PROVIDENCE, RI – The recent numbers for hotel use in Providence were very encouraging. Hotel occupancies in Providence were up in June, as room rates approached pre-recession levels. "The Bottom Line" this week looks behind those numbers and attracting local convention business. This week's guest on "The Bottom Line" is Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau CEO Martha Sheridan. Also joining the discussion is "Providence Business News" editor Mark Murphy.
PROVIDENCE, RI – You can now streamline your recycling across the state. But an investigation by Rhode Island Public Radio explains why one of the most recyclable objects in your curbside container doesn't go where you expect.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Second Congressional District Republican Candidate Michael Riley stopped by our studio to talk about his campaign against Democrat Jim Langevin. Here's Rhode Island political reporter Ian Donnis ..
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PROVIDENCE, RI – A series of unions is suing the state in Superior Court, trying to undo last year's pension overhaul. A decision in the court case is expected before the start of the next fiscal year in July 2013. Monday, we heard from a top union official who predicted the lawsuit will be a winner. Tuesday, we talk with the woman who spearheaded the overhaul of the pension system, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.
She recently sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.
PROVIDENCE, RI – A series of unions is suing the state in Superior Court, trying to undo last year's pension overhaul. A decision in the court case is expected before the start of the next fiscal year in July 2013.
National Education Association Rhode Island director Robert Walsh is one of those objecting to the methods used in overhauling the pension system. He spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Saul Kaplan left his job as Executive Director of the state Economic Development Corporation in 2008 . That was well before the state made its investment in 38 Studios. Kaplan now heads the Business Innovation Factory in Providence. He stopped by our studio to talk about Rhode Island's struggles to improve its economy. Here's Rhode Island Political Reporter Ian Donnis.
PROVIDENCE, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee denies that the state Economic Development Corporation is suffering from a lack of leadership.
A new director for the EDC isn't expected until after a review of the agency is completed. The EDC's chief financial officer is leaving her job, and the corporation has a number of vacancies on its board.
Chafee says he inherited many of the EDC's problems. "Well, we're going through a transition, but there's no vacuum of leadership. We have a quorum. We can still do business."
PROVIDENCE, RI – The head of the Narragansett Indian tribe wants to meet with state leaders to discuss how they've been left out of the move toward increased gambling.
Narragansett Chief Sachem Matthew Thomas says he believes state officials have discriminated against his tribe. He points to how the state is focusing its efforts on adding table games at Twin River and Newport Grand.
PROVIDENCE, RI – While schools around the state look for ways to increase their use of technology, some parents are paying thousands of dollars to send their children to a private school with no computers in the classroom at all. The Meadowbrook Waldorf School in West Kingston is part of a large network around the globe.
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