New England http://ripr.org en Ocean State Job Lot Donating Thousands Of Pounds Of Food http://ripr.org/post/ocean-state-job-lot-donating-thousands-pounds-food <p>Ocean State Job Lot is making a large food donation as part of its 2014 Three Square Meals Program. 78 trucks are hauling 600,000 pounds of food to 13 food banks around New England and New York.</p><p>Ocean State Job Lot's head of marketing David Sarlitto says Job Lot's customers have played an important role in the donation's success.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 19:54:29 +0000 Benjamin Bryant 31020 at http://ripr.org Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet http://ripr.org/post/snow-falling-ri-turning-sleet <p>Meteorologists predict Wednesday’s storm will be quick and hard hitting. Glenn Field with the National Weather Service said the snow will hit around 4:00 am and start coming down hard during the morning commute, “maybe one to perhaps two inches per hour, for about four or five hours during that rush hour period,” said Field.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p><strong>A list of closings and parking bans </strong><a href="http://ripr.org/post/whats-open-whats-closed-due-snowstorms">can be found here</a>.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:40:54 +0000 Catherine Welch 28629 at http://ripr.org Snow Falling On RI, Turning To Sleet Efforts To Curb Payday Lending At The Statehouse Once Again http://ripr.org/post/efforts-curb-payday-lending-statehouse-once-again <p>Legislation dealing with payday loans is once again working its way through the general assembly.</p><p></p><p></p><p>This is the latest of several attempts in recent years to curb payday lending in Rhode Island at the Statehouse.</p><p>The controversial practice offers quick loans, but they often come with interest rates that can soar to more than two-hundred fifty percent.</p><p>At the Statehouse, Representative Frank Ferri, and Senator Juan Pichardo announced they’ll introduce legislation capping payday loan interest rates at thirty six percent.</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 14:16:45 +0000 John Bender 28666 at http://ripr.org Efforts To Curb Payday Lending At The Statehouse Once Again Storm Dumps Nearly A Foot Of Snow On Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/storm-dumps-nearly-foot-snow-rhode-island <p>Rhode Island is waking up under a blanket of snow, the second storm of the year. Forecasters said the storm dumped nearly a foot of snow on some parts of the state.</p><p>National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham said some places got hit with almost a foot. “Heaviest snowfall so far has been over Providence County, said Dunham. “Leader of the pack right now is North Smithfield with eleven inches.”</p> Tue, 21 Jan 2014 14:15:58 +0000 RIPR Newsroom 27941 at http://ripr.org Storm Dumps Nearly A Foot Of Snow On Rhode Island Rhode Islanders Get Ready To Ring In The New Year http://ripr.org/post/rhode-islanders-get-ready-ring-new-year <p>This New Year’s Eve, Rhode Islanders will celebrate in high style <em>and</em> low key.&nbsp;</p><p>For the theatrically minded, there’s a masquerade ball at the Rhode Island Convention Center, and a Wizard of Oz-themed bash at The Dorrance in Providence.</p><p>There’s a band at Chan’s in Woonsocket, and Improv Comedy at the Firehouse Theater in Newport.</p><p>And even a New Year’s Eve group meditation session at the Zettmar Studio in Providence.</p><p></p><p>But some, like North Providence resident Nathan Hatch, will be staying home.</p> Tue, 31 Dec 2013 15:31:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 27014 at http://ripr.org Rhode Islanders Get Ready To Ring In The New Year First Big Snow Of The Season Heading Toward Rhode Island http://ripr.org/post/first-big-snow-season-heading-toward-rhode-island <p>Time to get out the snow shovel. The first significant snowfall of the season is headed our way and expected to start Saturday afternoon.</p><p>The Weather Service said a low-end Nor’easter will arrive in Rhode Island Saturday afternoon, bringing snow and wind gusts up to 40 miles an hour along the coast.&nbsp; By the time it’s over Sunday afternoon,&nbsp;the ground will be covered with three to six inches of snow.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 17:20:55 +0000 Flo Jonic 26172 at http://ripr.org RI Joins Pact To Lower Energy Costs In New England http://ripr.org/post/ri-joins-pact-lower-energy-costs-new-england <p>Gov. Lincoln Chafee has joined the rest of New England’s governors signing an accord to create a regional power plan.</p><p></p><p>New England’s six governors say if their states work together, they can share the cost of building natural gas pipelines and power transmission lines delivering Canadian hydro-power, and that will lower energy costs. &nbsp;Chafee warns it will take a long-term investment to bring down power bills.</p> Fri, 06 Dec 2013 21:24:28 +0000 Catherine Welch 25888 at http://ripr.org Rhode Island Republicans Head to Boston For GOP Committee Meeting http://ripr.org/post/rhode-island-republicans-head-boston-gop-committee-meeting <p>A handful of GOP activists from Rhode Island are in Boston for a regional meeting of the Republican National Committee that wraps up today Friday.&nbsp; The get-together offers an opportunity for networking and strategizing.</p><p>The Rhode Islanders in Boston include state GOP chairman Mark Smiley, Dave Talan of the Providence GOP, and Cranston Mayor Allan Fung.</p><p>Fung, who is Chinese-American, says the regional meeting offers a good opportunity to share ideas, and to make new acquaintances.</p> Fri, 16 Aug 2013 12:52:14 +0000 Ian Donnis 20162 at http://ripr.org Point Judith Lighthouse Featured in Forever Stamp Series http://ripr.org/post/point-judith-lighthouse-featured-forever-stamp-series <p>A series of Forever stamps featuring New England lighthouses goes on sale this weekend. The series include Rhode Island’s Point Judith lighthouse.</p><p><a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/forever-stamps-feature-new-england-coastal-lighthouses-215050971.html">Five New England lighthouses are part of the Forever stamp series</a>. They are the Portland Head lighthouse in Maine, Portsmouth Harbor lighthouse in New Hampshire, the Boston Harbor lighthouse, Connecticut’s New London Harbor lighthouse and the Point Judith lighthouse.</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 19:23:34 +0000 Catherine Welch 18264 at http://ripr.org Point Judith Lighthouse Featured in Forever Stamp Series Patriots Hernandez Taken from Home in Handcuffs, Released http://ripr.org/post/patriots-hernandez-taken-home-handcuffs-released <p>New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez has been released after being arrested on unspecified charges Wednesday morning.&nbsp; The arrest comes eight days after his friend, semi-pro player Odin Lloyd, was found dead about a mile from Hernandez’ home.</p><p>Massachusetts state troopers and North Attleboro police arrested Hernandez at 8:47 a.m. at his North Attleboro home. He was led away in handcuffs and casually spit into some bushes on his way to the cruiser.</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 15:20:48 +0000 Flo Jonic 17487 at http://ripr.org Patriots Hernandez Taken from Home in Handcuffs, Released