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.

Ocean State Theater Company

  The Ocean State Theatre in Warwick has come up with a relatively unknown musical concerning a guy, a gal and a novel way of telling their story. Bill Gale says the production is a good try, at least.

"The Last Five Years” continues at the Ocean State Theatre through March 15th. Bill Gale reviews the performing arts for Rhode Island Public Radio. 

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) joins Bonus Q&A to talk about the way forward for Governor Gina Raimondo; the outlook on the state pension case and the PawSox; why he has such a large campaign war chest; and more.

Yet Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Rhode Island

Feb 2, 2015
Catherine Welch / RIPR

More snow is hitting Rhode Island this morning.  The National Weather Service predicts about a foot could fall in the northwestern part of the state. 

Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rest of the state will see less of the white stuff.  “It drops off fairly quickly, so that the immediate Providence-metro area is anywhere from 6-8 inches, and then the coastline is probably only on the order of like 3-6 or so.”

Gov. Gina Raimondo, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and Green State Airport officials will announce today that the new airline flying from the airport will be TACV Cabo Verde, the national carrier of Cape Verde, which will offer flights to Portugal, the Azores and Cape Verde, sources tell Rhode Island Public Radio.

The announcement is scheduled for this afternoon at the airport. TACV is the second airline since September to disclose plans to fly from Green. In September, Condor Airlines officials said they planned to offer seasonal flights to Germany.

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his expectations for Governor Gina Raimondo's first budget, the outlook for RIPTA, his political future, and much more.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss how top elected officials responded to the Blizzard of 2015; development in Warwick; and the outlook for RI Republicans to win more elections.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Joseph J. Solomon Jr. (D-Warwick), who comes from a family tradition of being politically active.

Age: 31

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