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Economy
12:53 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Gas prices keep on climbing across the region

PROVIDENCE, RI – Gas prices continue to rise in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts, that's according to the weekly survey of gas prices out of AAA Southern New England.

A gallon of regular unleaded jumped seven cents in the Ocean State, now costing on average $3.75 a gallon. That's 21 cents more than what drivers were paying last month, and a nickel above the national average.

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Economy
8:18 am
Tue August 14, 2012

And the winner is -

PETER FARRELLY AND MICHAEL CORRENTE AT RIIFF 2006
PHOTO: COURTESY OF RIIFF

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Rhode Island International Film Festival is now officially over. The Festival reports a record-breaking year in attendance for ticket buyers and filmmakers.

RIIFF Executive Director George Marshall says "It's simply been an incredible year for us."

The Film Festival showed 200 films, from 51 countries, from 32 states. Those 200 were culled from 4700 submissions. During the Festival 28 world premieres were held.

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Economy
9:31 am
Fri August 10, 2012

The Bottom Line: federal health care reform

PROVIDENCE, RI – This week's "The Bottom Line" is a re-airing of a July 6th interview with Claflin Company CEO Ted Almon regarding federal health care reform. It was recorded just after the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Health Care Law. RIPR's Dave Fallon hosts.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org.

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Economy
8:06 am
Thu August 9, 2012

Block Island one step closer to a wind farm

SEAGULL OVER RI WATERS
PHOTO: RIPR FILE

PROVIDENCE, RI – A proposed wind farm off Block Island has passed a major regulatory hurdle.

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Economy
9:02 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island's federal legislators are home getting a firsthand look local businesses. The Department of Environmental Management is reporting that mosquitoes trapped at the end of July tested negative for West Nile Virus and and Eastern Equine Encephalitis. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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Economy
7:51 am
Tue August 7, 2012

Prices up slightly at the pump

PUMPING GASOLINE
Photo: RIPR file

PROVIDENCE, R – AAA of Southern New England is reporting that gasoline prices jumped up 6 cents this week. The average price for a gallon of self-serve regular will now cost $3-dollars-and-83-cents. That's seven cents above the national average. It's also about a quarter more than the average price of gas in Massachusetts.

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Economy
3:03 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

Wind turbine plans may be blowing in the wind

Beavertail, Jamestown RI
Photo- RIPR file

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Jamestown town council meets Monday to get an update on plans to build a windmill to furnish the municipality's electrical needs. Some council members are talking about shelving the whole project.

Overwhelmed by the cost of building a two mile transmission line and spooked by the problems Portsmouth's been having with its wind turbine, the Jamestown Town Council may vote tonight to abandon plans for its own wind mill.

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Economy
9:19 am
Mon August 6, 2012

Rhode Island is connected to Mars

Mars Rover Curiosity
Photo- courtesy of NASA

PROVIDENCE, RI – A member of the Brown University faculty is among hundreds of scientists huddled at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California monitoring the progress of the Mars rover. Dr. Ralph Milliken will be living on Mars time for the next few months as he tracks the rover's journey.

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Economy
10:10 am
Fri August 3, 2012

The Bottom Line

The Bottom Line

PROVIDENCE, RI – Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

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Economy
9:20 am
Fri August 3, 2012

Friday, August 3, 2012

The Bottom Line

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.

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