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12 on 12 Digital Originals: New series premiere each month only on WPRI.com

Eyewitness News gathered education officials and community leaders, to have an honest conversation about distance learning and how it can affect at-risk students and communities of color.

Joining us via teleconference for the town hall were Angelica Infante-Green, Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner, Harrison Peters, Superintendent of the Providence School District, Jim Vincent, president of the Providence branch of the NAACP, and Dr. LaSella L. Hall, President of the New Bedford NAACP.

In the above video, they chat with 12 News anchor Mike Montecalvo and reporter Courtney Carter about what this means for local students, their parents and educators.

In this 12 on 12: Distance Learning Divide: 12 Town Hall – Planning for the Challenges | Extended Discussion – Exploring the Divide: Virtual Academy, Social/Emotional Health, Minority Gap | Parent Survey | Related Resources


From thunderstorms to flash flooding and heat waves, we’ve seen our fair share of severe weather so far this summer. In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, the Pinpoint Weather Team gives you an in-depth look at some of the threats the summer season can bring to help you stay prepared.

In this 12 on 12: Rip Currents | Severe Thunderstorms | Lightning | Flash Floods | Hurricanes | Beach and Boating | Answering Your Questions | Pinpoint Weather App | Download the App


George Floyd. Ahmaud Arbery. And so many others. Their deaths have sparked protests across the country and heightened discussions about race and racism.

In our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original — Perspectives on Race — we’re moving the conversation forward. A local expert and parents share advice on talking to your children about these difficult topics. The outgoing chancellor of UMass Dartmouth recalls his first experience with police brutality and how he still feels the sting of racism in his daily life. The head coach of URI men’s basketball tells us how he’s guiding his players through these times, and a New England Patriots captain describes the discussions the team is having.

WATCH 12 on 12: Perspectives on Race: Video: Talking to your kids | Video: UMD chancellor interview | Video: Views from the sports world | Suggested reading/viewing


It’s been an unusual spring for all of us, and especially so for families involved in youth sports. Instead of hearing the crack of the bat or goals being scored, fields sit quiet as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this month’s 12 on 12 Digital Original, 12 Sports Director Yianni Kourakis talks to athletes, coaches and organizers about the disappointment of not being able to play, as well as what the future might hold.

WATCH 12 on 12: Youth Sports Sidelined now exclusively on WPRI.com and the WPRI 12 mobile app.


The coronavirus has brought all of our lives to a halt, but even in our darkest days, the human spirit shines brighter than ever. In this month’s 12 on 12 Digital Original, we’re bringing you stories of hope and sharing good news and the good people behind it. 

WATCH 12 on 12: It’s Good News exclusively on WPRI.com and the WPRI 12 mobile app.


The coronavirus outbreak has forced us all to change how we do things, including here at 12 News, and the flood of information may be difficult to keep up with. This month’s 12 on 12 Digital Original — Coronavirus: 12 Things to Know — has been crafted to help you navigate all of our coverage and highlight important facts, available resources, and how people are coping. Be sure to share and save this page and check back often as we continue to provide updates throughout the crisis as this special section is updated regularly.

IN THIS 12 ON 12: Medical | Social Distancing | Data & Testing | The Economic Fallout | Unemployment | Remote Learning | Neighbors & Businesses | Community Focus | Politics | Track Local Cases | In This Together | Life Goes On


From addicts and their families to first responders saving lives, opioids have impacted and continue to impact thousands in Southern New England.  In this 12 on 12 Digital Original, we take an emotional look at the Impact of Opioids.  We show you how one local man hit rock bottom, a grieving family’s heartbreaking loss and a star athlete found his way to recovery as well as introduce you to the medical professionals on the front lines.

IN THIS 12 ON 12: The Impact of Opioids | Mary’s Story | Map: Narcan Use by City/Town | Video: How Narcan Works | Facts & Stats | Addiction Treatment Centers & Resources | Related Coverage


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 State of the Bay, our latest 12 on 12 Digital Original, Pinpoint Weather 12 Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo with help from WPRI 12’s Sky Drone 12, we’re taking a look at how the bay is doing now and what its future may look like.

Get the Full Experience: 2-PART VIDEO SPECIAL & INTERACTIVE ELEMENTS:  Part I: Our Most Valuable Asset | Part II: The Climate Challenge | Interactive Map | Bay Timeline | Test Your Knowledge | Share Your Favorite Bay Spots | Sky Drone 12: Photo Gallery | 360º Views


Cannabis. It’s a thriving, multi-million dollar industry. In a 12 on 12 Digital Original, Target 12 Investigator Steph Machado gets inside access to Rhode Island’s cannabis business – from a local testing lab to a grow facility – plus, what the industry may look like if recreational marijuana is legalized. Watch the Business of Cannabis in the video above.

For the full experience, including interactive survey and more information about The Business of Cannabis, click here »


There are just weeks left of the fall season, but there have been days where it has felt more like winter. Is it a sign of things to come?  In our next 12 on 12 Digital Original, the Pinpoint Weather Team tells you what to expect this winter and they take a look back at some of our most memorable winters from years past.  WATCH »

GET THE FULL EXPERIENCE: This month’s 12 on 12 Digital Original: Winter Weather Outlook now on WPRI.com and on the WPRI 12 News App.


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

October 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. 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 the mob. CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL EXPERIENCE »


AN AMERICAN DEBATE:  Immigration. Deportation. The border wall. Sanctuary cities. They’re all parts of an American Debate that’s been going on for years – if not decades. For this month’s 12 on 12 Digital Original, Target 12 Investigator Walt Buteau brings you an in-depth look at all sides. See the steps local immigrants are taking on their journey to become naturalized citizens. Hear local leaders on what they think needs to be done to crack down on undocumented immigrants. WATCH NOW & READ THE STORY »

IN DEPTH: An American Debate 12 on 12 Digital Original
with interactive extras and local immigration statistics


12 on 12: A Burning Controversy

A BURNING CONTROVERSY: ARE BURN PITS AFFECTING THE HEALTH OF SERVICE MEMBERS?

PART 1: A SOLDIER’S STORY | PART 2: BATTLING THE BURN | PART 3: HELP AT HOME | PART 4: WASHINGTON RESPONDS | IN-DEPTH EXTRAS

A BURNING CONTROVERSY: Some say it has the potential makings of the modern-day Agent Orange. Could something overseas be to blame for the failing health of some U.S. service members? And what is a local organization doing to research a possible link? 12 News is going in-depth on a burning controversy in this 12 on 12 Digital Original. 

WATCH THE MULTI-PART 12 ON 12 SERIES: A Burning Controversy


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ABOUT THE COLD CASE CARDS: In November 2018, detectives launched a deck of playing cards to generate new leads in Rhode Island’s toughest investigations. Each card shines a spotlight on an unsolved homicide or missing person investigation in the state. Every week, 12 News investigates a card from the deck to uncover what detectives need to finally solve it. LEARN MORE: Cold Case Cards | Cold Case Cards: All In

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