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8:54 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Bonus Q+A: Cicilline On His First Bill, D.C. Gridlock, And More

Congressman David Cicilline (D) recently passed his first standalone bill since first winning election to Congress. He stopped by Rhode Island Public Radio studios to discuss that, partisan gridlock, ISIS and other issues. 

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Arts & Culture
8:37 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Trinity Rep Stages World Premiere Musical By Renowned Playwright Sarah Ruhl

Rachael Warren and Charlie Thurston in Melancholy Play Clyde
Credit Clyde Media Productions / Trinity Rep

Thursday night was the first preview of a brand new musical at Trinity Rep.  Melancholy Play: a chamber musical is the latest world-renowned Sarah Ruhl, with music by composer Todd Almond.  Ruhl received her Master’s in playwriting in Providence at Brown University, she’s since been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, and has received the MacArthur Genius grant.

Her piece Melancholy Play, is receiving a world premiere at Trinity Rep. Rhode Island Public Radio’s morning host Chuck Hinman spoke with show director Leisl Tommy to learn more about the venture.

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Environment
8:05 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Cesspool Bill Takes Big Step Forward

A bill to to phase out cesspools is gaining traction in the statehouse.
Credit RIPR FILE

A bill attempting to phase out cesspools takes a major step forward this week. The Rhode Island Senate approved the bill.

The bill would require homeowners selling their properties to replace their cesspools with any system that handles and treats human waste, like a septic system. That’s a hole in the ground that receives untreated human waste from a building. It can contaminate groundwater and local waterways.  

Meg Kerr, Rhode Island director of Clean Water Action, said the bill has come before the General Assembly for a number of years now.

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RI News
7:49 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Fares Go Up For Block Island Ferry Tickets

Fare increases of 10 percent have taken effect for regular tickets on the Block Island Ferry. The increase does not apply to fast ferry service, or commuter and freight rates.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Fare increases of 10 percent have taken effect for regular tickets on the Block Island Ferry. Interstate Navigation Company said the increase covers the costs of maintaining the ferries and docks.

Sarah Isabella, owner of Froozies Juice Bar and Café on Block Island, said she doesn’t think it will affect the number of tourists visiting the island. Isabella said she would be worried if the increase applied to freight rates, “because then we are eventually going to have to pass on the price onto tourists and at some point it all gets, kind of, out of reach.”

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Political Roundtable: Cicilline on Congress, Raimondo's Infrastructure Plan & PawSox

U.S. Representative David Cicilline
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Congressman David Cicilline joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Congress, the PawSox, Governor Raimondo's infrastructure plan, and other issues.

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