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RI News
8:31 am
Thu December 25, 2014

Central Coventry Firefighters Still Willing To Negotiate As It Heads For Bankruptcy

Coventry town seal

The Central Coventry Fire district’s union says it’s still willing to negotiate even though the district has filed for bankruptcy.  

The governor’s office announced Tuesday a chapter 9 bankruptcy after months of receivership.  Head of the firefighters’ union David Gorman says the bankruptcy will hurt the town of Coventry.  “I still maintain that the governor’s bankruptcy plan will jeopardize public safety even further than we’re at today.  We’re down just 31 firefighters from 52,” said Gorman.  He added that the firefighters have also downsized from five stations to two. 

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Weather
8:26 am
Wed December 24, 2014

Rhode Island In For A Wet, Warm Christmas

Rhode Island is in for a wet Christmas.  And, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, unseasonably warm weather.

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures could hit the upper fifties on Christmas Eve.  There won’t be any snow, but the state can still expect precipitation in the form of heavy rain into Christmas Day.  National Weather Service meteorologist Kimberly Buttrick said temperatures could reach near-record highs.   “Normal highs usually run around forty degrees so for the next three days we can expect unseasonable warmth,” said Buttrick.

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RI News
4:00 pm
Tue December 23, 2014

PUC Approves National Grid Electricity Rate Increase

Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The Public Utilities Commission approved a 14 percent rate increase in National Grid electricity rates. The vote was met with anger by residents who attended this  morning's public hearing.

Angry residents repeatedly asked the PUC not to approve the electricity rate hike. Warren resident Joyce Katzberg said she wants publicly-owned utilities that aren’t beholden to corporate interests.

“And for those utilities to be brought to us through clean, safe, and renewable sources, not fracking, not mountaintop removal, and not nuclear power plants,” said Katzberg.

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Transportation
9:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Record Number Of Holiday Travelers Expected This Holiday Season

More than 4 million New Englanders are expected to travel this holiday season.
Credit RIPR FILE

Nearly 100 million people are expected to travel fifty miles or more this holiday season.  Some four million of those will be New Englanders.

That’s up four percent from last year according to AAA. The organization reports the uptick is due to an extended holiday season, December 23 through January 4, as well as a steadily improving economy according to AAA spokesman Lloyd Albert. “Well I think we’ve been seeing such depressed travel volumes over the past three or four years, that this year we’ve been seeing a very significant uptick.”

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Environment
8:47 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Saftey Tips For Live Christmas Trees

Remember to water any live Christmas trees.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Holiday decorations are up around the state, and fire departments are reminding residents to stay safe.  And there are a few things to keep in mind this holiday season.

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The Bottom Line
5:01 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Raimondo’s Economic Summit Will Boost RI’s Economy

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, Dave and Mark talk with Cheryl Merchant, President and CEO of Hope Global in Cumberland. They discus Governor-elect Gina Raimondo’s economic summit this week: the ideas and expectations from the business community.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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Economy
9:29 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Rhode Island's Jobless Rate Declines For 16th Straight Month

Rhode Island's jobless numbers declined for the 16th month in a row.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s jobless rate edged down to 7.1 percent in November. It’s still above the national rate of 5.8 percent. The jobless rate has dropped two percentage points so far for the year.

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Environment
3:19 am
Fri December 19, 2014

Navy Abandons Plans For Newport Wind Turbines; Opting For Solar Power

Rhode Island already has several wind turbines running, but a feasibility study found that they wouldn't work in Newport.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Navy is abandoning a plan to install wind turbines at Naval Station Newport.  Instead it is considering installing solar panels. 

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RI News
4:14 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

European Companies Look To Open Shop In Rhode Island

Representatives from the five businesses laid out their plans during the announcement at the Statehouse.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Five European companies are looking to set up shop in Rhode Island. Gov. Lincoln Chafee said the announcement is part of an economic tide rolling in to Rhode Island.

At an announcement at the Statehouse, the five companies said they have plans to put down stakes here. SCORE, an encryption technology firm, will locate a data processing center. REIOS designs efficient lighting systems and will build an assembly plant. Italian restaurant chain Galivm will open at least one location. And Furniture maker Monaghan Brothers out of Ireland said it will open a show room.

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Politics
3:57 pm
Thu December 18, 2014

Analysis: What Ruling Against RI Sec Of State Means For Mollis

A Superior Court judge has ruled that the Secretary of State’s office improperly used the courts to investigate a lobbyist for 38 Studios.

Scott Judge Daniel Procaccini ruled that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis and his lawyer misused the courts when looking into whether Michael Corso was registered with the state while lobbying for the failed video game company.

How did Mollis misuse the courts in the judge’s view? Here to join us with more is Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay

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