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RI News
10:18 am
Wed May 27, 2015

Pawtucket Mayor Calls On PawSox Ownership To Share Study Outlining Stadium Costs

Artist rendering of proposed baseball stadium

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien is asking again for a copy of a study outlining the cost of potential improvements to McCoy Stadium.

In a letter to PawSox co-owner Larry Lucchino, Grebien said news reports have put the cost of renovating McCoy at $65 million. Grebien said the information used to arrive at that figure should be made public. He said the details would be useful to lawmakers and citizens as they consider a new ballpark proposal for the PawSox.

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Arts & Culture
5:24 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

Newport Folk Fest Announces 50th Anniversary Celebration Of Dylan Going Electric

The Newport Folk Festival at Fort Adams
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Newport Folk Festival has announced plans to celebrate this year’s 50th anniversary of Bob Dylan going electric.  But details of the celebration remain a mystery.

In true Folk festival fashion, producers are keeping silent on the headlining act for what they’ve dubbed “65 revisited,” an affectionate nod to the Bob Dylan album ‘Highway 61 Revisited.’

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RI News
3:39 pm
Tue May 26, 2015

State Lawmakers Considering Driver's Licenses For Undocumented Immigrants

The House Judiciary Committee is set to hold a hearing on legislation that would provide driver's licenses to undocumented immigrants in Rhode Island.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Once again, lawmakers are considering legislation that would allow undocumented immigrants to obtain driver’s licenses in the Ocean State. The House Judiciary Committee holds a hearing on the proposal Tuesday.

This is the second time in as many legislative sessions that drivers licenses for undocumented immigrants have surfaced as an issue before the General Assembly. Last year, bills in the House and Senate failed, despite support from then-Governor Lincoln Chafee.

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RI News
10:47 am
Tue May 26, 2015

For The First Time, Navy Week Kicks Off In Rhode Island

Capt. Dennis Boyer, the commanding officer at Naval Station Newport.
Credit John Bender / RIPR


Memorial Day marked the kickoff of Navy Week in Rhode Island. The event comes to cities across the U.S., but this is a first for the Ocean State, despite a long history with the Navy. East Greenwich (unofficially) touts itself as the birthplace of the American Navy, and Newport continues to be home to a naval station, and the Naval War College.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s morning host Chuck Hinman sat down with Capt. Dennis Boyer, commanding officer at Naval Station Newport to talk about the celebration and the Navy's role in Rhode Island, past and present.

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8:53 am
Tue May 26, 2015

Providence Students To Demonstrate For Better Busing

Providence City Hall

Providence students plan to demonstrate at Providence City Hall today. They’re calling for Mayor Jorge Elorza to provide bus passes for students who live two miles or more from school. Students say they must currently live two and-a-half miles from school, at minimum, in order to qualify for free bus passes.

Roselin Trinidad is a senior at Central High School, and a member of the Providence Student Union, the education advocacy group putting on the protest.

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