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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.

New numbers out of Rhode Island Kids Count show the number of children living in poverty has grown nearly five percent since the start of the Great Recession.  Kids Count RI executive director Elizabeth Burke-Bryant sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison to go over the numbers.

The latest report on child poverty in Rhode Island found in 2013 44,923 children under the age of 18 lived below the federal poverty threshold. That’s 21.5%, and higher than the rate of 15.5% in 2008.

National Grid said the tremendous growth on Aquidneck Island has prompted it to spend $93 million on upgrading its power system there.

The utility said the current system is outdated and will soon be overwhelmed. How outdated is it? Well, one substation was built in 1949.

Full Lineup Announced For 2015 Newport Jazz Fest

Jan 13, 2015
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The full musical lineup is out for the 2015 Jazz Festival.  And as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, it’s the festival’s 61st anniversary.

Newport Folk Festival Tickets Go On Sale Thursday

Jan 8, 2015
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Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival go on sale at 10 o’clock Thursday morning.  The music lineup has yet to be announced.

That’s been the norm for the past several years, but it hasn’t stopped the festival from selling thousands of tickets.   Last year, for the first time in its history, the complete three-day festival completely sold out.  Three-day, two-day, and single passes will all go on sale.  Ten percent of the three-day passes will be available at a special ‘early-bird rate.’

Newport Zoning Board OKs Breakers Welcome Center

Jan 6, 2015
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Newport’s zoning board of review approved a welcome center at the city’s historic Breakers Mansion Monday night.  Groups have been squabbling over the center for over a year.

At issue is a 3600 square-foot visitors’ center that will house snacks, ticketing and information.  The problem is its potential placement on the front lawn of the gilded age mansion. A local neighborhood association fighting it said the center would degrade the site’s historic nature.  The Preservation Society of Newport County, which operates the mansion, said it needs the upgraded facility.

The National Weather Service warns a blast of arctic air out of northern Canada will bring dangerously cold temperatures on Wednesday.

The arctic blast will hit Rhode Island Wednesday afternoon, packing strong winds and sending temperatures down near zero by Wednesday evening, said meteorologist Glenn Fields. “And then overnight looking at the actual temperature dropping to roughly three or four degrees in Providence, and probably a degree or two below zero in the Burrillville area.”

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It’s New Year’s Eve, and though there is no city-wide celebration in Providence this year, there are still plenty of ways to ring in the New Year in the state’s capital.

Providence’s ample restaurants and nightclubs have you covered if you want your standard New Year’s fete. For something a little different head over to performance space AS220 for a night full of live comedy.  For the more adventurous find out what the “Psycho-magical beach party” is at the Providence community space and nightclub Aurora.

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As the city of Newport rings in the New Year, it’s also culminating a yearlong celebration of Newport’s 375th anniversary.  

The city-by-the sea has been marking the milestone with lectures, readings, and concerts.  Organizer Steve Waluk said it’s provided residents an opportunity to reflect on the city’s history.  “I think that people who have lived in Newport for generations can appreciate the various impacts that the community’s had on Rhode Island history and U.S. history really,” said Waluk.

Rose Island Lighthouse Foundation

Scientists are embarking upon a major campaign to get wild heron back on Rose Island.  Over the last decade the birds have disappeared from the island which sits between Newport and Jamestown in Narragansett Bay. .

Some 300 hundred pair of heron nested on the island until the mid-2000’s.  That number has dwindled to zero. The island’s caretakers think human activity, and environmental changes are to blame.   They’re fundraising to bring the birds back.  Rick Best is a spokesman for the Rhode Island Lighthouse Foundation.

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Teresa Paiva Weed of Newport is poised to be elected next month to her fourth term as president of the Rhode Island Senate. Paiva Weed recently sat down in her Statehouse office to talk about her priorities for 2015 and other issues.

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The Navy is abandoning a plan to install wind turbines at Naval Station Newport.  Instead it is considering installing solar panels. 

December’s chill has not slowed the facelift of the historic Newport Casino.  Workers bundled in overalls and jackets, and hoodies and hard hats, have wrapped the steel skeleton of the new indoor tennis facility at the corner of Memorial Drive and Freebody Street and have begun installing the metal roof. The structure replaces a three-court building that opened in 1974.

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Officials in Middletown say slow internet speeds are driving away business, and they’re urging  Newport and Portsmouth to help pay for a faster internet for all of Aquidneck Island.

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One of the last meetings in an ongoing battle over a visitor’s center at the historic Breakers Mansion in Newport will be held Tuesday.  

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