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Boston Phoenix Newspaper Closes

Mar 15, 2013
Photo courtesy Boston Phoenix Facebook Photo Album
courtesy Boston Phoenix Facebook Photo Album

It’s the end of an era for a popular Boston weekly newspaper. The Boston Phoenix will publish its last edition March 15th. The last online edition will come a week later.  The company’s newspapers in Providence and Portland, Maine will continue publishing.

A company that makes emergency response devices for the sick and elderly has announced plans to open a major operations center in Pawtucket.  The move means 175 new jobs for the Ocean State.

Tunstall America, a provider of health care communications devices, is closing its Cranston call center and moving it to Pawtucket where it will be expanded from 75 to 250 employees.    Tunstall America company spokeswoman Sarah Turner says they’re re-locating their data center from New York to Rhode Island in the process.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

The Bottom Line: Women in Leadership

Mar 1, 2013

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Kati Machtley, director of the Women’s Summit at Bryant University about the changing themes in leadership and what the speakers of this year’s summit bring to the table.

When to Listen

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

RI Gets First 5-Star Hotel Forbes Rating

Feb 26, 2013
Ocean House Hotel in Watch Hill, RI
courtesy OceanHouseRI.com

Rhode Island has its first five-star hotel.  The Forbes Travel Guide is giving that distinction to the Ocean House at Watch Hill in its 2013 Star Award Listings released Tuesday.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark take a look into why it’s been a problem for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to find local companies to share what’s ballooned into a $3.5 million grant for small businesses.

When to Listen

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

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The Westerly-Pawcatuck Chamber is working to raise $400,000 to make sure area businesses damaged by Superstorm Sandy are up and running by Memorial Day.  

Chamber executive director Lisa Konicki says the storm seriously damaged some 29 businesses, and most of them have yet to see a dime from their insurance companies.

Funds raised by the chamber will help businesses remove sand, repair damage and replace inventory before the tourist start arriving.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

Toyota to pay RI $.5 million

Feb 15, 2013

Rhode Island is one of 29 states that have reached an out of court settlement with the Toyota Corporation over the company’s practice of concealing safety defects related to unintended acceleration.  The Ocean State will receive half a million dollars from the 29-million dollar settlement.  And Toyota will be restricted from advertising the safety of vehicles without engineering data to back up their claims.

In her debut appearance today at a Senate Banking Committee hearing, Sen. Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts made federal regulators uncomfortable when she asked a simple question: When was the last time you took a big Wall Street bank all the way to trial?

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement recognizing the positive economic impact same sex marriage brings to a community.  

While the statement stops short of endorsing marriage equality, it says that same sex marriage could have a substantial economic impact on Newport businesses, particularly the hospitality and wedding industries.  The statement ends by saying that Rhode Island is at a competitive disadvantage with our New England neighbors who already have marriage equality.

Scam targeting businesses in RI

Feb 13, 2013

Rhode Island Secretary of State Ralph Mollis is warning local businesses about a scam.  A letter that appears to come from the state asks businesses to fill out a form and pay a $125 document fee.  The notification claims to be coming from the “Rhode Island Corporate Compliance” office.   Secretary of State Ralph Mollis says this letter is not legitimate.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you.  news@ripr.org

Charges of alleged corruption at Logan cab stands

Feb 13, 2013

Cab stand workers at Boston’s Logan Airport are accused of corruption.  Five men are being arraigned Wednesday on charges of taking bribes.

Cabs operating legally at Logan report to a taxi pool where they are dispatched to terminal cab stands in order.  Prosecutors claim the cab stand workers collected between $20 and $40  from any cab driver who wanted to cut in line.  Longer-distance fares would also be steered to some of the cabbies.

Some of the drivers told investigators this system nearly doubled their daily earnings.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with architect and developer Steve Durkee. A RISD grad, Durkee discusses the need to bringing more residential space to downtown Providence.

When to Listen

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

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