Three marketing firms have been chosen to develop a tourism campaign for Rhode Island. The announcement follows a months-long, national search. One of the firms is New York based Milton Glaser Inc., the agency responsible for the iconic “I Heart New York Campaign.”

In a written statement, Mr. Glaser wrote, “We’re enthusiastic about working on the Rhode Island project, because, among other things, small is beautiful.”

The other firms are HAVAS PR, a public relations firm with an office in Providence, and the Jamestown-based design group Epic Decade.

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As the Pope concludes his historic trip to the United States, dozens of Rhode Island students plan to attend his outdoor mass in Philadelphia. 

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This Saturday, Sept. 26, the Newport Art Museum opens the exhibit "Reviving Durr Freedley: Newport's Forgotten Artist." Freedly painted the murals that cover the interior of the Seamen's Institute chapel, but the painter and his art has been all but forgotten, until now.


This week on The Bottom Line, RIPR's Dave Fallon sits down with Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith to discuss the strongest tourism season in recent memory.

Providence Business News editor Mark Murphy, who usually joins the conversation, is on vacation, so RIPR News Director Elisabeth Harrison fills in.

According to Smith, food travel is taking off in a big way in Newport, and many tourists are increasingly seeking "authentic" experiences. That leaves an opening for new businesses, such as movie tours and kite surfing.


Newport teachers wrapped up two days of training Thursday before the new school year starts after Labor Day. But their contract talks remain at an impasse. National Education Association of Rhode Island President Larry Purtill said there is still time to return to the bargaining table.

“Right now there’s nothing formally set up or any formal discussion but I would hope that would take place very quickly,” said Purtill.

The main sticking point is a contract provision that provides extra pay when class sizes go over the limit.

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Students in Newport will learn tips during the new school year on how to stay out of harm’s way when they walk and bike to school.

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Dozens of historical reenactors gather in Newport Saturday to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the Stamp Act Riots. The events were some of the first rumblings of the Revolutionary War.

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Portsmouth is considering a no-smoking ordinance that could make all of Aquidneck Island’s public beaches and parks smoke free. The town council voted Monday to draft the ordinance, which could be approved as early as September.

Neighboring Newport and Middletown already have similar bans in place.

Portsmouth Town Administrator Richard Rainor says he’s not sure what penalty the ordinance might carry, but he believes it will still be effective.

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America's first president, George Washington, comes to Rhode Island Saturday, or at least an actor who portrays Washington at his Mt. Vernon Estate.

The visit is part of the Historical Society's celebration of the 225th anniversary of Washington's final trip to Rhode Island

The stop in the Ocean State came in 1790, when Washington toured Providence and Newport , visiting at sites like Brown University and Touro Synagogue. It wasn’t his first trip to New England, but as president, Washington avoided the state because Rhode Island had not yet ratified the Constitution.

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Ocean crews will sail through the night for the 11th annual Ida Lewis Distance Race. The race leaves Newport Friday.

Roughly 40 boats are expected to set sail from Fort Adams in Newport. Their course will depend on wind speeds and will take about 24-hours to complete.  Organizer Skip Helme said if the winds are strong enough, the boats may travel as far as Montauk Long Island.

Military's Tallest Ship Arrives In Newport

Aug 7, 2015

The tallest ship in the U.S. military arrives Friday in Newport.  The Coast Guard cutter, “The Eagle,” is 295 feet in length and uses more than 6 miles of rigging. For over 60 years, the sailing vessel has served as a classroom for future Coast Guard officers.

Michael Thompson is stationed with the U.S. Coast Guard in Newport. He will be assisting with public tours of the ship this weekend.

Newport Jazz Festival To Salute Miles Davis

Jul 29, 2015
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This year's Newport Jazz Festival marks the 60th anniversary of legendary trumpeter Miles Davis' first performance at the festival.

Plans for the celebration include musician tributes to Davis and other events, according to festival organizers.


Fifty years ago this week, on July 25, 1965, a young folk singer named Bob Dylan took the stage at the Newport Folk Festival and transformed himself from a defender of the folk tradition into a leader of a new breed of popular musician, the rock and roll troubadour.

This year’s Newport Folk festival kicks off Friday, and it will include a tribute to this moment in rock and roll history.  Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman asked  Newport Folk Festival Founder George Wein to remember the iconic performance.

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Earlier this spring, we brought you a report from our series Battle With The Sea about the impact of climate change on Aquidneck Island's drinking water with warmer temperatures, heavier rains, and more intense storms. But there’s more to the story. We pick up where we left off.

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Rhode Island’s attorney general is taking no position on who owns a pair of ceremonial bells at Newport’s Touro Synagogue. The bells are the subject on an ongoing court battle.

The lawsuit centers on an ornate pair of silver bells that date to colonial times. Congregation Shearith Israel, which calls Touro Synagogue home, wants to sell the bells to Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts to raise money. But a congregation in New York is crying foul.

They claim they own the bells, and have no interest in selling.