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6:20 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Heavy Rain, More Severe River Flooding In A Warmer Rhode Island

A flood in 2005 was the first catastrophic flood that affected Paul Prendergast's house in Johnston. The next one took place in 2010.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Decades of development along floodplains and on wetlands in Johnston have made the town vulnerable to severe flood issues. Scientists say climate change may make these floods even worse, with more frequent and intense storms. A couple families that have long dealt with floods year after year will soon get relief, as federal money is available to buy out and demolish these properties in flood zones in the Pocasset River watershed.

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Arts & Culture
5:16 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Festival Ballet Delivers Fine Work, Powerful Dancing

Ruth Whitney and Alan Alberto dance in Festival Ballet's Up Close on Hope.
Credit Thomas Nola-Rion

Ah, yes, definitely. You could call this “Up Close” wide-ranging. Then again you could say, ahh, it’s a mixed bag. But, fortunately, this show has enough fine work – some powerful dancing, and one emotionally charged piece – to make it worth recommending.

What artistic director Misha Djuric has done this time is turn basically to his own company for inspiration and dances. The result shows work from young dancers that are sometimes amusing, sometimes not so much. Then again Festival’s stronger veterans also put forth some fine work.

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Arts & Culture
9:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Documentary Tells Story Of Haven Brothers Food Truck

Director of the Haven Brothers documentary, Jeff Toste.
Credit Courtesy: Jeff Toste

“Haven Brothers: The Legacy of the American Diner” tells the story of the food truck that has been parked outside Providence City Hall for as long as most people remember.

Jeff Toste makes his directorial debut with the documentary that explores the food truck’s beginnings and how it was almost lost.  The documentary makes its Providence debut at the Columbus Theatre in Providence on June 6th.

Rhode Island Public Radio weekend host Chuck Hinman sat down with Toste to talk about the iconic food truck and capturing its history.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill?

After an investigation into former House Speaker Gordon Fox led to his resignation, corruption casts a pall over RI government yet again.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.

Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.

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The Bottom Line
1:50 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Twin River Will Compete With Gambling In MA

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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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 28, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Mattiello on the Pension Settlement, Tolls, Ethics, the Master Lever & More

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and guest panelist Erika Niedowski of The Associated Press join Bonus Q+A this week to discuss changes in the RI House; the proposed pension settlement; whether the House should vote on a proposal to restore state Ethics Commission oversight of the General Assembly; and much more.

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Artscape
4:40 am
Thu March 27, 2014

RI Music Hall Of Fame Welcomes Class Of 2014

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2014. There are nine inductees, who range from folk and jazz musicians to R&B to club owners. The museum located in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village will hold a series of events next month to induct the musicians.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch caught up with the museum’s Rick Bellaire for a few stories about these musicians from Rhode Island who made a name for themselves around the world.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Is Fox Yet Another RI Rascal Pol?

Former House Speaker Gordon Fox during the 2014 budget.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Once again, Rhode Island is attracting national attention for all the wrong reasons. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts about the federal raid on Speaker Gordon Fox’s office.

The specter of corruption in high political office haunts Rhode Island. As it has seemingly forever. For a state still in the grip of the recession, there are few things worse than the scene at the Statehouse Friday.

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The Bottom Line
2:01 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

The Bottom Line: Business Moving Into Quonset

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 Steven King, managing director of the Quonset Development Corporation. They discuss the latest news that food manufacturer Greencore Group is coming to Quonset, the latest on Deepwater Wind as a tenant and how the state is making property there shovel ready.

When to Listen

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

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The Education Blog
8:49 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Opposition to the Common Core Grows in Rhode Island

Tad Segal, Barrington parent and anti-common core activist
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

A trial run for the new standardized test known as the PARCC exam begins in Rhode Island next week. The test is slated to replace the annual NECAP in 2015, as public schools transition to a new set of standards called the Common Core.

A growing group of parents, teachers and others continue to raise questions about test and the Common Core. They are calling on Rhode Island lawmakers to stop the initiative in a movement that mirrors similar anti-Common Core efforts around the country.

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