Rhode Island

Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

Over the years Trinity Rep has made its mark taking new looks at classic plays. This time out it's “To Kill a Mockingbird” that is seen with a fresh perspective. RIPR theater critic Bill Gale says the new take works, but just barely.

    

That's right. Since the days of leadership by Adrian Hall, Trinity has rarely done a show in the usual way. Think of a 1920s car being driven, more or less, through the upstairs theater decades ago. Or remember an onstage abortion, or a veteran actor chopping a chunk of beef, in place of a man.

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Rhode Island Transit officials announced the creation of a new bus corridor through downtown Providence. The 1.4 mile transit project replaces the now-scrapped city streetcar project. 

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After more than 60 years at the helm, Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein has named his successor. The festival this week named Grammy-winning bassist Christian McBride as its new artistic director.

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Rhode Island’s aquaculture industry grew by 7 percent last year despite icy conditions in coastal waters.

Frozen coastal ponds meant individual growers harvested less shellfish than the previous year, according to David Beutel, aquaculture coordinator with the state Coastal Resources Management Council.

“However because in 2015 we had more growers than we had the year before, overall the state's production was up,” said Beutel. “It did balance out for an overall increase.”

The demand for oysters is driving that overall growth, he said.

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Residents in the city of Providence can now use a mobile app to get in touch with city staff for problems in the city. Providence residents can call 3-1-1 or, use the new mobile app to connect with the Mayor’s center for city services.

City spokesperson Evan England says citizens can use the app to lodge a complaint, request a service, or make an inquiry.

  “Whether that’s plowing, trash collection, inquiries about pickup dates, parking, we encourage residents to try 3-1-1 first,” said England.

Historic Providence Elms Struck Down By Fungal Disease

Mar 9, 2016
Richard Cooper

Four towering elm trees had to be cut down in Providence last week, after being struck with Dutch elm disease. The trees were more than 100-years-old.

They stood on the property of the historic John Brown House since the early 1900s.

The Rhode Island Historical Society owns the property and plans to replace the European Elms with mixture of different elm species.

It’s been about a year since the last time the historical society was forced to cut down trees because of the Dutch elm fungus.

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Two Syrian refugee families now call Rhode Island home, which had caused fear and outrage for some government officials and community leaders. However, the Ocean State has a long history of resettling refugees and these families and individuals come from all over the world.

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The state is moving ahead with a new program meant to connect out of work Rhode Islanders with tech sector jobs. The Ocean State was among the states selected last year to take part in the federal Tech-Hire initiative.

Governor Gina Raimondo said more than 30 employers, including Hasbro and Citizens Bank, have signed on to take part in the Tech-Hire program.

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Scientists at the Narragansett Bay Commission are getting a new building at the Field’s Point campus. That’s where the wastewater agency will house labs with the latest technology.

Weeks after students staged a sit-in over allegations of racism on campus, Providence College has detailed plans to address the students' concerns. In a letter, college officials outlined proposed changes to faculty training and the college curriculum.

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Attorneys with the American Civil Liberties Union are expected in court today for a Rhode Island immigration case that began four years ago. It centers on Ada Morales, a North Providence resident who was detained by immigration officials despite being a U.S. citizen.

Lawyers on the case are seeking summary judgment to expedite the case as it moves towards a trial. ACLU attorney Jennifer Chang-Newell says the detainment violated Morales’ constitutional rights.

Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

Pawtucket's Gamm Theatre is currently doing the Irish play “A Skull in Connemara.” It's a work infrequently done, certainly not as often as playwright Martin McDonagh's best, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane.” Bill Gale thinks he knows the reason why.

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The full House of Representatives voted in favor of putting the Tiverton Casino proposal on the November ballot in Rhode Island.

The initiative was also approved in Senate committee Wednesday. That companion bill is expected to go before the full Senate Thursday.

The House Finance Committee takes up legislation to put a Tiverton Casino proposal on the November ballot. The owners of Twin River in Lincoln hope to build an 85,000 square foot casino, complete with slot machines and table games, like poker and blackjack.

Will Ricketson / U.S. Sailing Team Sperry

  While former Rhode Island governor Lincoln Chafee’s presidential campaign didn’t pan out, his daughter’s Olympic campaign is a different story.

Earlier this month, Louisa Chafee earned her spot on the 2016 Olympic Sailing Team. Chafee began sailing as a child, and went onto become a three-time All-American at Brown University.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Emily Wooldridge caught up with Louisa about her personal journey, and preparations for the Games this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. 

Proposed Bill Aims to Prevent Head Injuries in Softball

Feb 29, 2016

Softball isn’t often in the news for causing head trauma, but local lawmaker Eileen Naughton thinks that is an oversight. The Democratic Representative from Warwick introduced legislation last week requiring Interscholastic League pitchers, first basemen and third basemen to wear protective facemasks.

Naughton is herself a former high school softball player, and she says that while people pay more attention to women’s sports than they did in her youth, dangerous injuries in girls’ athletics are still not getting the attention they deserve.

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