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1:03 pm
Wed May 27, 2015

Raimondo Unveils $1.1 Billion Infrastructure Improvement Plan

Raimondo speaks while joined by legislative leaders and other officials.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Standing under a decaying highway overpass in Olneyville, Governor Gina Raimondo on Wednesday unveiled a plan to improve Rhode Island's crumbling bridges by imposing a yet-to-be determined charge on large commercial trucks.

The plan calls for a $700 million bond issue, to be included as part of the budget for the next fiscal year, to jump-start transit-related construction work. To the delight of unionized workers in attendance, Raimondo characterized the initiative -- dubbed "Rhode Works" -- as a measure that will improve infrastructure while creating construction jobs.

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RI News
10:18 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Pawtucket Mayor Calls On PawSox Ownership To Share Study Outlining Stadium Costs

Artist rendering of proposed baseball stadium

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien is asking again for a copy of a study outlining the cost of potential improvements to McCoy Stadium.

In a letter to PawSox co-owner Larry Lucchino, Grebien said news reports have put the cost of renovating McCoy at $65 million. Grebien said the information used to arrive at that figure should be made public. He said the details would be useful to lawmakers and citizens as they consider a new ballpark proposal for the PawSox.

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Local Features
6:19 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Unexpected Gift

It seems almost trite to say that nature is a remarkable teacher.  But that’s okay.  Indeed, nature is a remarkable teacher. All of us can point to lessons nature has taught us about appreciating life’s wonders, managing uncertainty and unpredictability, coping with adversity and accepting that we have so little control over some aspects of our lives. The English poet William Wordsworth wrote in his poem The Tables Turned, “Come forth into the light of things, let nature be your teacher.”  And we hear similar sentiments from Lisa Jacobson.

 

Lisa Jacobson is an artist, gardener, mother and teacher at Noble and Greenough School in Dedham, Massachusetts.  She lives with her family in Providence.

Arts & Culture
5:24 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Newport Folk Fest Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Dylan Going Electric

The Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams
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The Newport Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric.  But details of the celebration remain a mystery.

In true Folk festival fashion, producers are keeping silent on the headlining act for what they’ve dubbed “65 revisited,” an affectionate nod to the Bob Dylan album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’

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On Politics
4:38 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Magaziner Unveils Transparency Initiative for the Treasurer's Office

Magaziner (center) flanked by deputy treasurers Jeffrey Padwa and Patrick Marr.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Treasurer Seth Magaziner on Tuesday unveiled an initiative to bring more transparency to his office.

Magaziner says his initiative will make the treasurer’s office a national leader in transparency. For example, he said one new policy requires investment fund managers that want state business to disclose information about their finances.

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