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RI News
10:53 am
Fri July 25, 2014

119 Central American Migrant Children Already Living In RI

The federal government has not asked Rhode Island to shelter some of the migrant children entering the country by the thousands from Central America.  More than 100 are already living in the state.

There are currently 119 kids in Rhode Island.  That’s according to data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. These children were not moved here by the federal government, but placed with sponsors, who are family or friends already living in the U.S. The placement has been happening since January. It’s unclear how long the children will be staying.

Environment
4:01 am
Mon July 14, 2014

RI Tagging Trees Across The State Threatened By Invasive Insects

A male asian longhorned beetle.
Credit UVM/USDA

Hundreds of bright orange and yellow tags will be going up on trees across the state starting Monday to heighten awareness of invasive insects that devastate forests.

The biggest concerns are the Asian Longhorned Beetle and Emerald Ash Borer. That’s because those species have been found in Massachusetts and Connecticut.

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On Politics
2:46 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: The R.I. And Mass. Casino Conundrum

Slots are the only attraction at Newport Grand, but a group is trying to bring table games to the casino.
Credit RIPR FILE

It’s election year in Rhode Island. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay parses the one issue that never goes away in our small state – casino gambling.

There’s an old gallows humor joke about banks and creditors. If you owe the bank $30,000, the bank owns you. If you owe the bank $300 million, you own the bank.

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Economy
9:21 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Bills Signed Aimed At Making Twin River More Competitive

Twin River in Lincoln, RI can now extend up $50,000 lines of credit, and start serving alcohol at 6AM on Fridays and Saturdays.
Credit RIPR FILE

Governor Lincoln Chafee signed several bills designed to attract more gamblers to Twin River Casino.  The Lincoln casino is one of two in Rhode Island, and the only one with table games.

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Economy
10:13 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Massachusetts Ruling Could Be A Big Win For RI's Gaming Industry

Twin River in Lincoln is currently the only casino in the state to offer table games. Voters rejected the proposal for Newport Grand.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s gaming industry may get a major boost. Massachusetts residents will decide if they want to get rid of all casino gambling in the Commonwealth.  Massachusetts casinos would pose direct competition to the Ocean State’s gaming revenue.

Two casinos have already been approved in Massachusetts: a resort-style in Springfield and a slot parlor in Plainville. The slot parlor would be fewer than twenty miles from Rhode Island’s Twin River casino in Lincoln.  But the new ruling could allow Commonwealth voters to stop that project dead in its tracks.

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Business
3:00 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

The Bottom Line: Paolino Bets On Table Games In Newport

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

This week Dave and Mark talk Joe Paolino about plans he and his partners have to revamp Newport Grand. The idea is to turn the struggling slot parlor into an entertainment complex that offers table games, but that all hinges on residents approving the move at the polls.

When to Listen

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

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RI News
11:52 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Gas Prices Down A Penny in RI & MA

Gas prices have dropped by a penny in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The latest survey from AAA Southern New England puts the average gallon of regular unleaded at $3.59. That’s a tiny bit above the national average but lower than what drivers were paying at the pump a year ago. 

Bay State drivers are paying an average $3.51 a gallon. That’s also down a penny from last week.

AAA urges drivers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to shop around, since the range in gas prices spans from 21-cents in Rhode Island to 32-cents in Massachusetts.

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The Bottom Line
1:50 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Twin River Will Compete With Gambling In MA

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

This week Dave and Mark talk with Twin River Chairman John Taylor. They discuss where Massachusetts is looking to put a slot parlor and casinos and what that means for Twin River’s bottom line.

When to Listen

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

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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RI News
1:09 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Gas Prices Up In RI & MA

The average gallon of regular unleaded in Rhode Island is at $3.44, that's higher than the national average of $3.36.
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Drivers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will find gas prices a bit higher this week – up by two cents in Rhode Island. Gas prices in both states are higher than the national average.

Even though prices at the pump took a bigger jump in Massachusetts, on average Rhode Island drivers are still paying more. The latest survey out of AAA Southern New England finds Ocean State drivers paying $3.48 for the average gallon of regular unleaded, while Massachusetts drivers are paying $3.44.

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Economy
8:51 am
Tue January 28, 2014

What Casinos In Massachusetts Could Mean For RI's Gaming Industry

Casinos in Plainville or Fall River Mass. could spell the end for Twin River in Lincoln or Newport Grand respectively.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Rhode Island’s gaming industry is keeping a sharp eye on what’s happening in Massachusetts as the state’s gambling commission works out where to license up to three resort-style casinos and a slot parlor.

Rhode Island pulls in enough money from Twin River and Newport Grand to make gaming the third largest source of revenue for the state. Casinos in Massachusetts threatens that revenue.

So how close is Massachusetts to having casino gambling? Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison spoke with The Boston Globe’s Mark Arsenault to find out.

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