Engineer's Corner
6:10 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

TheEC: New STL at 88.1FM

Your Intrepid "Engneah" poses with the new 950MHz Microwave STL transmit antenna on the roof of WELH's studios on the Wheeler School campus.
Credit David Schiano

UPDATE 7/22: After a weekend of solid operation, we've moved out of "beta" and into "gold", meaning when you listen to 88.1, you're hearing audio that's coming across the new microwave STL.

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Good news everyone!

Longtime Engineer's Corner readers know that we've had, well, "issues" with the STL or "Studio/Transmitter Link" for our 88.1FM signal in Providence.   The STL is what carries the audio from our studios in downtown Providence to the transmitter/tower at the Wheeler Farm in Seekonk.

Now a couple weeks ago we revealed that half of a new wireless microwave STL was installed, and that the other half would be installed soon.  Today, we fired it up for the first time and the results were gratifyingly positive!

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The Bottom Line
5:49 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

The Bottom Line: Defense Industry Is An Important Economic Driver In Rhode Island

A report written for a special state legislative commission calls the defense industry one of Rhode Island’s most important economic sectors.

On this week's The Bottom Line, State Rep. Stephen Ucci joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon and Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy to talk about  the local defense industry and its strong impact on the Rhode Island economy.

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On Politics
4:08 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

TGIF: 12 Things to Know About Rhode Island Politics & Media

There are few places better than Rhode Island in the summer -- and that's doubly true for political junkies thanks to our very busy election season. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column, and feel free to share your tips and thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org. You can also follow me all week long on the twitters. Let's get to it.

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RI News
10:47 am
Fri July 18, 2014

State Officials Tour Obsolete Bridge In Narragansett

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, and Rep. Jim Langevin and Rep. David Cicilline joined Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Michael Lewis to tour Narragansett’s Great Island Bridge, which RIDOT has rated “functionally obsolete” and in immediate need of replacement.
Credit Photo Courtesy of Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse

This morning Gov. Lincoln Chafee and a few members of the Rhode Island delegation toured a bridge project in Narragansett. The tour showcased important infrastructure repairs the state may have to delay.

  The Great Island Bridge is the only connection between the Port of Galilee in Narragansett and Great Island. It’s also an important part of the community’s emergency evacuation route.

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Stories from Homeless Rhode Islanders
6:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Rhode Island StoryCorps: Q&A

Carl Freese, a formerly homeless man, was interviewed by his co-worker Loretta Johnson.
Credit StoryCorps

Starting this weekend, Rhode Island Public Radio will be bringing you stories of homeless and formerly homeless people in our state.  Their stories were recorded when StoryCorps visited the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless.  Series producer Mary Quintas spoke with Elisabeth Harrison and played an interview with Carl Freese, a formerly homeless Rhode Islander.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Bonus Q&A: Fecteau on Jobs, Campaign Finance, Veterans & Running for Congress

First Congressional District candidate Matt Fecteau joins Bonus Q+A to discuss his Democratic primary run against Congressman David Cicilline and related issues.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Political Roundtable: Fecteau on Why He's Running Against David Cicilline

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Matt Fecteau, the Democratic primary challenger to Congressman David Cicilline, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss his campaign; the departure of Lorne Adrain from the Providence mayoral race; this week's Republican gubernatorial debate at RIPR; and how to reduce violent crime in Rhode Island.

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Engineer's Corner
6:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

TheEC: Zapped in Narragansett

Not nearly as romantic as "Lost in Austen", but the hefty thunderstorms that roared through Wednesday morning dumped a lot of rain and dropped a lot of lightning, both of which conspired to take RIPR's 102.7FM (and MVYradio's HD2) off the air for an hour or two.

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Environment
4:43 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

NOAA Awards Coastal Resiliency Grant To CRMC

Credit RIPR File Photo

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has awarded nearly $200,000 to Rhode Island to make the state’s coastline more resilient to future storms and rising sea levels. 

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On Politics
4:09 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: More Twists In Providence Mayoral Contest

Lorne Adrain has dropped out of the Providence mayoral race, bringing the number of general election candidates to three, for now.
Credit RIPR FILE

Just when you thought you knew the candidate field in the Providence mayoral campaign, things changed. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay’s thoughts on the capital city’s revised City Hall election.

Another week, another new twist in the Providence mayor campaign. The departure of independent Lorne Adrain from the race has set off a scramble for his supporters, most of whom hail from his home neighborhood on the city’s affluent East Side.

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