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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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Economy
9:11 am
Fri August 3, 2012

The Bottom Line

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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Economy
9:52 am
Tue July 31, 2012

Glass to Trash: RIPR investigates

Recycle bin on Providence street
Photo by Bradley Campbell

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.

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Economy
8:56 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Providence council moves forward on road bond

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Providence City Council Thursday approved a proposal asking voters to borrow 40 million dollars to improve city streets.

On a 12-to-nothing vote, the council voted to give Mayor Angel Taveras control over how the money would be spent.

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Economy
8:49 am
Fri July 27, 2012

Riley: running for office because of extreme concern

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 ..

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
9:43 am
Tue July 24, 2012

RI Treasurer: pension reform "saved a failing retirement system."

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.

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