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8:33 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Middletown Officials Working To Bring Broadband Internet To Aquidneck Island

Officials on Aquidneck Island hope to bring broadband internet to Newport, Middletown, and Portsmouth.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Officials in Middletown say slow internet speeds are driving away business, and they’re urging  Newport and Portsmouth to help pay for a faster internet for all of Aquidneck Island.

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RI News
12:02 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Newport Zoning Board To Hold Final Hearings On Breakers Visitor Center

The Breakers Mansion in Newport
Credit Wikimedia Commons

One of the last meetings in an ongoing battle over a visitor’s center at the historic Breakers Mansion in Newport will be held Tuesday.  

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Arts & Culture
9:07 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Early Wave Of Jazz Festival Tickets Go On Sale

Newport Jazz Fest, 2013
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Tickets the Newport Jazz Festival’s Friday shows go on sale at ten o’clock this morning.  It’s the 61st anniversary of the festival.

The Friday concert was added for the jazz festival’s 60th anniversary last year.  Festival organizers decided to offer it again this year.  The lineup will focus on emerging artists and new jazz styles.  Performers include Grammy winner Snarky Puppy, a thirteen piece jazz fusion group, who made their festival debut last year. 

The Friday concerts will be held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport.  The tickets cost $40, and $20 for students.

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Engineer's Corner
11:13 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

TheEC: Better HD Radio for 102.7FM

Spectrum analyzer of WRNI-FM's signal, with adjustments in progress.
Credit Aaron Read RIPR

Friday night and mid-day Saturday (Nov.14 & 15) ended up being a bit of a saga for what was supposed to be a routine upgrade for our 102.7FM signal in South County.   So first off, an apology to our RIPR listeners on 102.7FM, and to MVYradio's listeners to the 96.5FM signal in Newport.  There were several dropouts, periods when RIPR was on backup transmitter (and thus 96.5 was off entirely), or when both transmitters were down.

Exactly what happened could be described as an avalanche of minutiae, but I'll lay it out as best I can.

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Arts & Culture
11:03 am
Wed November 12, 2014

Newport Jazz Festival Tickets Go On Sale Eleven Months Before Concert

2013 Newport Jazz Festival
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Tickets for the Newport Jazz Festival go on sale today. This will be the 61st year for the annual Newport Jazz Fest.

Though the music doesn’t start until July 31st, the public will be able to purchase tickets for the historic festival 10 o’clock this morning.  Last year, for the sixtieth anniversary, the Jazz fest added a third day to its typical two-day lineup.  It’s holding onto the three day schedule this year. The festival is introducing a new cheaper one-day ticket, allowing visitors to choose whether they want to go on Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

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Politics
9:21 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Developer May Try Again To Bring Table Games To Newport

Table games are not coming to Newport Grand, at least for the time being.
Credit RIPR FILE

Developer Joe Paolino says he’ll try again to bring table games to Newport. Voters approved turn the Newport Grand slot parlor into a casino, but Newporters voted it down. 

Massachusetts voters gave gambling there a thumbs up. And that will hurt the slot parlor, said Paolino “You know right now I’m more concerned about the workers, because the workers are the ones that really put up this fight, they’re very concerned about their jobs.”

Proponents pushed the jobs angle; while opponents said a casino didn’t fit in Newport.

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Politics
9:12 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Expanded Casino Gaming On The Line As Newporters Head To Polls

Newport Grand slot parlor; supporters hope to open table games in the facility, pending approval from voters.
Credit RIPR FILE

This Election Day Newport voters will decide whether table games like poker and blackjack will be allowed at Newport Grand slot parlor.  The issue has become divisive in the small waterfront city.

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Rhody Votes 2014
8:39 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Rhody Votes '14: A Closer Look At The Casino Issue Dividing Newport

Newport Grand has stood without table games for 38 years, now Newport residents could change that on November 4th.
Credit RIPR FILE

Newport residents defeated the expansion of table games like poker and blackjack at Newport Grand slot parlor two years ago.  But because casinos with table games are likely coming to southern Massachusetts, the issue is back on the ballot. 

This time however, a team of developers want to buy Newport Grand, and they have a plan to sweeten the pot, hoping to get approval.  As part of our Rhody Votes coverage Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender explains how the issue is dividing residents in this historic city by the sea.

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One Square Mile
4:11 am
Sat October 11, 2014

One Square Mile: When A Big Personality Brings Light To The Lighthouses Of Narragansett Bay

Lighthouse tour guide Arthur Strauss
Catherine Welch RIPR

In our series One Square Mile we're exploring Narragansett Bay: what's lurking in the bay, its rich natural resources, how it affects the state's economy and the lives lived on the bay.  One of those lives is that of a tour guide who for years has delighted ferry passengers with fascinating stories of the many lighthouses in and around the bay.  

At Quonset Point, the ferry called The Ava Pearl idles along the dock as passengers line up to board. A man with a shock of white hair stands near the front of the line.

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Education
8:46 am
Thu October 9, 2014

One Square Mile: The Slave Trade On The Narragansett Bay

Portrait of John Potter (1716-1787) and his family including three women and a young black servant. John Potter was a wealthy South Kingstown planter.
Credit Newport Historical Society

We continue our series One Square Mile: Narragansett Bay with a look at the bay’s role in the slave trade. Tens of thousands of slaves were traded on ships out of Narragansett Bay, more than any other part of North America.

Newport was at one time the largest slave-trading port in the region. To find out more, Rhode Island Public Radio's education reporter Elisabeth Harrison met Newport history teacher Matt Boyle at Bannisters Wharf, which was built by a merchant involved in the slave trade. She asked him what it would have looked like in mid-18th Century.

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