Rhode Island http://ripr.org en The Bottom Line: Feroce Moves From Alex + Ani To BENRUS http://ripr.org/post/bottom-line-feroce-moves-alex-ani-benrus <p>Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.</p><p>This week Dave and Mark talk with Giovanni Feroce formerly of Alex + Ani and now starting a new lifestyle product line by reviving the BENRUSS brand. They discuss the new product line: how it was started, its immediate future and the potential for manufacturing products in Rhode Island.</p><p></p><p><strong>When to Listen</strong></p><p>You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 18:39:59 +0000 Dave Fallon & Mark Murphy 36595 at http://ripr.org The Bottom Line: Feroce Moves From Alex + Ani To BENRUS Hundreds of Sailboats Launch The Newport Regatta http://ripr.org/post/hundreds-sailboats-launch-newport-regatta <p>The Newport Regatta kicks off Friday with 200 – 250 sailboats racing off the Rhode Island coast. They’ll be out just north of the Pell Bridge, near the Newport Harbor and out farther in the ocean.</p><p>Sail Newport is hosting the event. Its executive director Brad Read said one of the best places to watch the action is on the northern lawn at Ft. Adams.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 16:06:45 +0000 Catherine Welch 36583 at http://ripr.org Owner Charged Under New RI Law For Leaving Dog In Car http://ripr.org/post/owner-charged-under-new-ri-law-leaving-dog-car <p>The black poodle left in a car in Johnston is in good condition and recovering at the Rhode Island SPCA.</p><p>The dog’s owner is the first to be charged under a new law making it a misdemeanor to leave animals inside vehicles on extremely hot or cold days.&nbsp; Owners caught leaving a pet in the car face up to a year in prison, $1,000 fine, or both.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:03:13 +0000 Catherine Welch 36539 at http://ripr.org Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks http://ripr.org/post/providence-considers-smoking-ban-public-parks <p>Some smokers say they wouldn't oppose a proposed ordinance that would ban smoking in all Providence public parks.&nbsp; The ban would make it illegal to use any form of tobacco in city parks and playgrounds, with a $50 fine for violators.</p><p></p><p>City council president and mayoral candidate Michael Solomon says the primary goal is to reduce children's exposure to tobacco.&nbsp; Cumberland resident Zach Judge, says he's only 18 but has been smoking for 2 years; he thinks the ban makes sense.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:42:22 +0000 Molly Malinowski 36509 at http://ripr.org Providence Considers Smoking Ban For Public Parks Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive http://ripr.org/post/bills-signed-aimed-making-twin-river-more-competitive <p>Governor Lincoln Chafee signed several bills designed to attract more gamblers to Twin River Casino.&nbsp; The Lincoln casino is one of two in Rhode Island, and the only one with table games.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 13:21:42 +0000 John Bender 36508 at http://ripr.org Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive How Rhode Island Is Doing In The Fight Against Lead Paint Poisoning http://ripr.org/post/how-rhode-island-doing-fight-against-lead-paint-poisoning <p>The U.S. outlawed lead paint in 1978. Yet it still covers the walls of many older homes, particularly here in the northeast. When that paint chips or peels, it poses a serious danger especially to kids. But in 2005, Rhode Island passed a law requiring some landlords to clean up lead paint. And a group of researchers recently set out to find out if it’s working. Hasbro Children’s Hospital pediatrician and Brown University school of public health associate professor doctor Patrick Vivier is one of those researchers. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:45:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 36506 at http://ripr.org How Rhode Island Is Doing In The Fight Against Lead Paint Poisoning Providence Police: Overnight Shooting Could Be Gang-Related http://ripr.org/post/providence-police-overnight-shooting-could-be-gang-related <p>Providence police say they believe Tuesday night’s shooting was targeted. Five people were injured, one seriously during the overnight shooting.</p><p></p><p>Providence Police Major David Lapatin said it’s unclear exactly what happened, but there was a party and people hanging around outside in the Chad Brown neighborhood when shots were fired, possibly from a moving vehicle.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 18:51:21 +0000 Catherine Welch 36468 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate http://ripr.org/post/rhody-votes-14-dems-governor-debate <p>The Democratic candidates running for governor took part in a special, live edition of The Political Roundtable. Todd Giroux, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras answered questions from our moderators and asked each other questions.&nbsp;</p><p>You can hear the program in its three segments here:</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:25:43 +0000 Catherine Welch 36435 at http://ripr.org Rhody Votes '14: Dems for Governor Debate Defense Sector Represents 7.1% of RI GDP http://ripr.org/post/defense-sector-represents-71-ri-gdp <p>A new report finds defense workers are being paid the highest wages in Rhode Island. The state’s Defense Economy Planning Commission released the report, which focused on the industry’s economic impact last year.</p><p></p><p>It finds there are 16,000 defense workers in the state. Commission co-chair Senator Louis DiPalma said those jobs support other jobs. &nbsp;“The 1.5 multiplier. So for every one job, there’s 1.5 additional jobs that can be multiplied by that. That’s a big deal,” said DiPalma.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 17:47:16 +0000 Catherine Welch 36402 at http://ripr.org Defense Sector Represents 7.1% of RI GDP Whitehouse Leading Efforts To Keep Federal Highway Trust Afloat http://ripr.org/post/whitehouse-leading-efforts-keep-federal-highway-trust-afloat <p>Lawmakers are running out of time to shore up money for the Federal Highway Trust Fund. U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse is helping spearhead efforts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 12:48:52 +0000 John Bender 36385 at http://ripr.org Whitehouse Leading Efforts To Keep Federal Highway Trust Afloat