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Economy
7:40 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Appeals filed over Deepwater, National Grid wind deal

Providence, R.I. – An environmental group and two companies have filed Supreme Court appeals, challenging the purchase price for electricity generated by the proposed Block Island wind farm.

The companies, Toray Plastics and Polytop Corporation - filed a joint appeal. Their major concern is that the cost they pay for electricity will go up.

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Economy
6:42 am
Tue August 24, 2010

Budget questions loom at RIPTA

Providence, R.I. – Beginning next month, riders on RIPTA bus service will face a fare hike that includes a quarter increase for basic service. It's a move intended to address the latest budget crunch at the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Others may still be in store.

To discuss the financial situation at RIPTA and transportation in the Ocean State, WRNI's Bob Seay spoke with RIPTA board chairman John Rupp, who put the agency's financial situation into a national perspective.

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Economy
5:01 am
Tue June 29, 2010

Regional fishermen worry about new regulations

Tim Barrett on his brother's boat in Plymouth, MA. Photo by Sarah Reynolds.

Providence, R.I. – Commercial fishermen in the Northeast have been battling for decades with government regulators over the best way to restore fish populations. This year, the government has dramatically changed the fishing rules by placing a hard cap on the amount of fish that can be caught. To get access to a share of the catch, a fisherman can choose to work with an organized group of boats that each receives part of the quota.

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RI Business
4:40 am
Tue June 8, 2010

RI gas prices dip four cents

Photo by Alex Nunes.

Providence, R.I. – Gas prices in Rhode Island have dropped four cents since last week, and are down 22 cents in the last month.

AAA Southern New England says in its weekly survey that self-serve regular is now averaging $2.75 per gallon.

That's three cents above the national average, but 17 cents higher than the average price from the same time last year.

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RI Business
1:49 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Thank you for your patience

Providence, R.I. – WRNI's new website was experiencing a delay in its on-air stream earlier today. We have corrected the problem. If you continue to have an interruption, please email Alex Nunes. Thanks for your patience, and we hope you enjoy the new site!

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RI Business
1:49 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Thank you for your patience

Providence, R.I. – WRNI's new website was experiencing a delay in its on-air stream earlier today. We have corrected the problem. If you continue to have an interruption, please email Alex Nunes. Thanks for your patience, and we hope you enjoy the new site!

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RI Business
7:39 am
Mon May 3, 2010

Contractors say new lead regulations too costly

Nancy Eve Cohen

Providence, RI – Regulations designed to eliminate childhood lead poisoning go into effect this month. The change brings strict new requirements for building contractors, property owners, renovators and a host of others who work with lead paint.

While health advocates call the regulations long overdue, some contractors say the cost to comply is way too high.

At the New Hampshire Homebuilders Association, contractors are spreading large sheets of plastic over the floor.

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