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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:02 pm
Thu January 2, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Hello To The 2014 General Assembly's 2013 Hangover

Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s General Assembly convenes a new session Tuesday. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this year’s legislature may sound a lot like last year’s.

By now, most of us have cleared our heads of those New Year’s  hangovers. That’s not the case for Rhode Island’s 113 lawmakers.

The 2014 Assembly that convenes tomorrow will resemble nothing so much as the …2013 Assembly. The reason for this is all too evident:  As has too often been the case, the Smith Hill Crowd decided not to decide some big, prickly issues last session.

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The Education Blog
9:14 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Central Falls High School, Three Years After A Mass Firing

Central Falls High School
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

For several years we’ve been following the struggling Central Falls School district.

The high school grabbed national headlines when it fired all of its teachers back in 2010.

The fired teachers were later rehired by the district, but the firings left Central Falls High School in an uproar.

Three years later, Rhode Island Public Radio's Education reporter Elisabeth Harrison found signs of progress at the school, but scars from the mass firings remain.

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The Bottom Line
3:02 pm
Fri December 27, 2013

The Bottom Line: How the EB-5 Program Lures Jobs To Rhode Island

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Henry Diamond, president and co-founder of Pathway Capital Partners LLC of Providence. They look at a process that is new in Rhode Island to attract foreign investment to state-based projects. It’s called the EB-5 Immigrant Investors Program.

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Artscape
8:44 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Artscape: Opera Star Calls Rhode Island Home

Opera star John Reylea lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

John Reylea is an internationally renowned opera star.

The bass singer has performed and recorded with many orchestras and companies including Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Boston Symphony.

Reylea hails from Canada, but now calls Rhode Island his home.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with the opera star, to talk about his career and what brought him to the ocean state.

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RI News
10:28 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Rhode Island's Top Ten Stories Of 2013

It’s that time of the year when Rhode Island Public Radio counts down the top stories of the year. Each day we’ll update this page so you can follow along with our countdown. (Let us know what you think of how we ranked the top stories on Twitter @rinpr)

Number 10: The 2014 Governor’s Race

Primaries to pick the final Democratic and Republican candidates won’t be held until next September. A field of expected candidates nonetheless stayed busy in 2013 by raising money, seeking support, and elevating their profiles.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
9:01 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: A Commercial Christmas Can Help The State's Economy

The 2013 Christmas tree at the Rhode Island Statehouse.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island the Rhode Island economy, and details what Congress can do to help.

Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard at 6:35 and 8:35 every Monday on Morning Edition and at 5:50 on All Things Considered. You can also follow his political reporting and analysis at our ‘On Politics’ blog at ripr.org.

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The Bottom Line
3:05 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Bottom Line: What Every Small Biz Needs to Know About HealthSource RI

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson. They take a look at the response of small businesses in the state to the new health insurance marketplace and separating Rhode Island’s health exchange from the problems at the federal level.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Political Roundtable: de Ramel on Running for Sec. of State, the Governor's Race + Exeter Recall

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Democratic Secretary of State candidate Guillaume de Ramel joins us on Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; Gina Raimondo's entry in the race for governor; and possible fallout from the recall election defeated in Exeter.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
9:02 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: In The Governor's Race, Can Taveras Raise The Money He Needs?

How much does the governor's race in Rhode Island rely on hefty campaign finance?
Credit RIPR FILE

Money isn’t everything in political campaigns. Yet, it is a lot of things, explains RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay who ponders the role of campaign cash in the 2014 RI Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Jesse Unruh, speaker of the California Assembly, coined the term back in 1966. ``Money,’’ said Unruh. ``is the mother’s milk of politics.’’

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The Bottom Line
3:25 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

The Bottom Line: Small Business and HealthSource RI

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with insurance broker James Raiola of Mass Mutal. They discuss the how the state’s health insurance exchange is offering plans for small businesses and what kind of company can benefit from using the exchange.

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

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