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RI News
4:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of 12-year-old Providence Girl

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements announces the arrest of two suspects in the murder of 12-year-old girl.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Two suspects have been charged in the murder of a 12-year-old Providence girl. Police say 21-year-old Branden Castro and 20-year-old Ricardo Vasquez have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and other felony charges.

12-year-old Aynis Vargas was shot and killed at a party last month in the Hartford Avenue housing development. Three women were also injured.

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RI News
1:47 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Hundreds Wait For Free Cake and A Chance to Meet Celebrity Chef

Let them eat cake: hundreds line up to receive one of 10,000 free cakes, and a chance to meet the "Cake Boss."
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Despite a hot weather advisory people lined up outside in downtown Providence for free cake and and the chance to spot a celebrity chef.

Ten Thousand.  That is the number of cakes that were handed out for free Wednesday near Kennedy Plaza in Providence.  The bright yellow cakes were part of a collaboration between the store BJ’s and celebrity chef Buddy Valastro.

The giveaway was in celebration of the one year anniversary of the collaboration.

Valastro, a New Jersey pastry chef, became famous thanks to his reality show Cake Boss on TLC.

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The Bottom Line
3:18 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

The Bottom Line: Legislative Recap

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.

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RI News
2:34 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Only the Beacon Will Glow Atop Providence’s Superman Building

Starting this week, only the beacon atop the so called Superman building will be lit. Most of the other exterior lights will be dark, said Bill Fischer, spokesman for the building’s owner.

Bank of America was the only tenant and it left the building earlier this year. Fischer said keeping the beacon lit is sign that work is being done to bring the building back to life.

“You know, to maintain outside lighting on an empty building of approximately anywhere between $26,000 to $30,000 a year, is not a prudent expenditure of money,” said Fischer.

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Business
2:26 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Providence Peanut Company has been Pleasing Taste Buds for a Century

The state is honoring the Providence-based peanut company for its century of selling peanuts in Rhode Island.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

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. 

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Transportation
2:33 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Disruptions Coming to Commuter Rail Lines to Wickford

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.

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Environment
4:28 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

DEM: Mosquitoes Are Out in Full Force This Weekend

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.

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Education
4:14 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

Twenty-eight RI Schools Receive a Low State Ranking

Education commissioner Deborah Gist says the rankings provide an opportunity for improvement in RI's schools.
Credit Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

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.

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RI News
8:41 am
Mon July 1, 2013

"Cyclovia" Event Lets Bikers Hit the Streets

Bicyclists had a section of Broad St. to themselves Sunday for the Cyclovia event.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

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 .

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Bonus Q+A: Taveras Talks Education, Finances + the Economy

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras joins us on Bonus Q+A to discuss finances, taxes and schools in Rhode Island's capital city, and other issues.

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