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Business
1:47 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Defense Sector Represents 7.1% of RI GDP

Electric Boat plans to double its workforce by 2028 to build a new class of submarines.
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A new report finds defense workers are being paid the highest wages in Rhode Island. The state’s Defense Economy Planning Commission released the report, which focused on the industry’s economic impact last year.

It finds there are 16,000 defense workers in the state. Commission co-chair Senator Louis DiPalma said those jobs support other jobs.  “The 1.5 multiplier. So for every one job, there’s 1.5 additional jobs that can be multiplied by that. That’s a big deal,” said DiPalma.

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RI News
9:23 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Cliff Walk Repairs, Misspelled Plaque Unveiled In Newport

Newport's Cliff Walk spans about 3.5 miles and abuts the city's historic turn-of-the century mansions.
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The governor's name is misspelled on a new plaque celebrating Newport's historic Cliff Walk.  The plaque was unveiled during a ceremony Wednesday marking the reopening of the Cliff Walk after major repairs.

The walk’s three and a half miles have been opening in increments ever since it was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012. The largest portion, two miles long, has now reopened. A smaller, less-traveled part will remain closed, likely reopening in mid-July. Newport received 5 million dollars in state and federal funds to make the repairs.

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The Bottom Line
4:26 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island?

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

This week Dave and Mark talk with Steven Feinberg, executive director of the Rhode Island Film and TV Office. They start the conversation with more details about the Woody Allen movie shooting in the state next month, what it takes to lure a production like that too Rhode Island and whether the state’s tax credit program is competitive.

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RIPR News
3:29 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

RI Bridge Authority Approves Median Along Pell Bridge

Credit Ryan T. Conaty

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to install a median barrier along the bridge.

There is currently a line of yellow dividers down the center of the bridge, acting as a kind of visual barrier to keep drivers in their lanes. Those dividers will be replaced with a median barrier to prevent accidents caused by drivers crossing over into on-coming traffic.

Calls for a barrier on the Pell Bridge grew louder back in January after a deadly head-on collision on Christmas Eve.

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Politics
4:43 am
Wed June 4, 2014

Bill Would Add Constitutional Amendment On Gambling Venues

Newport Grand, located in the northern part of Newport.
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A senate committee will look at legislation Wednesday creating a constitutional amendment centered on gambling in the Ocean State.

The bill would put a constitutional amendment before voters that states a casino or slot parlor cannot change locations without approval from voters in that city or town.

A development team is looking to buy Newport Grand, but promises that if casino games are allowed at the slot parlor that it will not change locations.

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RI News
9:09 am
Thu May 29, 2014

Newport Residents May Vote Once Again On Table Games At Newport Grand

The Newport City council has approved a resolution that could put table games back on the ballot. The council will ask the General Assembly to put the question to Newport voters.

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RI News
9:32 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Ida Lewis Documentary Seeks To Bring Hero Back From Obscurity

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A turn-of the century Newport woman is the subject of a new documentary out this week; she gained national attention for being ahead of their time.

Ida Lewis, tended the Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport throughout out the late eighteen-hundreds, a job she inherited after her father passed away.

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The Bottom Line
3:35 pm
Fri May 23, 2014

The Bottom Line: The State of Catering In RI

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

This week Dave and Mark talk with Lisa Mattiello, founder of Pranzi Catering and Events of Providence and Newport. She was recently named Small Business Person of the Year in Rhode Island for 2014.

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

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Local Features
12:47 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Aircraft Carrier In Newport To Be Scrapped

The Navy has announced that it will send an aircraft carrier that has been moored in Newport to Texas to be recycled into scrap metal. The USS Saratoga was decommissioned in 1994 after serving the Navy for thirty-eight years. Because a lack of local funding is preventing the ship from being turned into a museum, Chris Johnson of the Naval Sea Systems Command says that scrapping is a necessary course of action.

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Arts & Culture
8:33 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Newport Historical Society Investing In City's Revolutionary Past

The Wanton Lyman Hazard house in Newport.
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The Newport Historical Society is working to attract more visitors by drawing more attention to the city’s revolutionary history. Historical Society director Ruth Taylor says they plan to revamp the historic Wanton-Lymon-Hazard house into a museum that brings Newport’s role in the American Revolution to life. Right now, said Taylor, places like Boston and Concord corner the revolutionary tourist market.

“They’re eating our lunch because really important things from the same period happened here. And it’s just less well known," said Taylor.

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