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5:00 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Rhode Island Artscape: The Rhode Island Philharmonic Delves Into Handel's Messiah

Final bars of the "Hallelujah" chorus from Handel's manuscript.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

One can usually hear the familiar strains of the Hallelujah Chorus from Handel’s Messiah this time of year.  The Rhode Island Philharmonic performed the piece last week, as they do each year around Christmas. 

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with conductor Andy Clark, who led the philharmonic to talk about the famous piece, and how it’s come to be such a beloved holiday tradition.

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RI News
9:36 am
Mon December 22, 2014

Rhode Island's Top Ten Stories Of 2014

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, or shoot us an email!)

Number 10: Providence College Friars' Rise To Glory

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On Politics
3:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Help The Homeless This Holiday Season

Take time to give back this holiday season.
Credit RIPR FILE

Tis the season to be Jolly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that not everyone enjoys the holidays.

For most Rhode Islanders, this is a sacred time of the year. As we gather together with friends, family and food, most of us will be giving thanks and turning our thoughts to those New Year’s resolutions.

Yet, before the first strain of Auld Lang Syne is sung on New Year’s Eve, we all need to take a  moment or two to remember that not all of us are surrounded by family, opening gifts, dipping into the eggnog and tossing another log on the fire.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Analysis: What Ruling Against RI Sec Of State Means For Mollis

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Secretary of State’s office improperly used the courts to investigate a lobbyist for 38 Studios.

Scott Judge Daniel Procaccini ruled that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and his lawyer misused the courts when looking into whether Michael Corso was registered with the state while lobbying for the failed video game company.

How did Mollis misuse the courts in the judge’s view? Here to join us with more is Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay

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Battle With The Sea
7:47 am
Thu December 18, 2014

Battle With The Sea: Protecting Wastewater Treatment Plants

Historic rains flooded the Pawtuxet River in 2010, overtopping the earthen levee built to protect the Warwick Sewer Authority.
Photo Courtesy of Janine Burke

Here’s an effect of climate change you might not have thought of: heavy rains flood wastewater treatment plants. These intense rain storms are one result of warming temperatures. As part of our ongoing series, Battle With The Sea, Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza has a report from a wastewater treatment plant in Warwick.

The Warwick Sewer Authority is located on the banks of the Pawtuxet River, next to what is called an oxbow, the U-shape curve in a river. The river wants to fill in the land next to the oxbow each time it floods. 

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Arts & Culture
5:56 am
Thu December 18, 2014

"Eve of Destruction" Chronicles Unrest Of The 1960’s

Fifty years ago Thursday President Lyndon Johnson lit the National Christmas Tree and said quote, ``These are the most hopeful times in all the years since Christ was born in Bethlehem.’’ Those words would come back to haunt him. It’s documented in a book by former Brown University professor James Patterson, Eve of Destruction.

Despite the assassination of President Kennedy a year earlier, Americans were prosperous and optimistic. But in Just a few months, that would all start to erode.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Gov. Chafee: I Couldn’t Have Done Anything Differently To Save 38 Studios

Gov. Lincoln Chafee at his exit interview at the Rhode Island Public Radio studios.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said one of his biggest regrets is not getting his first budget passed. That budget proposed lowering the sales tax but expanding it to other items and services.

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Theater Reviews
4:53 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Ocean State’s “Meet Me in St. Louis” Is Worth Seeing

The Smith Family gathers for dinner in the classic family-friendly musical, Meet Me in St. Louis, being presented at Ocean State Theatre in Warwick through December 28.
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

“Meet Me in St. Louis” is a charmer, a sweet, old fashioned, happy- go-lucky musical of the kind we just don't see anymore. It's filled with wonderful, if saccharine sweet, songs. It tells a tale of a family loving, and battling, and always coming through.

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RI News
4:07 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Analysis: Why All The Uproar Over RhodeMap RI?

The state planning council approved an economic development plan Thursday that’s been sharply criticized. RhodeMap RIcalls for more training, support for industry that play to the state’s strengths and investing Rhode Island’s maritime and defense industries.

Federal dollars helped pay for creating the plan, and that sparked concern that the government could interfere with local and state issues.

The General Assembly had asked for a long-term economic development plan by October 31st. House Speaker Nick Mattiello said Rhode Islanders need to get behind the plan.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
2:32 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Will RI's Business Community Help Raimondo Or Just Complain

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo will inherit a stronger economy than Lincoln Chafee did, but will local business leaders step up to help improve the climate?
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo is meeting with Rhode Island business leaders as she shapes her new administration. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay hopes the business hierarchy steps up to help her.

Raimondo is taking over a state government that is much better off than the one Gov. Lincoln Chafee inherited from Don Carcieri four years ago. Unemployment was 11.4 percent; now it’s at 7.4 percent. The state budget deficit is much lower and cities and towns are not hovering over bankruptcy. Even Central Falls is out of receivership.

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