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RI News
5:18 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

RIDOT: $29M In Transportation Projects Seek Funding

The public has a chance to weigh in Friday on a slate of proposed transportation projects that will be paid for out of a new fund

The new fund helps cities and towns access low-interest loans for road construction projects. It’s modeled after the state’s Clean Water Finance Authority, which over the past 15 years has loaned out $1 billion for municipal sewage treatment projects. In fact, the Clean Water Finance Authority will administer this new transportation fund.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
5:34 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: Providence Journal, We Knew Ye Well

The Providence Journal building in downtown Providence
Credit Emma Ruddock / RIPR

For nearly two centuries, the Providence Journal has been Rhode Island’s most important news organization. Now that it is up for sale, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay brings us the ProJo’s  storied  past and uncertain future.

When the first edition of the Providence Journal  was printed in 1829, it was a four-page broadsheet hand pressed into paper fashioned from recycled linen rags.

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Arts & Culture
9:27 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Newport Jazz Festival Adds Extra Day

The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival at Fort Adams state park
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The Newport Jazz Festival will be a little longer next year.

The Newport Jazz Festival, which has been a two-day event for decades, is adding a third day for its 60th anniversary next year.  The bonus day will be Friday, August 1st    and will feature new and emerging artists. The extra day was made possible by a 40-thousand dollar grant from the Rhode Island Foundation. Neil Steinberg is CEO of the Foundation.

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RI News
10:00 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Historic Cemetery In Newport Getting A "Kickstart"

God's Little Acre cemetery in Newport
Credit God's Little Acre Kickstarter

Some Newport residents have started a Kickstarter campaign to raise money to buy a new sign for the African burial cemetery known as “God’s Little Acre.”  The original sign was destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011.  The new sign is estimated to cost 55-hundred dollars.

The cemetery is also the subject of a new website.

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RI News
9:11 am
Mon December 2, 2013

A Year After Superstorm Sandy, Parts Of Newport's Cliff Walk Ready To Reopen

Cliff Walk in Newport
Credit RIPR FILE

The southernmost section of the Cliff Walk that was damaged last year by Superstorm Sandy is expected to reopen to the public this week.

The three-and-a-half mile trail was badly damaged in the storm. Cliff Walk Commission Chairman Robert B. Power said repairs will cost $3.5 million.

"It eroded a lot of the walkway near Ruggles Avenue which caused some of the sidewalk to cave in. It took a chunk of the actual stone out at Doris Duke’s estate which we had to go back and fill in. It tore a lot of the fencing behind Miramar," said Powers.

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RI News
10:40 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Almost Two-Century Old "Good Luck" Shoes Found In Newport

The "Old Colony" house in Newport, formerly Rhode Island's state house.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

A pair of 19th century men’s shoes has been found in the old State House in Newport.   The discovery at the so-called “Colony House” was made last week.  It was not a complete surprise to historians.

The brown leather men’s slippers were discovered under the floor boards of a courtroom in the old Colony House last week. The building is undergoing an extensive renovation.  Ruth Taylor, executive director of the Newport Historical Society, said they date to about 1830 and were probably left there as the building was under construction.

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RI News
10:18 am
Wed November 20, 2013

Newport Readies For 2015 Volvo Ocean Race

A portion of the America's Cup race held in Newport in 2012.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

Sailing officials from around the globe are in Newport this week getting ready for the next Volvo Ocean Race. The race starts in October of 2014 and makes a stop in Newport in May of 2015. This will be the only North American stop. Discover Newport CEO Evan Smith said the race will deliver exposure that will pay off for years to come.

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RI News
2:34 pm
Tue November 19, 2013

Belcourt Of Newport Pulls EDC Grant Request For Mansion Upgrade

Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian owns Belcourt of Newport, which was seeking an EDC grant to pay for eco-friendly upgrades.
Credit Wiki Commons

Belcourt of Newport has pulled its application for a state renewable energy grant. Alex and Ani owner Carolyn Rafaelian bought Belcourt and is currently renovating the Newport mansion.

The Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation was supposed to take up this month an $18,500 grant for a solar array and geo-thermal heating and cooling system for Belcourt. But the EDC said Belcourt has pulled the grant request.

The EDC put off a vote on awarding the grant at its last meeting after two board members recused themselves due to a conflict of interest.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:18 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: JFK's Rhode Island

President John F. Kennedy sits with his son, John F. Kennedy, Jr., in a rowboat on Bailey’s Beach in Newport, Rhode Island.
Credit Robert Knudsen. White House Photographs. / John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest but it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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On Politics
5:19 pm
Fri November 15, 2013

JFK Loved Rhode Island and Rhode Island loved JFK

It’s been a half-century  years since the assassination of John F. Kennedy.  RIPR Political analyst Scott MacKay explores why Kennedy loved Rhode Island and why the Ocean State loved JFK.

Our state is America’s smallest yet  it loomed large in the life of John F. Kennedy.

From the time Kennedy was a young man, he and his family were shaped by experiences in Rhode Island.  If any event forged the career of John Kennedy it was his World War II heroics as a patrol torpedo lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.

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