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4:40 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Rhode Island Politicians Praise Chafee for his Public Service

As the media burst with news that Gov. Lincoln Chafee was not seeking re-election, the state’s top elected officials crafted statements praising the governor.

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras and state treasurer Gina Raimondo, who are both expected to run for Chafee’s office, released statements thanking him for his years of public service. Taveras called him a man of integrity, while Raimondo called Chafee an unfailing optimist who always had the state’s best interest at heart.

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On Politics
3:03 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Chafee Drops Out of RI's 2014 Race for Governor

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

In a surprise announcement, Governor Lincoln Chafee announced Wednesday afternoon he won't seek re-election for a second term.

Chafee's approval rating has remained below 30 percent, yet he maintained his decision was motivated by a desire to focus on improving the Ocean State and its economy in his remaining time in office.

"There are many factors into this decision, but the main thing is that you can’t be doing two jobs well at the same time, especially with the situation that we have here in Rhode Island," he said.

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Politics
8:34 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Potential Providence Mayoral Candidates Ramping up Fundraising

Two of the Democrats running for mayor of Providence next year are stepping up their campaign fundraising.

Roger Williams University Law School professor Jorge Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand dollars by the end of the third fundraising quarter September 30th. Elorza said he hopes to collect 30-thousand to 40-thousand a month until the September 2014 primary.

Providence’s current mayor, Angel Taveras, is expected to run for governor next year.

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RI News
8:47 am
Mon September 2, 2013

Providence Cathedral Reopens After Multi-Million Dollar Renovation

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul has undergone $1.2 million facelift.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Roman Catholics celebrated the first Mass in the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul Sunday since an ambitious renovation project was started two months ago.

Catholics spend a fair amount of time on their knees so parishioners at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul appreciated the comfortable new cushioned kneelers installed recently.  They also admired new flooring and soon darkened shadows will be illuminated by new lighting fixtures.  The $1.2 million dollar restoration of the cathedral is 75 percent complete, reports rector Monsignor Anthony Mancini.

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Arts & Culture
8:52 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Artscape: Trinity Rep, a Rhode Island Theater at 50

Curt Columbus has been the artistic director of Trinity Repertory Company since 2006.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

This year, the Providence based Theater Company, Trinity Rep will celebrate its 50th year in Rhode Island, a remarkable feat for any non-profit arts organization.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender found out more about their upcoming season, and how the theater company made it to fifty.

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The Bottom Line
3:53 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

The Bottom Line: The Secret to Luring Conventions to Providence

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Kristin McGrath, VP of Sales with the Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. Their discussion centers on Providence as an increasingly popular destination for conventions and festivals, like the gathering of HP Lovecraft fans taking place this weekend.

When to Listen

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On Politics
3:04 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

URI: University in RI or University of RI?

Even President Obama is talking about rising college tuitions as students return to campus. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay  talks about what this all means for our flagship public university, the University of Rhode Island.

The days are getting shorter, the breezes off our cobalt coastline are cooler. The rhythms of fall return. In our cozy corner of New England, a timeless harbinger of the season is students thronging college campuses.

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Environment
2:58 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Waste Company Settles with EPA by Helping Schools in RI & MA

A Providence waste handler has agreed to remove hazardous chemicals from 60 schools in Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The cleanup is part of a settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency.

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RI News
1:49 pm
Fri August 23, 2013

Iconic Downtown Diner 'Eddie and Son' Serves its Last Meals

Eddie And Son Diner has been operating out of it's Dorrance St. location for the last 20 years. Before that it was located on Westminster, Pine and Broadway.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

After more than 65 years in business, the iconic Providence eatery, Eddy and Son’s Diner is shutting its doors.

About a dozen customers sat scattered through the restaurant in the calm before the early lunch rush at Eddie and Son Diner in downtown Providence on their final day of business.

The restaurant has been serving affordable Italian and diner fare for the last 70 years, always taking only cash.

At the counter Connie Caputo, who runs the restaurant with her husband takes orders at the cash register.

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Politics
9:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Mayor Taveras Expects to Balance City Budget for FY 2013

Mayor Taveras believes Providence will balance it's budget for FY13, though the city's internal auditor says it's still too early to tell.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he expects the city’s budget for the last fiscal year to be balanced when the books close on it at month’s end.  Providence is still working to eliminate a small structural deficit.

Taveras inherited a 110 million dollar deficit when he took office in January 2011. Since then, the city has steadily whittled down that number. Taveras says the fiscal picture is solid as City Hall prepares to close the books for the budget year that ended June 30th.

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