Rhode Island State Police trooper Roupen Bastajian had just crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon when the bombs went off. He was one of many who rushed into the chaos to help the injured. He talks with Rhode Island Public Radio's Catherine Welch about that day and how it's changed him a year later.
Last year’s marathon was the 117th and 117 is Bastajian’s badge number. It was a beautiful day, other state troopers were also running the marathon and he did it, he crossed the finish line. Minutes later, as he was on his way to the medical tent, the first bomb exploded.
Legislation being reviewed Wednesday would allow Bruins fans to show their support on a license plate. The bill creates a special Boston Bruins license plate, similar to the plates for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
The plate would cost an extra $40 and half of that would go to Rhode Island charities. Sen. Maryellen Goodwin sponsored the bill.
Another piece of license plate legislation being reviewed Wednesday creates a plate for Eagle Scouts.
The Red Sox face off against the St. Louis Cardinals tonight in game six of the World Series. The game could be decisive. If the Sox win it, they will leave the field World Series Champions for the third time in just 10 years. Across New England many fans are anxiously awaiting tonight's game, not least among them Rhode Island's Political team, Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay. We asked Ian and Scott to take a moment to bring their sharp analysis from the field on Smith Hill to the grass at Fenway Park.
Even President Obama is talking about rising college tuitions as students return to campus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay talks about what this all means for our flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island.
The days are getting shorter, the breezes off our cobalt coastline are cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.
Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.
Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was waging his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tall and tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’