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 mull over the recent legislative session. They discuss attempts to restructure the state’s Economic Development Corporation, historic tax credits and the new health insurance commissioner.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
Lt. Governor Elizabeth Roberts is holding a birthday part of sorts Wednesday for a Providence peanut company that’s celebrating its 100th anniversary.
The Virginia and Spanish Peanut Company was founded 100 years ago this summer by Peter Kaloostian, an Armenian immigrant. The company roasts, packages and distributes peanuts, nuts and dried fruit to a wide variety of bakeries, confectioners and supermarkets throughout New England.
Amtrak is spending the summer replacing old railroad ties along the Northeast Corridor. This replacement work is coming to the MBTA’s line in Rhode Island, and starting Friday it will affect six lines delivering passengers to Wickford Junction. This includes trains that will stop at Wickford, but not at TF Green airport, or trains that will end at the airport and not continue on to Wickford.
The disruptions will only be on Fridays starting this week and will end on Friday August 9th.
If you’re going outdoors this weekend, as many of us will, you’ll want to protect yourself against mosquito bites. The state Department of Environmental Management is reporting the largest crop of mosquitos in at least 21 years.
The reason: heavy rains last month. The warm, dry air mass that’s with us now is slowly killing the mosquito population, but the DEM’s Alan Gettman said they’ll be bad this weekend, particularly at fireworks shows.
Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist said parents in schools receiving a low rating should seek answers into how those schools are going to improve.
Twenty-eight schools received the lowest ratings, many of them were in Providence. The education department said the rating system is designed to identify warning signs and to help schools improve. Gist said while it takes years to turn a school around, parents should be concerned about a low-performing school.
A section of Broad Street in Providence was closed to traffic Sunday for the second annual Cyclovia, an event aimed at promoting physical activity among city residents.
The city of Providence hosted the first of three so-called “Cyclovia” events Sunday. A quarter mile of Broad Street was closed to car traffic, leaving the broad avenue free for bicycling, walking, skating, running or just plain socializing.
The event is sponsored by the city of Providence, according to organizer Ellen Cynar .
The old South Street power station in Providence’s jewelry district has been vacant for well over a decade. But it’s about to get a facelift and a new life in the state’s higher education system.
Brown University has announced plans to re-develop the century-old South Street power station, also known as the Dynamo House, into a shared nursing education center and administrative offices. The nursing center will be part of the joint nursing school run by the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. The administrative offices will be used by Brown.