Fall River

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At a time when unemployment, and economic development, remain at the forefront of many people’s minds, columnist Bob Kerr reflects on a once thriving local industry.

Mills, producing products like silver and textiles once kept Rhode Island and Massachusetts cities like Woonsocket, Providence and Fall River, bustling hubs of economic activity.

Kerr reflects on the loss of that industry, and the legacy it’s left behind.

Bob Kerr, the Providence Journal’s eloquent everyman and the newspaper’s marquee columnist for more than two decades, has been laid off by the ProJo’s new owners, the New Media Investment Group.

Instead of letting him retire gracefully, the new owners fired the newspaper’s heart and soul  in a particularly callous manner  - in a personnel meeting that Kerr described as ``pretty cold and abrupt.’’

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

This week Dave and Mark talk with Todd Blount, president of Blount Fine Foods located in Warren, RI and Fall River, MA. They discuss how the company found itself expanding during the recession, how to anticipate public tastes, and the effects of technology on production and employee skills.

When to Listen

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

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

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.

When to Listen

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

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In what would be a serious threat to Rhode Island’s state gambling revenue stream, Fall  River is eyeing yet another attempt to enter the casino market.

Mayor William Flanagan has scheduled an announcement for Tuesday on a deal for a $750 million casino in the seen-better-days onetime textile center in  southeastern Massachusetts that practically straddles the R.I. border, according to several Massachusetts media outlets, including WBUR.

Partnering with Fall River would be Foxwoods, the Connecticut-based tribal gambling empire.

Tiverton police said they’ve seen double the number of home break-ins over the past two months. Capt. Patrick Jones said since December 1st there have been about 10 break-ins a month, that’s compared to the typical three to five per month.  Jones said right before Christmas they were seeing one or two a week.