Deer Tick Held Up En Route To Newport Folk Festival

Jul 24, 2014

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.

Newport City Councilor Pleads No Contest To Assault

Jul 24, 2014

A Newport city councilor 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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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 talk about her reasons for resigning, and what lies ahead for Newport.

Great Friends Dance Festival Returns To Newport

Jul 22, 2014
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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.


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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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.


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.

The Bottom Line: What Lured Woody Allen To Rhode Island?

Jun 13, 2014

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.

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

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The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority voted unanimously Wednesday to install a median barrier along the bridge.

There is currently a line of yellow dividers down the center of the bridge, acting as a kind of visual barrier to keep drivers in their lanes. Those dividers will be replaced with a median barrier to prevent accidents caused by drivers crossing over into on-coming traffic.

Calls for a barrier on the Pell Bridge grew louder back in January after a deadly head-on collision on Christmas Eve.


A senate committee will look at legislation Wednesday creating a constitutional amendment centered on gambling in the Ocean State.

The bill would put a constitutional amendment before voters that states a casino or slot parlor cannot change locations without approval from voters in that city or town.

A development team is looking to buy Newport Grand, but promises that if casino games are allowed at the slot parlor that it will not change locations.

The Newport City council has approved a resolution that could put table games back on the ballot. The council will ask the General Assembly to put the question to Newport voters.

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A turn-of the century Newport woman is the subject of a new documentary out this week; she gained national attention for being ahead of their time.

Ida Lewis, tended the Lime Rock Lighthouse in Newport throughout out the late eighteen-hundreds, a job she inherited after her father passed away.

The Bottom Line: The State of Catering In RI

May 23, 2014

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 Lisa Mattiello, founder of Pranzi Catering and Events of Providence and Newport. She was recently named Small Business Person of the Year in Rhode Island for 2014.

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Aircraft Carrier In Newport To Be Scrapped

May 13, 2014

The Navy has announced that it will send an aircraft carrier that has been moored in Newport to Texas to be recycled into scrap metal. The USS Saratoga was decommissioned in 1994 after serving the Navy for thirty-eight years. Because a lack of local funding is preventing the ship from being turned into a museum, Chris Johnson of the Naval Sea Systems Command says that scrapping is a necessary course of action.

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The Newport Historical Society is working to attract more visitors by drawing more attention to the city’s revolutionary history. Historical Society director Ruth Taylor says they plan to revamp the historic Wanton-Lymon-Hazard house into a museum that brings Newport’s role in the American Revolution to life. Right now, said Taylor, places like Boston and Concord corner the revolutionary tourist market.

“They’re eating our lunch because really important things from the same period happened here. And it’s just less well known," said Taylor.