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3:44 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Court Halts Effort To Void Licenses For Bar Implicated In Corruption Scandal

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city is asking the judge to lift a stay on efforts to void licenses for the Shark Bar and Grille.
Credit Ian Donnis

A legal maneuver has blocked, at least temporarily, the City of Providence’s attempt to wipe out business permits for the Shark Bar and Grille.

The city targeted the Thayer Street establishment because of bribes paid to former House Speaker Gordon Fox.

The Superior Court has appointed a receiver for the bar, following a request from the bar’s owners.

The move means the judge is in control of the bar for now, and the city License Board can’t go after the permits. 

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RI News
3:20 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Broadcasters Ask Judge To Lift Gag Order In Pension Case

Saying the gag order interferes with news organizations' efforts to inform the public, the Rhode Island Broadcasters Association has called on Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter to lift the order.

The gag order prevents parties to the pension lawsuit from discussing details of a proposed settlement, which is already being voted on by union members and retirees.

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Education
3:19 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

New Task Force Aims To Stem Campus Sexual Assault In RI

Gov. Gina Raimondo addresses the crowd at the press conference announcing a task force to address sexual assaults on college campuses statewide.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Local leaders have announced the launch of a statewide task force to deal with sexual assaults on college campuses. The issue has been getting increased national attention in recent years.

The task force is comprised of local law enforcement, medical professionals, and representatives from Rhode Island colleges and universities.  They’re tasked with developing new policies to better handle sexual assaults involving college students.  Often, colleges deal with sexual assault internally, and law enforcement is not involved unless a victim wishes to press charges.

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On Politics
2:33 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

Taveras lands at Boston office of large international law firm

Former Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has landed at the international law firm of Greenberg Trauig, LLC, where he works out of the Boston office.

Taveras says he enjoys his new job with the large firm. The Boston office is located at One International Place in Boston.

The firm’s web site states that Taveras has a practice focused on municipal restructuring (a field he had lots of experience in during four years as mayor of Rhode Island’s capital); public finance; commercial litigation; pension litigation and public infrastructure.

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Local Features
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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