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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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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.

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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.

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

This week Dave and Mark talk Joe Paolino about plans he and his partners have to revamp Newport Grand. The idea is to turn the struggling slot parlor into an entertainment complex that offers table games, but that all hinges on residents approving the move at the polls.

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Developer Joe Paolino and two partners have signed an agreement to buy Newport Grand.

Paolino isn’t ready to say how much he’s paying for Newport Grand, but said he and his partners are ready to bring table games to Newport and sink $40 million to upgrade the struggling slot parlor.

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Former Providence Mayor Joseph Paolino said he and some partners are interested in buying Newport Grand. Paolino said the struggling slot parlor needs to be saved before table games come to Massachusetts.

Paolino said he and his two partners have been talking with owners of Newport Grand since last summer. Since then Foxwoods has been looking at building a casino in Fall River, and Paolino sees that as a dire threat.

A state representative says he's outlived one Sakonnet River Bridges in his lifetime. He's concerned about whether the state will find the funds to maintain the current one.

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

Newport Restoration Foundation

The Newport Restoration Foundation has added a new jewel to its crown of original colonial housing. And this isn’t just any home.  Its owner was a man who made American furniture-making history.

The Newport Restoration Foundation has purchased the home of Christopher Townsend, founder of the famous cabinet making company whose colonial-era furniture sells today for millions of dollars.  Foundation director Pieter Roos said they picked up the 1725 red house with white trim for $645,000.   The company’s original cabinet making shop is a single story wing at the right of the house.

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2014. There are nine inductees, who range from folk and jazz musicians to R&B to club owners. The museum located in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village will hold a series of events next month to induct the musicians.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch caught up with the museum’s Rick Bellaire for a few stories about these musicians from Rhode Island who made a name for themselves around the world.

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