Rhode Island

Arts & Culture
10:08 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Taste Trekkers Descend On Providence

Food trucks wrap up the Taste Trekkers convention in Providence
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence restaurants did a brisk business this weekend as a convention of foodies descended on the capital city.

For the uninitiated, a taste trekker is a person who plans their vacations around food.  Over the weekend some 150 of these people visited Providence for the first Taste Trekkers Convention.  They listened to top chefs, heard lectures on subjects as obscure as Memphis barbecue and chocolate from Madagascar, and of course they ate.  Matt Bowie came from Somerville, Massachusetts.

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RI News
9:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Rhode Island Survey to Determine What Services Are Needed

The Rhode Island Community Action Association is asking people who received surveys in the mail to complete them and return them.   Ten thousand Rhode Islanders were selected at random to receive the surveys.  The purpose, said Association director Paula McFarland is to determine if the state is doing enough to provide the human services people need.

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RI News
9:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Cranston Public Library Offering 3D Printing Services

The city of Cranston is the first to offer 3D Printing services at it's public library.
Credit RIPR FILE

Cranston has become the first public library in the state to offer its patrons the use of a 3D printer.  The printer turns digital images into objects made of plastic. The machine cost about three thousand dollars but will be free to the public to use.

Cranston library director Ed Garcia says training sessions are filling up fast.

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RI News
9:08 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Sixth Rhode Islander Lost in The War On Terror

Six Rhode Islanders have died in military action since the start of the 'War on Terror'
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Rhode Island has lost a sixth soldier to the war on terrorism. The Rhode Island  National Guard has announced the death of Staff Sergeant Timothy McGill in Afghanistan.

Sergeant McGill lived in Ramsey, New Jersey but was a member of the Rhode Island National Guard.  He was assigned to company A 2nd Battalion, 19th Special Forces.  He was killed Saturday from wounds received by small arms fire in eastern Afghanistan.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:43 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Harsh Realities of Rhode Island's Economy

Jump starting Rhode Island's economy will take more than the typical statehouse spin.
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Rhode Island’s politicians are talking about the economy again. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay warns of a campaign cliché voters ought to view with skepticism

As predictable as the turning of autumn leaves, Rhode Island’s political campaigns will once again be filled with talk about creating jobs and jump-starting our stalled economy. Expect to hear the ancient Ocean State chestnut from the pols who’ll say, the biggest economic fear of Rhode Islanders is that their children can’t stay in our state because there aren’t enough jobs.

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Theater Reviews
2:27 am
Mon September 23, 2013

The Gamm’s Season Opener is a Clunker

Credit Peter Goldberg / The Gamm TheatreCasey Seymour Kim and Alexander Platt in "Far Away" by Caryl Churchill, directed by Tony Estrella.Edit | Remove

For decades, English playwright Caryl Churchill has been accorded Goddess stature in the upper reaches of play writing circles. Fiercely political, strongly on the left, Churchill made her mark with plays of attitude and insight.

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Business
2:00 pm
Fri September 20, 2013

Group Will Promote the Tasty Side of RI’s Economy at Waterfire

This pig at Pat's Pastured is part of Rhode Island's growing farm to table economy.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

There will be a tent set up at Saturday’s Waterfire to educate residents about Rhode Island’s growing food sector. The tent will offer samples from a wide variety of locally made foods and beverages. By luring people through their taste buds, project coordinator Melissa Withers said they can then show the public the diversity of expertise in the state’s food economy.

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Politics
8:52 am
Fri September 20, 2013

David Caprio Backed By Speaker Fox to Become Next Chair of the RI Democratic Party

Former State Rep David Caprio may become the next chair of the Rhode Island democrats.
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Former state rep David Caprio has House Speaker Gordon Fox’s blessing to become the next chair of the Rhode Island Democratic Party.  Rhode Island Democrats are expected to formally endorse Caprio during an October 3rd state committee meeting in Cranston.  

David Caprio is a member of one of Rhode Island’s most prominent political families. His brother Frank ran for governor in 2010 and hope to win back his old job as state treasurer next year. Their father, also named Frank Caprio, is the chief municipal judge in Providence.

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RI News
8:35 am
Fri September 20, 2013

Rhode Island's Unemployment Increasing

Unemployment persists in the Ocean State.
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Rhode Island’s unemployment rate is headed in the wrong direction.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate increased from 8.9 percent in July to 9.1 percent in August.  At the same time the national unemployment rate fell one-tenth of a percentage point to 7.3 percent.

The number of unemployed residents is 50,100 – up 800 from July. Over the year, however, the number of unemployed has fallen by about eight thousand.

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RI News
2:48 pm
Thu September 19, 2013

RI State Police Crack Down on Underage Drinking

Rhode Island State Police Col. Steven O'Donnell at a press conference announcing a crackdown on underage drinking.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

State police are going all out this year to combat underage drinking. A task force has been monitoring places where underage drinking has historically been a problem.

State police Colonel Steven O’Donnell said a task force comprised of state, municipal and campus police has been formed to address the problem of underage drinking.   Since the beginning of September

they’ve investigated 30 nightclubs and several house parties near college campuses. Twenty-six people were summoned to appear in court on charges of alcohol possession by an underage person.

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