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RI News
3:36 pm
Tue May 19, 2015

Rhode Island Continues To Struggle To Provide Adequate Affordable Housing

New affordable housing developments in Rhode Island, the RI Coalition for the homeless says the state must step up it's investment in affordable housing.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island falls short providing adequate affordable housing to its lower-income residents.  The report comes from the advocacy non-profit National Low Income Housing Coalition.

According to the study, Rhode Islanders must earn at least $18.49 an hour to afford an average two-bedroom apartment. The minimum wage is currently nine dollars an hour, though efforts are underway to raise that to $10.10.

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Environment
10:50 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Deepwater Wind Inks 20 Year Contract With RI Fast Ferry

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Deepwater Wind has entered into a 20 year contract with Rhode Island Fast Ferry out of North Kingstown. The ferry service will provide a vessel to help conduct maintenance on the Block Island wind farm which will be built by Deepwater Wind. The boat will be built by Blount Boats from Warren.

Jeff Grybowski, the CEO of Deepwater Wind said the contract will create some eighty jobs in Rhode Island.

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RI News
9:17 am
Tue May 19, 2015

Following The Death Of President Jim Skeffington, PawSox Fate In The Air

An artist rendering of the proposed baseball stadium in downtown Providence.

Jim Skeffington, the president of the PawSox died unexpectedly on Sunday after collapsing while jogging near his home in Barrington.  As a Providence lawyer, Skeffington was an influential dealmaker in the capital city for years. He was also the public face for the PawSox proposed move to a ballpark on the Providence River. Rhode Island Public Radio's political reporter Ian Donnis joined morning host Chuck Hinman to discuss Skeffington's death and what it could mean.

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Business
9:51 am
Mon May 18, 2015

The Bottom Line: Providence College's Economic Impact On The City And State

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

 

This week Mark and Dave speak with Steve Maurano, Associate Vice President of public affairs for Providence College.  The private Catholic institution recently completed an economic impact study. It shows the school has a $200 million dollar impact on the city and state.

 

When to listen

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

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RI News
8:44 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Thousands Gather In Newport To Bid Farewell To The Volvo Ocean Race

Boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race sail under the Newport bridge as they depart the City-by-the-Sea.
Credit Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

The six teams competing in the international Volvo Ocean Race departed Newport Sunday.It's the last time the sailors will see land until they reach Lisbon, Portugal.

Thousands of people turned up to Fort Adams in Newport, Sunday to see the crews off.  The City by the Sea has played host to the Volvo Ocean Race for the last week and a half.  It’s the only stopover city in the U.S. and North America.

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