Local Feature
5:30 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Beer, Wine Bills Backed By Farm Breweries And Wineries, But Not Liquor Industry

Exeter resident Matt Richardson tapped his maple trees this late winter to collect sap to brew in his beer.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Right now, in Rhode Island you pretty much have to go to a liquor store to stock up on beer for a dinner party. A few bills under consideration in the General Assembly aim to change that. If passed, the bills would give farmers, who grow crops for beer production, special licenses to sell their craft beers at their farms and at farmer’s markets. These bills are pitting local farmers against the local liquor industry. Rhode Island Public Radio brings you two perspectives on the issue: one from a farmer, and one from a liquor store owner.

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Arts & Culture
5:27 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Trinity Rep’s “Veronica Meadows” Can Bewitch & Make You Think

Jennifer Laine Williams and Angela Brazil in Veronica Meadows by Stephen Thorne showing at Trinity Rep.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

You know, every now and then a listener or reader calls, or e-mails, or tweets, or something, to disagree with one of my reviews. Now I know you, dear listener, find that hard to believe. But it happens. And the most used complaint asks whether “Mr. Gale and I saw the same play?”

Well, the answer is “no.”  After all, we are different folks with different sexes, backgrounds, beliefs, experiences. It’s inevitable that we’ll have different takes watching a play.

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Local Features
6:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

This I Believe Rhode Island: Momentos

Family mementos and memories.  For many of us they’re vitally important – and full of vitality, keeping loved ones near to our hearts, especially once they’re no longer with us.  Precious trinkets, heirlooms, one-of-a-kind photographs, this is the stuff that binds us to the people we care about. The novelist Saul Bellow once wrote, “Everybody needs his memories. They keep the wolf of insignificance from the door.”  And as we hear from Reed Caster, profound connections are sometimes forged from the most modest inheritances. 

A lifelong Rhode Islander, Reed Caster was the third generation to run the family business – Caster’s Bicycles. He’s the devoted husband of his wife Mindy and the proud father of his two children, Ruby and West.

RI News
2:57 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

PUC Considers Extending Winter Utility Moratorium to May 1st

The state’s Public Utilities Commission will consider a request on Friday to extend the winter moratorium on shutting off utilities.

The George Wiley Center is a non-profit that advocates for the poor. It has asked the PUC to extend the moratorium from April 15th to May 1st. The George Wiley Center’s Debbie Clark said April is just too early to cut off the heat.

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The Pulse
1:44 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Keeping The Spotlight On Overdose, Addiction

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog post titled "Hearing Heroin Everywhere." If I were to rewrite that title today, it'd be "Hearing Narcan Everywhere." It seems the conversation has changed a bit from "Houston, we have a problem," to "Houston, how do we stop this thing?" But I'm confident most health care providers and people affected by addiction and overdose would agree that the fact that we're still having the conversation - publicly, in the media, in public forums, at city halls - is a good thing.

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Local Features
1:38 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

RI Students Arrested for Drug-Laced Candy

Police say they have made several arrests after a Richmond teenager required medical attention from consuming marijuana-laced candy. One 14-year-old was charged with drug crimes in connection with the incident while another was caught with drug-laced candy and prescription pills. A Chariho High School student was arrested for drug crimes on Monday.

Richmond Police Chief Elwood Johnson said the candy could have contained more than just THC.

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On Politics
12:26 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Chafee Says He's Still Hopeful on Pension Settlement

Chafee announcing the proposed pension settlement on February 14.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Governor Lincoln Chafee says he remains hopeful the proposed state pension settlement can be salvaged, possibly by leaving out the police group that was the only one of six in an initial round of voting to reject the deal.

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RI News
11:51 am
Tue April 8, 2014

RI To Become National Leader Getting Developmentally Disabled Into Jobs

Gov. Lincoln Chafee, Deputy Assistant Attorney General Eve Hill and US Attorney Peter Neronha announce a plan to get developmentally disabled into jobs.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Federal investigators said an agreement announced Tuesday will make Rhode Island a national leader in integrating disabled people into the workplace

The 10-year pact grew out of an investigation last year that showed developmentally disabled were being sharply underpaid for their work.

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Governor's Race
9:39 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off At Economic Forum

Democratic gubernatorial candidates Gina Raimondo, Clay Pell, Todd Giroux, and Angel Taveras.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The four Democrats running for governor mostly agreed with one another on a host of issues during a forum Monday sponsored by a liberal think tank, the Economic Progress Institute. The issues included jobs, safety net programs, and taxes.

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Arts & Culture
9:11 am
Tue April 8, 2014

Remembering Local Musician David Lamb Of Brown Bird

David Lamb with his wife MorganEve Swain, both of the band Brown Bird. Lamb passed away earlier this month.
Credit American Songwriter

The local music scene lost an important musician this month.  David Lamb, one half of the Rhode Island folk duo Brown Bird passed away late last week, after a year-long battle with leukemia. Lamb was only 35.

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