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Airport officials, lawmakers and local elected officials attended a ground-breaking ceremony Monday for a planned runway expansion at T.F. Green Airport. The expansion is aimed at attracting more airlines and more nonstop flights to the Ocean State.

The construction will expand the major runway at T.F. Green to 8,700 feet, or a little longer than a mile and a half. Airport officials have touted the project as a way to accommodate the larger planes that fly coast-to-coast and overseas.

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 Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, for an update on Warwick’s "City Centre" development.

The conversation centers on new facilities under construction in Warwick, including a new hotel, the need for tax stabilization agreements to draw in companies, and T.F. Green Airport, which Avedisian describes as the plan’s economic engine.

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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 Warwick mayor Scott Avedisian. He's got an update on the development of Warwick’s new ‘City Centre,' details about a new hotel and the plan to use T.F. Green Airport as an engine to drive economic growth in the region.

Katherine Doherty

The presidential primary comes to Rhode Island in a little more than two weeks. As part of our RhodyVotes '16 coverage of this year’s election, we’re listening to what voters have to say across the state. Our producer Katherine Doherty found a range of views when she spoke to residents in Warwick. 

Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

“Break A Leg” is a well-known (if rarely seriously used) phrase to encourage an actor before he or she goes on stage. Now, Warwick's Ocean State Theatre presents “Breaking Legs,” a highly farcical comedy combining the theater world and the mafia. Bill Gale went to see it anyway.

The production, directed by Trinity Rep's Fred Sullivan Jr., turns out to be an overdone, over silly piece that somehow manages to be pretty darn funny.

New Sign Unveiled At Warwick's Rocky Point Park

Feb 1, 2016
Chuck Hinman

State and city officials unveiled a new street sign for Rocky Point Park in Warwick. The public park is home to a number of walking trails along the Narragansett coastline, and the site of a former popular amusement park.  

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian said the re-development of Rocky Point Park provides an important resource for the community. 

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Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian heads to New Hampshire this weekend for a summit on coastal flooding and sea level rise. 

The Bottom Line: Power Outages

Aug 13, 2015

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 sit down with Tim Horan, the president of National Grid in Rhode Island. The utility company had tens of thousands of customers loose power after powerful thunderstorms last week.

Horan discusses the feasibility of moving power lines underground to avoid this type of problem and the way National Grid prioritizes efforts to restore power once a storm has ended.

John Bender / RIPR

As residents continue to deal with the aftermath of last week’s destructive storms, lawmakers are hoping to help those most affected.

Members of Rhode Island’s Muslim community are speaking out following the arrest of a Warwick man on charges of aiding an Islamic terrorist group. The man was not known to leaders at one of the state’s largest mosques, Masjid Al-Islam.

Imam Mufti Ikram, who leads the congregation of about 300 to 400 people in North Smithfield, said members were shocked to learn of a terrorist threat.

A quiet Warwick neighborhood has been rocked in recent days following the arrest of one of its residents on terrorism charges. Federal authorities picked up 24-year-old Nicholas Rovinski on charges of aiding this Islamic State. He’s also charged with conspiring to commit acts of violence against U.S. citizens.

According to an affidavit Rovinski had an active online presence; communicating in support of the Islamic State, or ISIS.

Ambar Espinoza

Knocks went unanswered Friday at the Warwick home of Nicholas Rovinski, the man accused of conspiring to support the terrorist group that calls itself the Islamic State.

Rovinksi was in a Boston courtroom earlier Friday afternoon. Reporters described him as thin, with a dark beard and cropped hair.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ambar Espinoza reports that Rovinski's neighbors are saying little about the charges.

Warwick resident Nicholas Rovinski, who authorities say is also known as Nuh Amriki and Nuh al Andalusi, faces charges for conspiracy to provide material support to a terrorist organization.

Federal authorities allege the 24-year-old conspired with two other men, David Wright and Usaamah Abdullah Rahim, who was shot dead by authorities in Boston last week. Rahim was suspected of plotting to harm police officers.  

According to an affidavit, the men were planning an attack they believed would support the objectives of the Islamic State of Iraq, or ISIS.

Todd Ugine / Cornell University Department of Entomology

Scientists have confirmed a sighting of a rare ladybug at Rocky Point in Warwick.  The nine-spotted ladybug, once common in the eastern U.S. has almost disappeared. Volunteers with the Rhode Island Natural History Survey found one of the ladybugs during an expedition last year.  Natural History Survey Executive Director David Gregg says Warwick is not a place he would have expected to make a scientific find.

    

The Nepalese community in Rhode Island is helping victims of the devastating earthquake that rocked the country last week. A magnitude 7.8 quake struck the capital of Kathmandu, killing some 5,000 people.

That number is expected to rise as aid workers get to more remote regions of the country. KC Kshitiz from the Nepalese Association of Rhode Island, said friends in Kathmandu are without shelter or power.

“They’ve been hit really hard, and some of them have lost their houses. So they’re just outside on the ground, setting up tents and living in the tents,” said Kshitiz.

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