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Governor Gina Raimondo and other elected officials were in Newport Tuesday celebrating the opening of the Volvo Ocean Race village at Fort Adams.  The international sailing race is set to hit Newport by week’s end.

Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica

The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race are speeding closer to Newport, where they’re expected to dock later this week. The race is one of the biggest in the sailing world, covering some 40-thousand nautical miles. It takes nine months to complete. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught up with a sailor on one of the boats. Nick Dana hails from Newport, at 29,  he’s one of the youngest crew members for Team Alvimedica. Dana spoke by a satellite phone as the team heads from Brazil towards the east coast.

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean race is expected to arrive in Newport this week.  The City by the Sea is the race’s only stopover in the U.S.


Sailing fans consider this the Super Bowl of international ocean sailboat racing. Held about once every four years, the international race kicks off in Spain and ends in Sweden.  It takes about nine months to complete. Seven teams are competing this year.

Race commentator Andy Green said the boats are on their way following, after a stop in Brazil.


Twin River’s leadership plans to hold an informational meeting in Tiverton Monday on its proposed casino. Twin River hopes to transfer the gambling license for Newport Grand to an undeveloped northern Tiverton site on the state line with Massachusetts.

Twin River officials are slated to offer an introductory presentation on their proposal during a 7 pm meeting at Tiverton Middle School. Tivertown Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik said his sense is that residents are looking for details on the envisioned casino.

Newport Third Graders Lobby For Official State Insect

May 1, 2015
St. Michael's Country Day School

A group of third graders in Newport hope to convince lawmakers to name an official state insect.  The students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport want to make the American Burying Beetle the Ocean State’s official bug.

Their teacher Linda Spinney says the students will make their case at the Statehouse Thursday before lawmakers.

“We’re taking the school bus up there today. It will be a late night for them but I think their parents want them to really see the process and where it takes you when your voices are heard.”

Newport's Cliff Walk Gets High Tech Upgrades

Apr 29, 2015

Newport’s famous Cliff Walk is now smart-phone friendly. The tourist attraction has added 16 trail markers with quick response codes. Visitors can get historic and geological information with a quick smartphone scan.

Salve Regina University Professor Jon Marcoux worked with students to create the app.

“This is a great example of something that was doable for an undergraduate, and they did it, but hopefully it will have a big payoff for folks who are visiting.”

Marcoux said using technology increases the breadth of information available to tourists.


Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbot said she will attend the race Monday.  Abbot, who lives in Newport, lost her left leg following the blast at the finish line.

She said she’ll watch the races joined by loved ones, continuing her annual Marathon Monday tradition.

“I’ll be spending the day in Boston with my same group of friends that I’m always with, trying to create some better memories, and put that memory of 2013 in the past.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation.  The charity will provide funds for other amputees.

Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels.  Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.

Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.

John Bender / RIPR

In what has become an all too familiar winter announcement this year, the cities of Providence and Newport have ordered street parking  bans.

Mayor Jorge Elorza announced this afternoon that the capital city’s parking ban will go into effect at midnight Monday (March 2) and remain in effect until further notice. The mayor also said in a statement that parents should remain on alert for a possible school tomorrow. The city’s snow hotline telephone number is 680-8080.

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The Aquidneck Land Trust has acquired 72 acres of land in Portsmouth to conserve as open space. The Land Trust recently purchased the parcel for $3 million. The scenic property at St. Mary’s Church includes 25 forested acres.

Land trust executive director Chuck Allott said the property at St. Mary’s Church includes forested land that neighbors St. Mary’s Pond, one of Aquidneck Island’s drinking water supplies.  “So it's a very important drinking water, watershed protection parcel and it's also an important habitat property because of that forested land.”

Ian Donnis / RIPR

With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with state Representative Lauren Carson (D-Newport), who defeated three-term former Representative Peter Martin in the Democratic primary last September.

Age: 60

Occupation: Environmental policy analyst with Clean Water Action.

Party: Democrat

Twitter: @LaurenHCarson


Developer Joe Paolino has made a deal to buy Newport Grand slot parlor.  Paolino says there are still a few a details to be worked out.

Newport Grand produces far less revenue for the state than Twin River in Lincoln. Yet it remains part of Rhode Island’s third-largest revenue stream. Paolino said he thinks Newport Grand offers a great opportunity.

He would not say how much he's paying for the slot parlor, or whether he had partners in the venture. He says a confidentiality agreement limits him from saying more.

Yet Another Winter Storm Bears Down On Rhode Island

Feb 2, 2015
Catherine Welch / RIPR

More snow is hitting Rhode Island this morning.  The National Weather Service predicts about a foot could fall in the northwestern part of the state. 

Matt Doody, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, said the rest of the state will see less of the white stuff.  “It drops off fairly quickly, so that the immediate Providence-metro area is anywhere from 6-8 inches, and then the coastline is probably only on the order of like 3-6 or so.”

Rhode Island Starts Digging Out Of The Blizzard

Jan 26, 2015
John Bender / RIPR

Residents across the state are digging out of the blizzard that dumped more than two feet on parts of the state. Gov. Gina Raimondo lifted the state’s travel ban last night. She thanked Rhode Islanders for staying off the roads. There was a fire in Providence and a handful of accidents, but no major injuries from the storm.

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 National Grid spokesman David Graves. They go over the permitting process of stringing new power lines around the island, and why a growing hunger for juice has forced the utility to upgrade.

When to Listen

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