Providence, R.I. – The heat has reached oppressive levels during the last few days, but Rhode Island emergency rooms have not seen any heat-related deaths. Health Department spokeswoman Annemarie Beardsworth says some ER activity is normal, but there have not been any unexpected increases. The brutal heat is expected to break later this week, although officials say the humidity will be moderate.
Providence, R.I. – It's slightly cooler today, but you wouldn't know it. The temperature in Providence is in the mid-90s, but the humidity makes it feel like 100 to 104 degrees. A little relief is on the way tomorrow, though, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Charlie Foley.
"This will be the last of the brutal heat, however, for the rest of the week temperatures will be higher than normal," Foley says. "The humidity will be moderately moderate. It won't be in the oppressive range."
Providence, R.I. – Yesterday, we were surprised to get a call from the BBC asking to interview someone from WRNI for Katie Martin's show broadcast out of Southampton, England. Apparently, every Wednesday they call a radio station at random and ask to speak to whomever is there. In our case it was Morning Edition host Bob Seay.
Providence, R.I. – We continue our coverage of the future of Rhode Island's fist Congressional District now that Patrick Kennedy has decided not to seek a ninth term in Congress. In this interview with WRNI Political Analyst Scott MacKay, we hear from William Lynch.
Providence, R.I. – After nine years, Roger Williams University President Roy Nirschel is calling it quits.
School officials say they accepted Nirshel's resignation just before the Fourth of July weekend. A spokesman would not give specific reasons for the move, saying only that the board of trustees felt it was time for new leadership.
Nirschel shepherded Roger Williams through controversy in 2007 when then-board chairman Ralph Papitto resigned amid allegations that he used racial and ethnic slurs during board meetings.