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Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

Rhode Island’s foundering economic is again the top Statehouse topic. Political analyst Scott MacKay has some thoughts as we at Rhode Island Public Radio kickoff our series on our state’s slow recession recovery. 

If Rhode Island was a lake, we’d all be drowning under the weight of decades of reports and high falutin  expert commissions charged with dissecting our state’s economic doldrums. Wonks, business leaders, academics and consultants have produced turgid chronicles – with scant results – on how to heal the sickest economy in New England.

CVS To Hire Some 100 At Woonsocket Headquarters

Jan 21, 2015
CVS Health

Woonsocket based CVS/Health plans to hire some 100 employees at their digital center in Rhode Island.  This comes as the company plans to open a second digital center in Boston.

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, Neil Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation visits the program to discuss the latest push to shop local, the foundation’s legislative priorities and his take on the CVS move to build a technology hub in Boston.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

Peter Goldberg

Written by a relatively unknown but fast-rising playwright, George Brant, this play flies high in many ways. It begins with our heroine, called “The Pilot,” rhapsodizing about being, well, a pilot. A fighter pilot, that is. A different breed.

Gowned, if that's the word, in a droopy pilot's one piece flight suit rippled with zippers and great big pockets, she appears on stage to the roar of a jet engine and tells you of the wonders of high, blue altitude. She calls her F-16 fighter, “Tiger” and says “he” “can feel the sky in me.”

Three Confirmed Dead Following Train, Vehicle Collision

Jun 23, 2014
RIPR FILE

Authorities have confirmed that three people have died as a result of a train collision with a vehicle in Massachusetts.  There were reports earlier of two dead.

Authorities say two men and one woman were killed after a train struck their vehicle late Sunday night.

The Amtrak train was heading north from Washington D.C. when it hit the vehicle in Mansfield; a town about twenty miles between Providence and Boston. Authorities are still investigating what exactly caused the accident.  Craig Schultz, is a spokesman with Amtrak.

Catherine Welch / RIPR

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.

John Bender / RIPR

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame announced its class of 2014 at a ceremony  Wednesday.

Seven people, who’ve played some part in Rhode Island radio were named to the hall of fame at an event in Smithfield. The list included anchors, hosts, an engineer, and programmers.

Among them was Rhode Island Public Radio’s own afternoon host Dave Fallon, who got his start in the Ocean State forty-six years ago, on an easy listening station.

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.

Peter Goldberg

Well, I don’t want to go overboard here. But “Good People” is just nothing less than a sizzling comedy with a real life message. It’s delicious, deep, delightful, and just plain dandy.

Directed with fire and feeling by Rachel Walshe, the production will have you laughing out loud and holding your breath as the characters reveal themselves.

Led by a splendid Janine Kane, the acting is as good as you’re liable to see anywhere. The sets and the goofy, great costumes add a lot, too.

The Boston Red Sox Bring It Home!

Oct 31, 2013
ESPN

They've done it again.

The Red Sox have won their third World Series title in less than a decade.

Back at Fenway Park last night for Game 6 of the series, the Red Sox easily beat the Saint Louis Cardinals 6-to-1.

Karen Given was there.

RIPR FILE

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.

ESPN

The Boston Red Sox kick off their World Series battle against the St.Louis Cardinals tonight at Fenway Park.

Here at Rhode Island Public Radio we have a couple of Red Sox fanatics who also cover politics; so we asked them to take off their political hats for a moment, and put on their baseball caps.

Morning Edition host Elisabeth Harrison sits down with our political team Ian Donnis and Scott MacKay, to talk about the exciting series.

Acela Route Through Rhode Island Hits the Brakes

Sep 26, 2013
RIPR FILE

Travelers relying on the Amtrak Acela train from Boston and Providence to New York will need to find another way to travel today.

A power failure is to blame for the cancelation, which might not be fixed for several weeks.

A cable line failure outside of New York City halted commuter trains and Acela traffic during rush hour yesterday afternoon.

Now the Boston to New York Acela route has been canceled, and may not run for the foreseeable future.

The regular Amtrak northeast regional service, is also affected by the problem/

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.’’

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