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4:00 am
Mon March 30, 2015

PawSox President James Skeffington On The Case For A Providence Ballpark

New PawSox owner, Jim Skeffington
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The new ownership of the Pawtucket Red Sox is expected to unveil a formal proposal next month for a new ballpark in Providence. James Skeffington is the president of the new ownership group. The 72-year-old lawyer and longtime Providence power broker says moving the PawSox to a parcel of former highway land would complement efforts to develop the area.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic?  Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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On Sports
5:40 pm
Sat March 28, 2015

Private Schools Have The Edge In High School Championships, But Only Slightly

  Catholic schools won eight of 11 winter sports championships in the Rhode Island Interscholastic League, proving once again that public schools do not stand a chance in this state, right?  Catholic and private schools should compete in their own league, right?

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Arts & Culture
11:55 am
Sat March 28, 2015

NCECA Conference: Ceramic Artists Take Over Providence

"Loopapalooza III" by Ned Day, David Winton Bell Gallery, Brown U.
Credit Chuck Hinman / RIPR

This week an estimated 5,ooo ceramic artists, educators and industry professionals gathered in Providence for the 49th annual conference of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts.

Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman talked to two of those involved; Jay Lacouture, on-site liason and ceramics professor at Salve Regina University, and Jo-Ann Conklin, Director of the David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University.

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RI News
8:20 am
Sat March 28, 2015

Police Name Child Killed By RIPTA Bus

The fatal bus accident happened on a busy stretch of Smith Street near downtown Providence.
Credit John Bender

Police have identified the nine-year-old girl fatally struck on Thursday by a public bus in Providence.

According to police, she was third-grader Ani Emdjian. She was walking to school with her father when she was hit, a little before 9 o'clock in the morning. She died at a hospital some time later.

The accident on Smith Street, just blocks from the statehouse, involved a Rhode Island Public Transit Authority bus. Police have now identified the driver as 42-year-old Eric Seaberg of Smithfield. 

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On Politics
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

Scott MacKay Commentary: The PawSox Baseball Move to Providence: Good or Bad?

McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket, the current home of the PawSox
Credit RIPR FILE

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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