An economist who has studied the impact of sports stadiums says Rhode Island should be wary of committing taxpayer dollars to pay for construction on a new facility for the PawSox. 

Pawtucket Police, along with police in Massachusetts have arrested a man suspected of stabbing 53 year old William McKenna.  McKenna is the younger brother of state Supreme Court Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg.

New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession.  Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.

The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.


Once again the Pawtucket Red Sox are under threat of leaving the state. The team is up for sale, its former owner Ben Mondor died four years ago. His widow Madeleine is looking to sell the minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Joining me to parse out what we know and what we don’t know about the team’s fate, is Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay.

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Written by artistic director Tony Estrella, from the award-winning novel by British expatriate Barry Unsworth, “Morality Play” sweeps through a raucous, roiling time of murder and madness, of corruption, of just plain hard times.  It's a tidal wave of provocation and problems. Change is good? Sometimes. And sometimes it's not.

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For more than 80 years, Theresa Landry has taught Rhode Islanders how to dance. But Landry will hang up her tap shoes and close her studio for good Saturday.

For generations, students have tapped and turned at the Theresa Landry Dance Studio on Dexter Street in Pawtucket. But the building’s been sold, forcing Landry to retire. And at 93 years old, she’s ready. “Well I think God is telling me that it’s time for me to have more time for myself and my family,” she said.

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That's it. Last time out, you may remember, the Gamm did “Grounded,” a high altitude look at an American female fighter pilot that was quick and memorable.

This time artistic director Tony Estrella and his crew have moved to Norway for a dog fight with one of the great, groundbreaking plays of all time, Henrik Ibsen's “Hedda  Gabler.”

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A few weeks ago we brought you the story of Hannah Rini, a transgender student in Pawtucket, who was bullied to the point where she left Goff Junior High School before finishing 7th grade. Pawtucket School officials declined to comment before the story aired, and they still say they can't discuss Hannah's story directly because of student privacy rules.

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Award winning musician Regina Carter is a genre bending violinist. Though classically trained, she’s made a career recording jazz, folk and fiddle styles. She’s performed around the world, but this week Carter was in Rhode Island spending time with local music students. This was one stop she made in a series of events by FirstWorks, including a concert Saturday night at RISD.

Michelle Rini

Last year, we introduced you to Pawtucket student Hannah Rini, who was about to start her first year of middle school as an openly transgender student. Before her first day at Goff Junior High she was filled with hope about the new friends she would make.  She felt confident because of the way her elementary school friends accepted her when she came out:

“I don’t know how they knew, but they knew I was trans. Maybe the way I was acting? They just weren’t surprised one bit,” Rini said at the time.

The Pawsox take on the Omaha Storm Chasers in a showdown game tonight for the national championship.

The Storm Chasers won the national championship last year, while the Pawsox lost it to Reno back in 2012. But the Pawsox are riding high after beating the Durham Bulls for the Governor’s Cup. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said the $72.5 million Red Sox recruit, Rusney Castillo, has been a real asset to the team.

The Pawsox won their first game in the Governor’s Cup finals, beating the Durham Bulls Tuesday night 3 – 2.  This was the first time Rusney Castillo played with the Pawsox. He’s the Cuban outfielder who just signed a $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox. Team spokesman Bill Wanless said Castillo has been welcomed by both teammates and fans.

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It will be a busy night for baseball fans and political junkies – as the primary votes are being counted, the Pawsox will play the first game in the Governor’s Cup finals. The Pawsox take on the Durham Bulls at McCoy Stadium.

Rusney Castillo, the Cuban outfielder generating buzz for the Red Sox, will be playing for the Pawsox.  The Red Sox landed the Cuban defector with a seven-year, $72.5 million contract. Now local fans will get their first glimpse of him in person before heading up to Boston.

Keeping Busy: Harvest Kitchen

Aug 14, 2014
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This summer, we’re bringing you stories of programs for kids during the summer months, for a series we’re calling “Keeping Busy.”  These programs are aimed specifically towards at-risk youth, many of whom don’t have safe, productive, places to spend their summer vacations. 

For this installment, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender visited Harvest Kitchen, a culinary program in Pawtucket.

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Rhode Island has received more than $2.7 million to clean up contaminated properties in Pawtucket, Providence, and Westerly.

Senator Jack Reed says these federal grants awarded through the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfields Program will help local governments protect public health and redevelop former industrial sites for better use. Reed says it’ll also benefit the economy by creating jobs and increasing the value of surrounding properties.