Rhode Island

Education
9:18 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Civil Rights Leader To Speak At URI

URI's Kingston campus.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rev. Bernard Lafayette Jr., a leader in the civil rights movement, will speak at the University of Rhode Island Tuesday.

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Politics
9:13 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Bill Looks To Create Commission To Investigate State Loan Programs

A new bill would create a commission to investigate state loan programs.
Credit RIPR FILE

A bill slated to be considered Tuesday by the House Finance Committee would create a commission to investigate loan programs like the one that funded 38 Studios. House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has opposed the idea of lawmakers using subpoenas to probe 38 Studios.

The bill sponsored by state Representative Michael Chippendale (R-Foster) would create a nine-member panel to investigate unsuccessful state loan programs. Chippendale said it’s important to press for answers even if the state budget being voted on later this week includes money to pay back 38 Studios’ investors.

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RI News
5:18 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

VA Audit: Providence VA Has Some Of Longest Wait Times

Providence VA hospital has some of the nation's longest wait times.
Credit RIPR FILE

An audit released by the VA finds patients at the Providence VA Medical Center have some of the longest average waits in the nation to receive primary care. The Providence VA said that’s due to staff who retired and an increase in patients at its clinic in Hyannis, MA.

New patients receiving their first primary care appointments waited an average of about 74 days, according to the VA audit. Only seven other facilities across the country had longer waits.

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RI News
10:26 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Central Falls Library Gets Another Boost From Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin speaking to the audience at Fete Ballroom in Providence.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Central Falls Library is looking to expand its programming for students.  The library got a big boost from actor Alec Baldwin at a fundraiser over the weekend.

Alec Baldwin cracked jokes before a packed crowd at the Fete Ballroom in Providence before reading a James Thurber short story.

"We’re going do a little short stories, and some poetry and some Shakespeare.  You can keep getting drunk too, like you normally do here," said Baldwin.

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The Bottom Line
4:45 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

The Bottom Line: Flexibility Key To Success At Blount Fine Foods

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

This week Dave and Mark talk with Todd Blount, president of Blount Fine Foods located in Warren, RI and Fall River, MA. They discuss how the company found itself expanding during the recession, how to anticipate public tastes, and the effects of technology on production and employee skills.

When to Listen

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

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Politics
8:24 am
Fri June 6, 2014

House Finance Committee Passes $8.7 Billion Budget

Lawmakers announce plan to zap Sakonnet River Bridge toll. House Finance Chairman Ray Gallison stands at the microphone.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

On a 14-2 margin, the House Finance Committee Thursday approved an $8.7 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July first.  Lawmakers say they hope tax cuts will bolster Rhode Island’s underperforming economy.

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Politics
10:33 am
Thu June 5, 2014

House Committee Approves Mental Health Gun Legislation

The House Judiciary Committee voted to approve what may be some of the only gun legislation this session.

The National Instant Criminal Background Check System, or NICS, is one of three federal databases that federally licensed gun sellers check before selling anyone a gun.  

Right now the state does not submit any information to NICS.  The bill voted on by the House Judiciary Committee would allow the state’s District Court to report to NICS anyone who has been deemed a danger to themselves or others after a mental health hearing.

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Arts & Culture
8:40 am
Thu June 5, 2014

Alec Baldwin To Speak At Fundraiser For Central Falls Library

Actor Alec Baldwin will be in Rhode Island this weekend to help raise money for the Central Falls library. The event, called “Baldwin for Books” features the actor along with Central Falls students and teachers reading passages from literature. There will also be a raffle to read Shakespeare with Baldwin. The library’s executive director Joel Pettit  says he doesn’t know why the actor is helping the library, but has an idea.

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Politics
8:36 am
Thu June 5, 2014

New Poll Shows Raimondo And Taveras Neck And Neck

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras leads the poll with 33 percent support.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

A new poll shows that Angel Taveras and Gina Raimondo remain locked in tight battle in the Democratic primary for governor.  The WPRI/Providence Journal poll surveyed 506 Democratic primary voters.

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RI News
9:07 am
Wed June 4, 2014

'Superman' Building Owner Renews Call For State Support Of Rehab Project

Superman building owner is asking for $39M for to rehab, the now vacant building in downtown Providence.
Credit RIPR FILE

The owner of the Superman Building in downtown Providence renewed his call Tuesday for a public-private partnership to revitalize the vacant skyscraper. But it remains unclear whether the state will provide $39 million in requested help.

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