Massachusetts http://ripr.org en RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects http://ripr.org/post/ri-tagging-trees-across-state-threatened-invasive-insects <p>Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.</p><p></p><p>The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 08:01:00 +0000 Catherine Welch 36592 at http://ripr.org RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum http://ripr.org/post/scott-mackay-commentary-ri-and-mass-casino-conundrum <p>It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.</p><p></p><p></p><p>There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:46:20 +0000 Scott MacKay 36596 at http://ripr.org Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive http://ripr.org/post/bills-signed-aimed-making-twin-river-more-competitive <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee signed several bills designed to attract more gamblers to Twin River Casino.&nbsp; The Lincoln casino is one of two in Rhode Island, and the only one with table games.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:21:42 +0000 John Bender 36508 at http://ripr.org Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive Massachusetts Ruling Could Be A Big Win For RI's Gaming Industry http://ripr.org/post/massachusetts-ruling-could-be-big-win-ris-gaming-industry <p>Rhode Island’s gaming industry may get a major boost. Massachusetts residents will decide if they want to get rid of all casino gambling in the Commonwealth.&nbsp; Massachusetts casinos would pose direct competition to the Ocean State’s gaming revenue.</p><p></p><p>Two casinos have already been approved in Massachusetts: a resort-style in Springfield and a slot parlor in Plainville. The slot parlor would be fewer than twenty miles from Rhode Island’s Twin River casino in Lincoln.&nbsp; But the new ruling could allow Commonwealth voters to stop that project dead in its tracks.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:13:21 +0000 John Bender 35997 at http://ripr.org Massachusetts Ruling Could Be A Big Win For RI's Gaming Industry The Bottom Line: Paolino Bets On Table Games In Newport http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-paolino-bets-table-games-newport <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk Joe Paolino about plans he and his partners have to revamp Newport Grand. The idea is to turn the struggling slot parlor into an entertainment complex that offers table games, but that all hinges on residents approving the move at the polls.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 09 May 2014 19:00:59 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 33332 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Paolino Bets On Table Games In Newport Gas Prices Down A Penny in RI & MA http://ripr.org/post/gas-prices-down-penny-ri-ma <p>Gas prices have dropped by a penny in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The latest survey from AAA Southern New England puts the average gallon of regular unleaded at $3.59. That’s a tiny bit above the national average but lower than what drivers were paying at the pump a year ago.&nbsp;</p><p>Bay State drivers are paying an average $3.51 a gallon. That’s also down a penny from last week.</p><p>AAA urges drivers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to shop around, since the range in gas prices spans from 21-cents in Rhode Island to 32-cents in Massachusetts.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 15:52:48 +0000 Catherine Welch 31290 at http://ripr.org Gas Prices Down A Penny in RI & MA The Bottom Line: How Twin River Will Compete With Gambling In MA http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-how-twin-river-will-compete-gambling-ma <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Twin River Chairman John Taylor. They discuss where Massachusetts is looking to put a slot parlor and casinos and what that means for Twin River’s bottom line.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p><p>Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. <a href="mailto:news@ripr.org">news@ripr.org</a></p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 17:50:11 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 31189 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: How Twin River Will Compete With Gambling In MA Gas Prices Up In RI & MA http://ripr.org/post/gas-prices-ri-ma <p>Drivers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will find gas prices a bit higher this week – up by two cents in Rhode Island. Gas prices in both states are higher than the national average.</p><p></p><p>Even though prices at the pump took a bigger jump in Massachusetts, on average Rhode Island drivers are still paying more. The latest survey out of AAA Southern New England finds Ocean State drivers paying $3.48 for the average gallon of regular unleaded, while Massachusetts drivers are paying $3.44.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 18:09:59 +0000 Catherine Welch 29254 at http://ripr.org Gas Prices Up In RI & MA What Casinos In Massachusetts Could Mean For RI's Gaming Industry http://ripr.org/post/what-casinos-massachusetts-could-mean-ris-gaming-industry <p>Rhode Island’s gaming industry is keeping a sharp eye on what’s happening in Massachusetts as the state’s gambling commission works out where to license up to three resort-style casinos and a slot parlor.</p><p></p><p>Rhode Island pulls in enough money from Twin River and Newport Grand to make gaming the third largest source of revenue for the state. Casinos in Massachusetts threatens that revenue.</p><p>So how close is Massachusetts to having casino gambling? Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with The Boston Globe’s Mark Arsenault to find out.</p><p></p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:51:15 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 28266 at http://ripr.org What Casinos In Massachusetts Could Mean For RI's Gaming Industry Gas Prices Jump A Penny in RI & MA http://ripr.org/post/gas-prices-jump-penny-ri-ma <p>Gas prices are up a penny from last week in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Drivers have seen gas prices climb by 9 cents over the last month in both the Ocean State and the Bay State, that’s according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.</p><p></p><p>In Rhode Island, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.52. It’s cheaper in Mass, at $3.44 a gallon. AAA urges drivers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to shop around, since the range in gas prices is about a quarter.</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 17:20:57 +0000 Catherine Welch 26709 at http://ripr.org Gas Prices Jump A Penny in RI & MA