Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. It's Memorial Day weekend, so it's a good time to remember the sacrifices of others. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. This week's column is shorter than usual due to a long day at the office. Here we go.

The Bottom Line: 30 Years In Business

May 27, 2016

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week, in honor of the 30th anniversary of Providence Business News, attorney Jack Partridge joins Mark and Dave to discuss the big business milestones of the past 30 years.  

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50 p.m.

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The House Environment and Natural Resources committee heard hours of testimony last night for a bill related to a proposed power plant in Burrillville. Opponents of the bill say it would set a bad precedent for other infrastructure project proposals in the state.

But State Rep. Cale Keable, the lead sponsor, said the bill aims to increase public input into the project’s approval process. 

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A local nonprofit organization is kicking off a series of events on a vacant parcel of I-195 land near downtown Providence, Saturday. The group wants to see action on the development of a proposed park and pedestrian bridge.

The parcel of land was at the center of last year’s fight over a proposal to build a 10,000 seat stadium for the Paw Sox. Some objected to the proposal because the land was originally set aside for a public park.

Governor Gina Raimondo has been in office for almost 18 months. She stopped by our studio Thursday to talk about a range of issues, including today’s visit to Rhode Island by Vice President Joe Biden.

For more conversation with the governor, check our Political Roundtable segment.

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Vice President Joe Biden plans to visit Rhode Island Friday to highlight the state’s plan to fix bridges rated among the worst in the nation. Biden will speak at a DOT maintenance facility in East Providence.

Governor Gina Raimondo said she invited Vice President Biden to come to Rhode Island after meeting him at a National Governors Association meeting earlier this year.

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Newport could become the second municipality to ban plastic shopping bags in the Ocean State. An ordinance is working its way through the city council.

Newport Councilman John Florez introduced the measure Wednesday, which would phase out the use of plastic bags at grocery stores and other shops in the city.

Chuck Hinman

The Jamestown Arts Center exhibit "Setting the Stage” presents a behind-the-scenes look at two celebrated designers: Set Designer Eugene Lee and Interior Designer Kyla Coburn.

Lee and Coburn were recently inducted into the RI Design Hall of Fame; Coburn was named Emerging Designer for her work at some of Rhode Island’s hippest restaurants and bars, and Lee received Lifetime Achievement recognition for his award-winning sets on Broadway, and his work for television and Trinity Rep.


Rhode Island ranks among the bottom for affordable rents nationwide. That’s according to a new report out from the National Low Income Housing Coalition – a D.C. based housing advocacy group.

Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless director Jim Ryczek said it takes nearly double the state’s minimum wage to comfortably afford the average rent for a two-bedroom apartment.


U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter was in the Ocean State Wednesday. He toured the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, and addressed students at the Naval War College in Newport.

Carter spoke in a large hall to naval officers, and some high school visitors. During a question and answer session, Carter discussed the difficulty of managing military obligations in Russia and the Middle East, while Asia rises in power.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s plan for revising the awarding legislative community service grants will emerge in about a week. Mattiello acknowledges the grants have become a political mess.

The resignation earlier this month of House Finance Chairman Ray Gallsion sparked scrutiny of the community service grants. The state is giving out $11 million in the grants to nonprofit groups this year.


Religious leaders, members of the African-American community and elected officials gathered in Cranston Wednesday to condemn swastikas spray-painted at a recreation facility.

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Scientists are still working to understand all of the factors behind massive die-offs of honeybees in what’s known as “colony collapse disorder.”

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Travel forecasters are predicting busy highways this Memorial Day weekend. AAA expects more than 38 million people to travel over the holiday, the highest volume in a decade.