The House Finance Committee is slated to vote Tuesday on a bill that would clear the path for a hotel to be built at Twin River in Lincoln. The casino was banned from building a hotel as part of a law passed in 2005.

Twin River says a hotel will help it compete, as the casino faces growing competition from new gambling facilities in Massachusetts and Connecticut. Gambling is Rhode Island’s third-largest source of state revenue, and out of state casinos could cut the Ocean State’s annual revenue by up to $100 million.

Artscape: Opera Star Calls Rhode Island Home

Dec 26, 2013
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John Reylea is an internationally renowned opera star.

The bass singer has performed and recorded with many orchestras and companies including Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Boston Symphony.

Reylea hails from Canada, but now calls Rhode Island his home.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with the opera star, to talk about his career and what brought him to the ocean state.

Hearthside House in Lincoln Prepares for Battle

Sep 13, 2013

Friday is the first day of a three-day Civil War battle and camp reenactment weekend in Lincoln's historic Hearthside mansion.

Thousands of spectators are expected to attend the biennial reenactment, this year it will be called "The Road to Richmond;" a reference to the Union Army's attempts at taking the Confederate capital.

David Olstein, the museum manager for Hearthside House Museum, described a typical battle reenactment.

A bill that would enable Rhode Islanders to pay less in inheritance taxes was the subject of a Senate Finance Committee hearing Tuesday. The bill is one of a number of tax proposals that will be debated during this session.