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The Pawtucket Red Sox are willing to contribute $45 million to the cost of a new $73 million stadium at the Apex site in Pawtucket, with the state and the City of Pawtucket paying an initial $38 million that would be paid back over 30 years through taxes and other revenue from the development.

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A new study finds that the PawSox’ preferred site for a new stadium will offer the most economic benefits over a 30-year period.

The report finds that the Apex site in Pawtucket will generate about $93 million in economic activity over three decades. That’s about $20 million more than another potential location known as the Tidewater site.

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Fresh details about the Pawtucket Red Sox’ quest for a new stadium are expected to emerge in the near future. So we invited in the team’s president, Dr. Charles Steinberg, to talk about the situation. 

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Opening day at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket is a sure sign of warm weather to come. 

After President Donald Trump promised a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, many expressed a fear of leaving their house, going to work, or shopping. But some local Catholic Churches are seeing an uptick in attendance at their Spanish language masses as Latinos turn to the church for support.

To call St. John the Baptist Church in Pawtucket anything but grand would be an understatement. The church was established in the late 1800’s for the city’s French-Canadian Catholics. Painted above a statue of the Virgin Mary are the words Mere de Dieu, or “Mother of God” in French.

Peter Goldberg / Gamm Theatre

Playwright David Mamet is well known for works such as “Glengarry Glen Ross” and “Speed-The-Plow.” But many think “American Buffalo” is his masterpiece. Bill Gale says the Gamm Theater's production is proof of that.

“American Buffalo” was first done in Chicago way back in 1975, that time – if you can believe it -  of no cell phones , no Facebook.  And Twitter? That was something birds in the trees did.

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


This week Mark and Dave speak with Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien about the RI Infrastructure Bank. The quasi-public agency awarded more than $17 million to fund green municipal projects.

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"The Polka King," starring actor and musician Jack Black is scheduled to begin filming in Rhode Island later this summer. State officials have announced principal photography slated to begin in mid-July and last through mid-August at "various locations" in the state. 

“With our unique locations in close proximity and an organized talent pool of local artists and professional technicians, Rhode Island is the perfect place to make a successful movie," said Governor Gina Raimondo in the official announcement.


Religious leaders, members of the African-American community and elected officials gathered in Cranston Wednesday to condemn swastikas spray-painted at a recreation facility.

Marc Belanger

Jewish leaders say their community is shaken by recent vandalism at a Pawtucket Synagogue and learning center. Police are investigating a swastika spray-painted in red on a sign at Ohave Shalom late Saturday or early Sunday.

Raphie Schochet, a rabbi at the center,  said it’s been disheartening for members of his community to see this symbol synonymous with the Holocaust.


Cumberland State Representative Karen MacBeth, who last week changed her party affiliation from Democrat to Republican, announced Monday that she will run for the Republican nomination for the U.S. House in the First District, a seat currently held by Democrat David Cicilline of Providence.

Chuck Hinman

At the Atrium Gallery at One Capitol Hill in Providence, there is a show called “Pawtucket: A Different Perspective.” It features 520 photos from Pawtucket’s 17th Annual Photo Contest. Contestants were told to hit the streets of the city in search of their particular vision of Pawtucket. 

The redesign is part of a city-wide re-branding effort, which included a new city logo. The logo features a wheel with cogs in a nod to the city’s industrial past, and the tagline “join the evolution.”

City spokesman Rico Vota called it a big improvement over the former website.

“It was a little clumsy, it wasn’t quite user-friendly,” said Vota. “It certainly wasn’t mobile friendly. It was a little bit dated as far as layout. So it was time for an upgrade for sure.”

Vota said city officials also hope the new website will help spur economic development.

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

This week Mark and Dave sit down with president and CEO of Collette of Pawtucket, Dan Sullivan. Sullivan is a travel industry veteran, whose company organizes guided vacations and tours all over the world. The three talk about how the travel industry has been affected by the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, what travelers should know about security, and the growing popularity of Cuba as a travel destination.

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African cuisine will be on display in Pawtucket Saturday. The African Alliance of Rhode Island plans to present a public cooking demonstration.

The group maintains a network of community gardens, dedicated to native produce from Africa. These are fruits and vegetables you won’t find at the local grocery store, like special varieties of hot peppers and a small, round vegetable called the African Garden Egg.

Alliance President Julius Kolawole said it makes a flavorful sauce.