New England http://ripr.org en More Drivers Hitting The Road This July 4th Weekend http://ripr.org/post/more-drivers-hitting-road-july-4th-weekend <p>As always Independence Day travel is expected to be heavy. This year will see about 41 million people moving around the country.</p><p></p><p>That’s about two percent higher than last year’s rate, which may be in part due to the holiday falling on a Friday.</p><p>In New England nearly three percent more people are expected to travel.&nbsp;David Raposa of AAA of Southern New England attributes the higher travel rate in New England to one thing: the region’s small size.</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:33:40 +0000 John Bender 36112 at http://ripr.org More Drivers Hitting The Road This July 4th Weekend New England Governors Gather To Tackle Growing Drug Abuse Epidemic http://ripr.org/post/new-england-governors-gather-tackle-growing-drug-abuse-epidemic <p>New England governors met this Tuesday, in a one-hour closed session to discuss the region’s response to opioid problem.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 13:10:12 +0000 John Bender 35372 at http://ripr.org New England Governors Gather To Tackle Growing Drug Abuse Epidemic New England States Team Up To Address Rising Energy Prices http://ripr.org/post/new-england-states-team-address-rising-energy-prices <p>New Englanders spent $5 billion in electricity last winter, compared to $5.2 billion for all of 2012. That's why each of the New England states has introduced legislation in their respective states to address the problem of rising electricity prices. But environmental advocacy groups are worried this regional collaboration would promote unnecessary natural gas projects.</p><p></p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 13:26:48 +0000 Ambar Espinoza 35057 at http://ripr.org 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