It’s that time of the year when Rhode Island Public Radio counts down the top stories of the year. Each day we’ll update this page so you can follow along with our countdown. (Let us know what you think of how we ranked the top stories on Twitter, or shoot us an email!)
Number 10: Providence College Friars' Rise To Glory
Governor-elect Gina Raimondo on Saturday named Peter Gaynor, who is credited with professionalizing Providence's Emergency Management Agency and Office of Homeland Security, as state EMA director.
"For me, this is an opportunity to move from local to the state," Gaynor tells RIPR. "I've had a wonderful time in the city of Providence," working with the administrations of Angel Taveras and David Cicilline.
There are some glimmers of positive economic news as Rhode Island races toward the New Year. So thanks for stopping for my weekly column. Feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
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 talk with Cheryl Merchant, President and CEO of Hope Global in Cumberland. They discus Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s economic summit this week: the ideas and expectations from the business community.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
Tis the season to be Jolly. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that not everyone enjoys the holidays.
For most Rhode Islanders, this is a sacred time of the year. As we gather together with friends, family and food, most of us will be giving thanks and turning our thoughts to those New Year’s resolutions.
Yet, before the first strain of Auld Lang Syne is sung on New Year’s Eve, we all need to take a moment or two to remember that not all of us are surrounded by family, opening gifts, dipping into the eggnog and tossing another log on the fire.
ELISABETH: For more than a year we’ve been hearing about the cash strapped Central Coventry Fire district. The district has been in receivership for months and is currently on its way to bankruptcy. Now a second fire district in the town is running in the red. Not to mention recent media reports of a fire chief allegedly abusing the system on the taxpayers’ dime. Here to help us sort through all of this is Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender. So John what is happening in Coventry?