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5:50 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

The Bottom Line: Tourism Dollars Flowing In RI

Rhode  Island hotels and restaurants are doing more  business lately. And that's good news for their businesses and state coffers.

That's the subject of this week's Bottom Line. The Providence and Warwick Visitors Bureau's Martha Sheridan joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon, along with Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy to do the numbers.

When to Listen

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

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Environment
5:47 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

State Officials Hold Ceremonial Signing Of Climate Change Bill

The ceremonial signing of the "A Resilient Rhode Island Act" took place in North Kingstown, one of many places state officials consider vulnerable to damages caused by climate change.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

State officials hosted a ceremonial signing this afternoon in North Kingstown Town Beach for Rhode Island’s first comprehensive climate change bill. Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the bill into law last month.

  The governor noted Wickford Cove experienced a little tsunami last year. He said that’s just one reason why the General Assembly passed this bill into law: to better prepare the state for future extreme weather events.

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Science
9:43 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Scientists Use URI Research Vessel To Study Microscopic Ocean Plants

Phytoplankton, microscopic ocean plants, are a major food source for clams and oysters. Pictured here are mostly phytoplankton and zooplankton, tiny marine animals that typically drift in the surface of water bodies.
Credit Dick Willapalens / Creative Commons

A group of scientists with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Scientists and other partner universities are still at sea on the research vessel the Endeavor. The Endeavor is operated by the University of Rhode Island. These scientists are studying microscopic plant organisms that are fundamental to our everyday life.

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Political Roundtable
8:50 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Political Roundtable: Schiller & Niedowski On The Governor's Race, Violence In Prov + More

Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller sits down at our Political Roundtable.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Conflicts of interest in the awarding of state grants, violence in Providence, sexual assault allegations on college campuses -- those are the topics on this week's Political Roundtable.  This week, Brown University political science professor Wendy Schiller, and Associated Press reporter Erika Niedowski  join the discussion.  Weekend host Chuck Hinman hosts.

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Arts & Culture
3:36 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Newport Jazz Fest Celebrates Its 60th Anniversary

Newport Jazz Festival founder George Wein says it was a happy day when the festival returned to Newport after a stint in New York City.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The Newport Jazz Festival kicks off Friday, this is the 60th anniversary of the festival that was first held at the Newport Casino and along Bellevue Avenue.   The festival survived rock and roll and rowdy crowds.

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RI News
10:48 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Judge Appoints Wyatt Detention Center Receiver

A Rhode Island superior court judge has named a long-term receiver for the financially troubled Wyatt Detention Center. Lawyer Jonathan Savage will take the reins at the Central Falls prison, which has been losing money and facing declining inmate populations. Savage’s task will be to find a way to help dig the detention center out of the red.

The facility entered a form of bankruptcy in June after losing millions a year for years. It also owes nearly $100 million dollars in outstanding bond debt.

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Politics
9:09 am
Thu July 31, 2014

President Barack Obama Expected To Visit Newport In August

The website Politico reports President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in the resort town on August 29th. 

He's expected to be at a fundraising event in Newport for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. 

The site reports that though the president's approval rating remains rather low, he's still a big draw on the fundraising circuit.  As mid-term elections approach, Obama has attended 16 fundraisers this cycle.

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Arts & Culture
6:00 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Artscape: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks Bring Hot '20s To Jazz Fest

Vince Giordano has made it his mission to preserve and promote jazz of the 1920s.
Credit vincegiordano.com

The 60th annual Newport Jazz Festival kicks off Friday. The three-day line up includes plenty of jazz greats you’ve heard of and many you probably haven’t. You may know the music of one of the festival’s Friday performers, Vince Giordano and the Nighthawks, from the HBO television series Boardwalk Empire. Giordano’s band creates the series’ authentic 1920s jazz soundtrack, and won a Grammy for it. He spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Kristin Gourlay about his music and upcoming performance at the Newport Jazz Festival.

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On Politics
11:04 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

SEC Filing Suggests GateHouse Media May Cut Up to 40 at ProJo

The Providence Journal was sold to GateHouse Media earlier this month.
Credit Molly Malinowski / RIPR

A US Securities and Exchange Commission filing outlining GateHouse Media's purchase of the Providence Journal suggests GateHouse may cut up to 40 jobs once the deal for Rhode Island's statewide daily closes later this year.

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Environment
6:06 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Rhode Island To Identify Offshore Sand Sources For Beach Replenishment

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers trucked in 90,000 cubic yards of upland sand sources, a relative small amount compared to future needs, to restore the beach from Superstorm Sandy damages.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

The U.S. Bureau of Energy Management has awarded Rhode Island $200,000 to identify offshore sand and gravel resources for replenishing beaches. This is part of a federal effort to help coastal communities recover from Superstorm Sandy and prepare for future major storms.

State officials expect future major storms to damage our beaches more than Superstorm Sandy did. That means Rhode Island’s sand needs will continue to grow as we experience more extreme weather events, said Grover Fugate, executive director of the Coastal Resources Management Council.

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