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Arts & Culture
8:56 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Newport Folk Festival Celebrates 55 Years

The Newport Folk Festival kicks off today.  The 55-year old festival is more popular than ever.

Tickets for the festival sold out even before the full lineup was announced.  A resurgence in the festival’s popularity has been credited to an increasingly diverse collection of artists, and a major social media presence.  The festival is now so popular it’s been expanded to three days.

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Political Roundtable
4:45 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Political Roundtable: Rep. Abney on Newport Grand, Speaker Mattiello & The Sale Of The Projo

Rep. Marvin Abney joins the Political Roundtable to discuss bringing table games to Newport and bringing more minorities to the Statehouse.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The odds of table games coming to Newport, the sale of The Providence Journal, and diversity in the General

Assembly – those are the topics this week on the Political Roundtable with our guest Newport Rep. Marvin Abney and special host Rhode Island Public Radio news director Catherine Welch.

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Arts & Culture
12:03 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Deer Tick Held Up En Route To Newport Folk Festival

The band Deer Tick is heading back home for the Newport Folk Festival, but apparently they got held up en route.

According to the band’s Twitter feed, the musicians were kicked off a U.S. Airways flight for trying to board with a guitar.

To which festival organizers tweeted back, “They messed with the wrong folking band”

The band said they’ve since hitched a ride on the train. Originally based in Providence, Deer Tick has become a staple of the Newport Folk Fest. They’re scheduled to play the festival Saturday.

RI News
9:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Newport City Councilor Pleads No Contest To Assault

A Newport city councilor man has pleaded no contest to an assault charge.  Rhode Island State Police arrested 45 year old Newport city councilor Michael Farley for allegedly assaulting a contractor. Farley accused the contractor of stealing a ladder. The contractor says he believed the ladder he was using belonged to the  homeowner of the house he was working on, and not Farley, who lives next door.

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RI News
9:18 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Newport City Manager Cites Difficult City Council In Decision To Step Down

Jane Howington in her Newport office.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

Tomorrow is the last day on the job for Newport City Manager Jane Howington.

She’s taken a similar job in Ohio after 2 and a half years running Newport City government. Howington leaves amid reports of friction with the Newport City Council.

Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison sat down with her at her office in City Hall to find out why she resigned and what lies ahead for Newport.

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Theater Reviews
5:23 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Great Friends Dance Festival Returns To Newport

Island Moving Company's 2013 Great Friends Dance Festival
Credit Thomas Palmer

You know it's no easy thing to run a small but professional dance company.  Fund-raising is constant and communication with other companies sometimes almost non-existent. That's why Island Moving's idea to trade locations with other companies is such a good thing. It allows a small but efficient troupe to not only travel the nation but brings dancers, choreographers and administrators together in what can sometimes be a kind of singular business.

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RI News
12:06 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Hundreds of Sailboats Launch The Newport Regatta

The Pell Bridge in Newport, the backdrop to the regatta.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Newport Regatta kicks off Friday with 200 – 250 sailboats racing off the Rhode Island coast. They’ll be out just north of the Pell Bridge, near the Newport Harbor and out farther in the ocean.

Sail Newport is hosting the event. Its executive director Brad Read said one of the best places to watch the action is on the northern lawn at Ft. Adams.

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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.
Credit File / RIPR

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.
Credit RIPR FILE

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.

When to Listen

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

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