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4:53 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

TGIF: 17 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. Another hectic Friday, so we'll keep the preliminaries short while continuing to welcome your attention on the twitters. Here we go.

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Business
4:10 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

The Bottom Line: A New Take On RI Unemployment

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line. 

This week Dave and Mark chat with Amber Caulkins, program director of the College and University Research Collaborative.

The group has completed a new study of Rhode Island's unemployment rate, which focuses on the loss of manufacturing jobs, education in the workforce and the length of unemployment benefits.

When to Listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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On Politics
2:11 pm
Fri March 27, 2015

The PawSox Baseball Move to Providence: Good or Bad?

Credit Don Borman

The debate over moving the Pawtucket Red Sox from McCoy Stadium to a new ball park in Providence is raging. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for serious study, not hyperbole.

Tis the season of renewal: Easter, Passover and daffodils. Along with the longer days comes the return of baseball to New England. It may be hard to believe after our  harsh winter, but in two weeks the season opens at Fenway Park in Boston and at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.

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RI News
11:11 am
Fri March 27, 2015

NCAA Division I Hockey Semifinals Play Out In Providence This Weekend

The Dunkin' Donuts' Center will host the NCAA Division I East Region men's hockey semifinals.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Friday marks the start of the NCAA Division 1 Men’s hockey tournament. Four tournaments will take place across this country this weekend.  Providence plays host to one of the events.

Providence’s tournament is the East Regional semifinals. The first games don’t start until the weekend at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center.

The teams involved include Providence College, Boston College, Miami University of Ohio, and the University of Denver.  PC will face Miami Saturday at 6p.m.

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Arts & Culture
10:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

National Ceramics Conference Wraps Up In Providence

Ceramic art hangs on the walls of the RI Convention Center, at the National Council for the Ceramic Arts conference in Providence.
Credit Emily Wooldridge / RIPR

A major ceramics conference is drawing thousands of people to the Rhode Island Convention Center. The conference features a variety of ceramic art – from traditional bowls to sculptures and even a pile of high heeled shoes. 

It is put on annually by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts. Organizer Jacqueline Hardy said the work comes from across the globe.  

“All over the country, international; we come from Australia, China, Japan, Canada of course,” said Hardy.

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Education
9:38 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Cost Of Incarceration Subject Of Roger Williams' Conference

Roger Williams University Law School hosts a conference on the cost of incarceration.
Credit RIPR FILE

Hundreds of people convene Friday at Roger Williams University Law School for a conference on the cost of incarceration. The event will bring local and national experts together to discuss the problems in the criminal justice system.

Judge Judith Savage is a justice in residence at Roger Williams, and she organized this conference. She said Rhode Island is in the top five states when it comes to the number of residents on probation. That means they are more likely to struggle to find work or get an education.

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RI News
9:26 am
Fri March 27, 2015

'Empty Bowls' Highlights Local Artists, Raises Funds To Fight Hunger

The Rhode Island Food Bank is hosting a fundraiser Friday night with a twist. The event called “Empty Bowls” lets participants eat soup from local restaurants in bowls created by local and national artists. 

Participants can take the bowls home with them at the end of the evening. Food Bank spokesman Hugh Minor says the concept was created by a Michigan ceramics teacher and his wife twenty-five years ago.

“They got to take this bowl home as a symbol of what they’d done and the fact that there still were empty bowls in their community,” said Minor.

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Economy
9:03 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Attendance Up At RI Convention Center Despite Harsh Winter

Rhode Island Convention Center
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend a ceramics conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center through Saturday. The event is one of several that have brought large crowds over the winter. Attendance has gone up at the convention center despite the bad weather. 

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Flanders on the Pension Dispute, Charters, PawSox & More

Lawyer and former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss the state pension dispute, government reform, Providence finances, public education, and more.

For more Flanders, listen to his conversation with us on Political Roundtable.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri March 27, 2015

Political Roundtable: Flanders On The Pension Outlook, Gag Orders And Central Falls

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Lawyer, former Central Falls receiver, and former state Supreme Court justice Robert Flanders joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the outlook on Rhode Island's pension conflict, whether gag orders are a good idea, and lessons from the fiscal crisis in Central Falls.

For more Flanders, listen to his conversation with us on Bonus Q&A.

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