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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Political Roundtable: Looking Back at The Year in Rhode Island Politics

Credit File photo / RIPR

The Political Roundtable crew looks back at the top political stories of the year, including the race governor; the implementation of Obamacare in Rhode Island; the Ocean State's persistently high unemployment; and the emerging legacy of Lincoln Chafee.

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Economy
9:10 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Target Security Breach Doesn't Keep Local Shoppers Away

Target at the Warwick Mall in Rhode Island, just days before Christmas.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Big box store Target announced last week that a security breach exposed the credit and debit card information of some 40 million customers.

But asthe hours ticked down toward Christmas that didn’t keep Ocean state shoppers away.

With less than 48 hours to go before Christmas morning, a steady stream of customers moved in and out of the Target store at the Warwick Mall.

Many customers seemed unfazed or unworried by the security breach, and most continued to use their credit and debit cards.

Fred and Helen Butts were among many holiday shoppers.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
9:01 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: A Commercial Christmas Can Help The State's Economy

The 2013 Christmas tree at the Rhode Island Statehouse.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island the Rhode Island economy, and details what Congress can do to help.

Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard at 6:35 and 8:35 every Monday on Morning Edition and at 5:50 on All Things Considered. You can also follow his political reporting and analysis at our ‘On Politics’ blog at ripr.org.

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RI News
9:02 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Home Sales Surging Back In Rhode Island

Home sales have surged back in Rhode Island.
Credit Courtesy RI Housing

October was another good month for home sales in Rhode Island.

The sale of single family homes in Rhode Island rose 19 percent between October 2012 and October 2013. During the same time frame the median price rose from $200,000 to $204,000.  Sales of condos rose 11 percent over the year and the median price is up 17 percent.

Rhode Island Association of Realtors president Robert Martin said growth in the housing market is slow and steady with no negatives.

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RI News
9:15 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Community Food Bank Straining To Keep Up With Demand

This year saw the demand for food rise in Rhode Island.
Credit Rhode Island Community Food Bank.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is out with its annual report on hunger.  It shows the recession is still playing a very large role in the lives of Ocean State residents.

The Rhode Island Community Food Bank is now serving 68-thousand people a month, up three percent from a year ago and an all-time high.  At the same time, food donations are down by nearly two million pounds, said Food Bank CEO Andrew Schiff.

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RI News
9:08 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Jobless Numbers Up In Rhode Island

Unemployment grew in Rhode Island.
Credit RIPR FILE

The latest employment numbers for Rhode Island are a mixed bag.

The state’s unemployment rate ticked up one-tenth of a point in September then held in October at 9-point-2 percent. But Rhode Island has added 35-hundred jobs since July.

Sectors seeing the largest growth were Professional and Business Services and Accommodation and Food Services. Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training Director Charles Fogarty said construction has also seen a nice bump over the past few months.

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RI News
8:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Shops Open As Historic Providence Arcade Gets New Life

The 1828 building the Providence Arcade now house 17 locally owned RI shops and restaurants.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

After sitting vacant for four years the Providence Arcade, one of the country’s oldest indoor shopping malls, has reopened.

Now the building, built in 1828, is getting a new life.

A bike shop, a jewelry store, and a café and bar were among the first wave of new stores to open in the newly renovated Arcade.

In all, eleven of the seventeen shops to be housed in the historic mall were ready for business during the first phase of its re-opening.

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Business
2:41 pm
Fri October 18, 2013

Providing Fertile Ground For Entrepreneurs

How do you define a start-up? And are these entrepreneurial businesses finding what they need to thrive and grow in Rhode Island?

Host Dave Fallon speaks with Philip Eil, editor of the Providence Phoenix, about Rhode Island's entrepreneurial landscape.

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Business
9:02 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Government Shutdown Creating Some Obstacles For Homebuyers

The partial government shutdown is proving to be a problem for some American home buyers.  Most lenders require income verification through the IRS.  The verification requirement is problematic because most IRS functions have been suspended.  

Victoria Doran, president of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors, says it hasn’t caused a logjam yet but will if the government shutdown continues much longer.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:41 am
Mon October 14, 2013

Looking From Rhode Island, Massachussetts Grass Isn't Much Greener

Rhode Island State Capitol building
Credit RIPR FILE

It seems sometimes like every Rhode Island business and political leader points to the better economy in Massachusetts. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay looked across the state border and finds more myth than reality.

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