RI News
8:57 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Officials Expect A Lucrative Rhode Island Tourist Season

Events like the Newport Folk Festival draw thousands to Rhode Island during the state's important tourist season.

Beaches have opened and warm weather is upon us, which can mean only one thing for the Ocean State, tourist season has begun. State officials are expecting increases in revenue compared to last year. Summer arrived later than usual last year, and Rhode Island saw just an average tourist season.  But this year thermometers have already been pushing 80 degrees. 

Director of tourism for Commerce RI, Mark Brodeur said early beach openings, and events like the Volvo Ocean sailing race in Newport are giving the season a strong start.

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RI News
8:48 am
Tue May 12, 2015

Despite Outside Interest, Pawsox Prefer To Stay In Rhode Island

Artist rendering of proposed waterfront baseball stadium in Providence

Despite interest from other communities, the PawSox say they remain focused on moving the team to Providence. New Bedford officials have indicated a desire to attract the PawSox if things don’t work out in the Ocean State.

PawSox spokeswoman Patti Doyle said the team’s ownership continues to focus on what it calls Plan A – wining support for the construction of a new ballpark near downtown Providence.

City councilors in New Bedford said they’d like to interest the PawSox in relocating there, but recognize that Rhode Island is the team’s first choice.

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RI News
4:08 pm
Sat May 9, 2015

Bike Fest RI, Trying To Grow Providence Cycling Community

Cycling fans roll out the bicycles Saturday for Bike Fest RI.  The annual event is hosted this year at the Met School in Providence.

Organizers say it kicks off Rhode Island’s cycling season. That’s cycling season if you’re a casual biker. Hard core cyclists like Ed Raff ride through the winter. Raff is one of the organizers of Bike Fest RI. He said the event is geared toward getting everyone try biking just a little bit more.

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Tue May 5, 2015

Raimondo Unsure If PawSox Deal Will Be Decided This Legislative Session

Governor Raimondo speaking Tuesday during a news conference in Warwick.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Gina Raimondo said Tuesday she's unsure if the Pawtucket Red Sox proposal to move to Providence will be decided -- as the team's ownership hopes -- before the end of the General Assembly session.

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RI News
8:58 pm
Sat May 2, 2015

Hundreds Take To The Streets In Providence In Solidarity With Baltimore

Protesters in Providence
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Hundreds of protestors marched through the streets of Providence Saturday demanding better relations with law enforcement. The event took place in solidarity with similar demonstrations in Baltimore.

Flanked by police officers, community members, organizers and activists marched through the streets carrying signs that read "black lives matter," "end police brutality," and simply "resist."

The demonstration was spurred by the recent death of Freddie Gray, a black man in Baltimore who died following injuries he sustained while in police custody.

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