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A number of school buildings around Rhode Island have recently gotten revitalized or completely rebuilt to create a quality learning environment for students — but many others are still in dire need of repairs.

Rhode Island taxpayers voted in 2018 to approve $250 million in state spending for school construction projects, a fraction of the more than $2 billion in deficiencies highlighted in a study the year before.

In November, voters statewide will once again be asked if they want to approve a $250 million school construction bond. Several communities including Providence, Warwick and Pawtucket will also have a total of $1.3 billion in municipal bond proposals on their ballots.

In 12 on 12 Digital Original, Kait Walsh takes you inside the classroom and talks to state education leaders about why this funding is so crucial.

In This 12 on 12: Foundations for Learning | School Tour | Full Interview: Education Leaders | Ballot Questions: School Bonds

The Conimicut Lighthouse is an iconic part of Rhode Island’s coast, and it also serves an important purpose, warning boaters of the sandbar nearby.

But at nearly 140 years old, the lighthouse is showing its age – rotting wood, rusted metal and encroaching vegetation.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, T.J. Del Santo sits down with the lighthouse’s former keeper to look back at its history, then takes you inside the Narragansett Bay landmark amid efforts to save it.

In This 12 on 12: Lighting the WayPhotos: Rhode Island LighthousesMap: Rhode Island Lighthouses

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, we take a deep dive into the world of sharks in local waters.

12 News Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo and digital reporter Adriana Rozas Rivera hit the water with local scientists to learn how they track and research sharks, and how technology is used to keep you safe.

In this 12 on 12: Shark Tagging 401 🦈 Shark Patrol 🦈 Inside the Belly of the Beast 🦈 ‘The Ferrari of the Ocean’ 🦈 Shark Camp 🦈 Shark Quiz 🦈Track Sharks in Real Time 🦈 Reading & Resources 🦈 Photos

From living on the streets and dropping out of school to leading the state’s largest school system — our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original is a story of perseverance and inspiration.

Mike Montecalvo spends 12 hours with the new superintendent of Providence Public Schools, Dr. Javier Montañez.

Between the pandemic, skyrocketing costs and a lack of affordable housing, homelessness is a rapidly growing problem in Rhode Island.

Crossroads Rhode Island estimates that more than 4,000 men, women and children experience homelessness in the state each year.

But, thanks to the work of organizations like Crossroads and Amos House – there’s hope.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, we explore what’s being done not just to get people housed, but help them get back on their feet and find a home.

The gift of life is something almost anyone can give, whether it be through something as simple as a blood donation or significant as an organ transplant.

April is National Donate Life Month, an effort to encourage people to register as organ donors and raise awareness of these vital procedures, which saved the lives of more than 1,200 New Englanders just last year.

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, hear from those who say they wouldn’t be here were it not for the selfless actions of others, and learn what you can do to help save a life.

In this 12 on 12: The Gift of Life | Interview: RI Blood Center | How to Become a Donor

They were the “combat con artists” of World War II: a top secret, first-of-its-kind Army unit who used the art of deception to aid the Allies and save lives.

From inflatable tanks and vehicles to fake radio traffic and sound effects, this group of soldiers was able to simulate whole divisions as a way to fool the Axis powers in Europe.

But, for decades, few knew of their heroic exploits since the records remained classified until the mid-90s.

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, Kait Walsh shares the story of the Ghost Army, showing you how they operated, their connections to Rhode Island, and why they’re being honored today.

In this 12 on 12: The story of the Ghost Army | Photo Gallery | How the unit was formed | Who was involved? | Why they’re finally being honored | See their artwork | Further Reading/Viewing

It’s been another challenging year, but at a time when it’s easy to focus on the negative, we sought out the positive.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, Danielle North takes you on a Holiday Rhode trip filled with uplifting and inspiring stories from around our area — and it was all done in a single day.

From stepping up for those less fortunate to literal steps taken on a miraculous road to recovery, these are stories of hope, healing and humanity.

The holiday season is here, and you may be seeing items out of stock, higher prices, and shipping delays as you shop in stores and online. But why?

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, we go to supply chain experts to find out what’s causing the shortage of products and what you can do to prepare.

In this 12 on 12: Supply Chain Explained | Interview: RI Trucking Association President | Further Reading & Viewing

A lack of affordable housing has been a problem in Rhode Island for some time, but the root causes behind it were both magnified and worsened by the pandemic.

New data from HousingWorks RI shows rentals are not just hard to come by, but they’re also too costly for many people. In fact, only one town last year had housing that was affordable to someone making the median income for renters.

In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, 12 News reporters Gina Marini and Courtney Carter explore why the housing crisis has become an epidemic, how difficult it is to find an apartment in Rhode Island, and what’s being done to address the issue.

IN THIS 12 ON 12: Housing Hurdles | The (un)affordability of renting in RI | How $1.1B in ARPA funding could help | More Information & Resources | Further Viewing

The War on Alzheimer’s is a battle being waged on several fronts. Millions of Americans are living with it, fifty-four thousand Rhode Islanders are caring for someone with this memory robbing disease, and the medical and research community is on the verge of breakthroughs.

In this award-winning 12 on 12 Digital Original, Mike Montecalvo introduces you to some of those affected by Alzheimer’s and a local doctor who’s hopeful that a cure will be found.

In This 12 on 12: The War on Alzheimer’s | Meet the Warriors | In-Depth with Dr. Salloway | Resources & Links

Rhode Island is the Ocean State and Narragansett Bay is at its heart and soul. Along with memorable summers, the bay is a big part of the state’s history and economy. But from pollution to oil spills and climate change, Narragansett Bay has had and continues to have its challenges. What does the future hold for this iconic body of water?

In this award-winning 12 on 12 Digital Original, Pinpoint Weather 12 Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo – with help from Sky Drone 12 – takes an in-depth look at how the bay is doing now and what its future may look like.

Watch Part 2 and learn more here »

The Mafia Tapes: 12 on 12 Digital Original only on WPRI.com

Oct. 29, 1989: A secret recording captured inside a Massachusetts home changed organized crime forever. Four members of the Patriarca crime family took the oath of secrecy to join the crime family. Little did they know that the FBI was secretly recording the whole thing.

In this award-winning 12 on 12 Digital Original, Target 12 Investigator Tim White goes in-depth on this incredible moment in mob history, 30 years to the day of the now-infamous mob induction ceremony. An FBI agent assigned to the case speaks publicly for the first time, and we reveal what happened to the four men who swore a secret oath to La Costa Nostra.

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