Providence

Politics
2:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Some Rhode Island Lawmakers are Turning Down Pay Hike

Nine lawmakers so far have turned down an annual cost of living raise.
Credit file / RIPR

Nine state senators and one state rep are turning down an increase in their annual legislative pay, which is mandated by a cost of living provision in the state constitution.

The raise will boost lawmakers pay by $307 to $14,947. Democratic State Senator Adam Satchell of West Warwick turned his raise down, saying he doesn’t feel like he deserves it after one year in office.

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RI News
9:28 am
Mon July 29, 2013

City of Providence Unveils Ad-Campaign for Summer Tourists

Waterfire in Downtown Providence attracts thousands to the city each summer. Now the capital city is looking to attract crowds during the daylight.
Credit RIPR FILE

While most Rhode Islanders are out drinking up the joys of beach life this summer, Providence Mayor Angel Taveras is trying to lure them back into the city in a series of television and radio ads that started running last week.

The ads highlight popular tourism spots in the capital city and try to allay people’s concerns about parking, saying:

“Whoever said there’s no parking in downtown Providence needs to come visit us. We have over 15,000 parking spaces. The city’s in bloom this summer with fabulous restaurants, concerts and more.”

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Hot City: Crime in Providence
7:33 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Hot City: Crime on Smith Hill’s Oakland Avenue

A dozen crimes were reported on Oakland Avenue in Smith Hill in July of 2012.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July. Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the North End saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch visits a street in that area where a dozen crimes happened in one month.

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The Bottom Line
4:36 pm
Fri July 26, 2013

The Bottom Line: Redesigning Historic Spaces

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 talks with Rhode Island School of Design professor Liliane Wong. She heads the interior architecture department at RISD, has published about adaptive reuse in design, and is a registered architect. They discuss the promise and challenges of turning old buildings into new spaces.

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Arts & Culture
8:04 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Artscape: In Conversation with the Rhode Island International Film Festival Director

The Rhode Island International Film Festival will celebrate its 17th year when it starts up for a week this August.

For this month’s Artscape Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with George Marshall, the executive director of the festival.

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RI News
7:53 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Skeleton Found In Providence

Skeletal remains have been found in a building being renovated on Prairie Avenue in south Providence.  The bones, which included a skull and rib bones are believed to be human, but authorities won’t know for sure until an autopsy is conducted.

Providence police spokesman David Lapatin  says construction workers found the bones Wednesday afternoon in the basement of a century-old brick factory building.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:40 am
Mon July 22, 2013

Bryant University; A War Between Town and Gown

Byrant University has come to a head with the town of Smithfield, which feels the school should pay more for things like emergency services.
Credit Courtesy Bryant University

Rhode Island politicians are increasingly looking to non-profit institutions to finance local government. The latest tug-of-war between town and gown is in Smithfield, where the town thinks Bryant University is not paying its fair share. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its time for cooperation, not confrontation.

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The Bottom Line
5:01 pm
Fri July 19, 2013

The Bottom Line: HealthSource RI & Small Business

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 Claflin Company President & CEO Ted Almon, a veteran advisor on state health care policies, including the development of the state health insurance network. They discuss how Rhode Island’s health insurance exchange looks as we get closer to the deadlines laid out in the Affordable Care Act.

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Transportation
4:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Amtrak Slows Trains along Entire Northeast Corridor

Rail temperatures exceeding 120 degrees have forced Amtrak to slow down trains along the Northeast Corridor.
Credit file / RIPR

In a rare move, Amtrak has slowed down trains along the Northeast Corridor due to the heat. Amtrak trains travel at speeds reaching more than 100 mph, but on Thursday they’re going about 60mph.

Sensors along the track show rail temperatures at more than 120 degrees. And Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said those hot rails pose safety concerns. “They can under some rare circumstances expand. So the thought process behind any restriction in speed is to have the trains going at a lower than normal speed to make it less problematic in case there were an issue with the track,” said Cole.

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