Rain and chillier than average temps kept people from eating outside. The weather also canceling the scheduled outdoor live music. MORE: Detailed 7-day forecast Despite the weather, people who had reservations were still showing up according […]

Rewrite this title Providence City Council to hire education policy consultant

Rewrite this post PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The Providence City Council approved a resolution Thursday that authorizes its president to hire an education policy consultant. The consultant would provide advice and guidance as the school district transitions back to city control, according to the council. The district has been state-run since November 2019. The original turnaround […]

Rewrite this title Johnston taking over town’s struggling school department

Rewrite this post JOHNSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — The town of Johnston is taking over its school district, which is on track to end its second straight fiscal year in the red, according to the mayor’s office. After coming out of the previous fiscal year with a $955,000 deficit, Mayor Joseph Polisena Jr. said the district […]

Rewrite this title Taunton mayor pleads for information on missing daughter

Rewrite this post See Taunton Mayor Shaunna O’Connell and her husband, Ted, speak outside Columbus police headquarters on June 16, 2023, in the player above. COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – The parents of a missing 18-year-old from Massachusetts spoke Friday outside of the Columbus police headquarters. Shaunna O’Connell, the mayor of Taunton, and her husband, Ted, […]

Rewrite this title Nesi’s Notes: June 17 |

Rewrite this post Happy Saturday! Here’s another edition of my weekend column for — as always, send your takes, tips and trial balloons to and follow me on Twitter and on Facebook. 1. Dan McKee has now had his “Cooler & Warmer” moment. Just as with Gina Raimondo’s infamous tourism campaign, the Philadelphia […]

Rewrite this title South Kingstown celebrating 300th anniversary

Rewrite this post SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — South Kingstown is hosting a parade Saturday to celebrate the town’s 300th anniversary.  The roughly one-mile-long parade is expected to begin at 10:00 a.m. on School St. and end at town hall.  “The parade is a microcosm of the town’s anniversary celebration including businesses, faith based, non-profit, […]

Rewrite this title 23-year-old arrested, charged with discharging firearm

Rewrite this post FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) — A 23-year-old man was arrested after police said he fired a gun in the area of Cambridge St. and Mott St. on Saturday.  Police said they responded to a shots fired call around 3:00 a.m. Saturday. On their way to the scene, police learned a white man, […]

Rewrite this title North Providence standoff suspect charged in Cranston robbery

Rewrite this post CRANSTON, R.I. (WPRI) — Cranston police arrested a suspect in connection to a bank robbery Friday. Gino Rotondo, 58, allegedly took cash from the Citizens Bank branch on Park Avenue just before noon. Rotondo passed the bank teller a note demanding cash and later sped off on a bicycle, according to police. […]

Rewrite this title What’s Happening: RI PrideFest, Illuminated Light Parade

Rewrite this post WARWICK, R.I. (WPRI) — The capital city is hosting its 47th Annual PrideFest on Saturday. The event will include performances, nearly 300 vendors and the Illuminated Light Parade that weaves through downtown. In the above video, Ashley Erling joins 12 News This Morning with a live preview of the event, featuring interviews […]