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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:07 pm
Sun October 27, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: Out With The Old, In With The New

John F. Kennedy put it eloquently in his 1961 inaugural address: ``Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans.’’

The Ocean State elections promise to turn friend into foe, but that happens every two years in our insular political culture. What is becoming notable as the parade forms for the 2014 is the changing of the generational guard.

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The Bottom Line
4:40 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

The Bottom Line: Success Stories in Rhode Island

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark discuss the opening of the Arcade in downtown Providence and its significance for redevelopment of the downtown. They also analyze the record quarterly earnings of Washington Trust Bank, looking at how it happened and whether this is a model for other banks.

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Environment
1:56 pm
Fri October 25, 2013

Hubble The Seal Swims Free Off The Rhode Island Coast

Hubble, a male harbor seal, starts his big adventure at Blue Shutters Beach after spending the summer recovering at the Mystic Aquarium.
Credit Mystic Aquarium

Hubble the seal is swimming free Friday after spending the summer recovering from injuries at the Mystic Aquarium.

Hubble’s journey began on a beach in Maine where researchers found him abandoned by his mother. He made his way to the Mystic Aquarium, and researchers fattened him up and treated problems with his eyes. Those eyes, said the Mystic Aquarium’s Skip Graf, were what made the curious, young seal so special.

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RI News
7:02 am
Fri October 25, 2013

RI Big Brothers Big Sisters Steps In To Help Connecticut Kids

The head of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State said it was a no-brainer to step in and help after news broke that a chapter in Connecticut announced it was closing.

The chapter covering New London and Groton Connecticut is closing its doors on November 1st. That would have left 50 kids and their mentors in the lurch, but the Rhode Island chapter will supervise those kids, said Deborah Saunders, Executive Director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Ocean State.

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Transportation
2:59 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Rhode Island Joins Group Of States In Zero-Emission Pledge

Fifty charging stations were installed across the state during the summer.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Rhode Island is one of eight states that joined a pledge Thursday to put 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on the road by 2025. The pledge comes just weeks after the state installed 50 charging stations.

The pledge calls for more infrastructure to support the millions of electric cars expected to hit the road in the next dozen years. Every car maker is working to have an electric car for sale by 2015, but auto dealers say charging stations are key to getting consumers behind the wheel.

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RI News
6:28 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Rhode Island Developer Baccari Indicted

Noted Rhode Island developer Richard Baccari has been indicted by a federal grand jury on one count of conspiracy and one count of bribery, the U.S. Attorney’s office announced Wednesday.

The federal prosecutors allege that Baccari paid $50,000 in bribes to North Providence political leaders to purchase their votes to win a town zoning change to clear the path for development of a Stop & Shop supermarket.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Dave Fallon to dissect the charges against Baccari.

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RI News
8:42 am
Wed October 23, 2013

What To Expect When You're Expecting Another World Series Championship

The first game of the 2013 World Series will be played at Fenway Park in Boston.
Credit ESPN

The Boston Red Sox kick off their World Series battle against the St.Louis Cardinals tonight at Fenway Park.

Here at Rhode Island Public Radio we have a couple of Red Sox fanatics who also cover politics; so we asked them to take off their political hats for a moment, and put on their baseball caps.

Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison sits down with our political team Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay, to talk about the exciting series.

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RI News
4:29 pm
Tue October 22, 2013

Providence’s David Ortiz Is Rhode Island’s Little Papi

As the Red Sox prepare for Wednesday night’s World Series opener at Fennway Park, one Rhode Islander is feeling the love being shown Number 34, big slugger David Ortiz.  

David Ortiz, the Red Sox designated hitter, is known as Big Papi. David Ortiz, the spokesman for Providence’s mayor, is known as Little Papi. “You know it’s funny, Mayor Taveras gave me the nickname Little Papi,” said Ortiz.

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Politics
9:01 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Gov. Chafee Honored For Efforts To Increase Women In State Government

Governor Lincoln Chafee has been honored his work to increase the number of women holding state government jobs.
Credit RIPR FILE

Governor Lincoln Chafee is winning praise on his record of appointing women to state boards and commissions.

Chafee was cited by the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island for living up to a campaign pledge of putting more women in state positions.

A report by the Women’s Fund says that women hold 34 percent of state board and commission appointments.

That’s up from just 15 percent when Chafee took over the governor’s office from Don Carcieri in 2011.

Of the 1,071 appointments made by Chafee, 441 have been women.

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RI News
8:47 am
Tue October 22, 2013

Shops Open As Historic Providence Arcade Gets New Life

The 1828 building the Providence Arcade now house 17 locally owned RI shops and restaurants.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

After sitting vacant for four years the Providence Arcade, one of the country’s oldest indoor shopping malls, has reopened.

Now the building, built in 1828, is getting a new life.

A bike shop, a jewelry store, and a café and bar were among the first wave of new stores to open in the newly renovated Arcade.

In all, eleven of the seventeen shops to be housed in the historic mall were ready for business during the first phase of its re-opening.

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