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4:00 pm
Fri May 22, 2015

The Bottom Line: Will A $3M Renovation Attract A New Crowd To The Tennis Hall Of Fame?

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

This week Mark and Dave speak to Douglas Stark, the director of the International Tennis Hall of Fame museum. The museum just reopened following a $3 million renovation. Stark discusses the genesis of the renovation plan.  He also discusses the inclusion of high-tech exhibits, which he hopes attracts younger audiences.

When to listen

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

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RI News
9:20 am
Wed May 20, 2015

Newport Tennis Hall Of Fame Museum Reopens Wednesday Following $3M Renovation

The International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum
Credit International Tennis Hall of Fame

After being closed for six months, the International Tennis Hall of Fame Museum reopens Wednesday, following a $3 million renovation.

For a more in-depth look at the new museum check out Mike Szostak's On Sports blog post.

The museum will now display nearly 2000 objects, including the one of the earliest known paintings of tennis, dating back to 1538.  The museum will also display historic racquets, and memorabilia from the early days of modern tennis.

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RI News
8:44 am
Mon May 18, 2015

Thousands Gather In Newport To Bid Farewell To The Volvo Ocean Race

Boats competing in the Volvo Ocean Race sail under the Newport bridge as they depart the City-by-the-Sea.
Credit Ainhoa Sanchez / Volvo Ocean Race

The six teams competing in the international Volvo Ocean Race departed Newport Sunday.It's the last time the sailors will see land until they reach Lisbon, Portugal.

Thousands of people turned up to Fort Adams in Newport, Sunday to see the crews off.  The City by the Sea has played host to the Volvo Ocean Race for the last week and a half.  It’s the only stopover city in the U.S. and North America.

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Environment
5:18 pm
Fri May 15, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race: A Platform To Highlight Growing Problem Of Ocean Trash

University of Rhode Island's Dennis Nixon, Rhode Island Sea Grant director, and Gov. Gina Raimondo at the ocean debris summit during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Sailors competing in the Volvo Ocean Race are attesting to the growing amount of trash found in the ocean. They’ve reported plastic debris getting stuck on their rudders and keels, slowing down their boats. That was the catalyst for a summit focused on ocean debris during the Volvo Ocean Race stopover in Newport.

Sailor Dee Caffari, with Team SCA, has been sailing for 10 years, but she notes the trash has been most prominent along the new routes in this race around the world. What’s most heartbreaking, Caffari said, is witnessing the negative impact trash has on marine creatures.

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RI News
8:57 am
Wed May 13, 2015

Officials Expect A Lucrative Rhode Island Tourist Season

Events like the Newport Folk Festival draw thousands to Rhode Island during the state's important tourist season.
Credit RIPR FILE

Beaches have opened and warm weather is upon us, which can mean only one thing for the Ocean State, tourist season has begun. State officials are expecting increases in revenue compared to last year. Summer arrived later than usual last year, and Rhode Island saw just an average tourist season.  But this year thermometers have already been pushing 80 degrees. 

Director of tourism for Commerce RI, Mark Brodeur said early beach openings, and events like the Volvo Ocean sailing race in Newport are giving the season a strong start.

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