Newport

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Behind every great pianist, is a page-turner. And at the Newport Music festival – which turns 50 next year – that person is Elmer Booze.

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With Memorial Day over, the summer tourism season is now underway. Industry experts have high hopes for the coming months. According the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, about 40 percent of all tourist spending in the state happens between June and August.

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In a couple of weeks, every marina in Newport will be nearly fully booked as sailing and motor yachts make their way up to the Northeast. 

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The anniversary of Rhode Island's declaration of independence from the British Empire in 1776 is being marked Wednesday.

Rhode Island repealed legislation pledging its allegiance to the crown -- two months before any of the 12 other colonies.

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Middletown is the third community in Rhode Island to ban plastic bags in an effort to protect marine life.

Marvin Abney, chairman of the House Finance Committee, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the PawSox; the state budget process; whether RI spends too much money; future development in Newport; and much more.

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In Newport, volunteers are gathering on the city’s Cliff Walk to clean up the tourist attraction and the ocean access points near it. The event is organized by the Aquidneck Island-based nonprofit Clean Ocean Access.

Clean Ocean Access director Dave McLaughlin says the group has collected some 50 tons of trash during area beach cleanups over the last decade.

St. Mary's Church in Newport

St. Mary’s Church in Newport is getting its prized 60 year old pipe organ back, Wednesday, after months of restoration in Canada.

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The Breakers, one of Newport’s famous Gilded Age mansions, is one step closer to building its debated welcome center. The Behan Bros. of Newport won a $5.4 million bid on the project- beating two other Rhode Island companies- and is expected to begin work on the yearlong project shortly.

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Rhode Island has struggled with a lagging economy for years. Though the state is still behind its New England neighbors by some measures, there are bright spots. The defense industry is one of them.

After President Donald Trump promised a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, many expressed a fear of leaving their house, going to work, or shopping. But some local Catholic Churches are seeing an uptick in attendance at their Spanish language masses

Newport City Council Bans Plastic Bags

Mar 9, 2017
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In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the Newport City Council passed an ordinance that prohibits businesses from using or selling single-use plastic bags.

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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed held a meeting with constituents in Providence, Thursday. Some 100 people gathered to voice concerns over President Trump’s cabinet picks, recent executive orders, and Russian relations. Reed said he would continue to fight the administration, but offered few details of how exactly he might do it.

Christy Clark-Pujara is an assistant professor of history in the Department of African-American Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the author of the recent book "Dark Work: the Business of Slavery in Rhode Island." 


Small Win In Breakers Visitor Center Battle

Jan 10, 2017
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This week the Preservation Society of Newport County scored a small victory in its efforts to bring a visitor center to The Breakers, one of Newport’s many famous mansions that dates back to the Gilded Age.

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