Rhode Island

Transportation
9:10 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Federal Funding For RI Transportation Projects May Soon Dry Up

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx spoke at the Statehouse to discuss the dwindling Highway Trust Fund.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

The Federal Highway Trust Fund is struggling to stay afloat in the face of dwindling funds and partisan gridlock in Washington.  That means the federal government will delay reimbursing Rhode Island and other states for transportation projects starting August 1st.

U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said states will face a 28 percent drop in federal funding for road repairs, maintenance, and infrastructure developments.  Foxx met with the Rhode Island congressional delegation to discuss the challenge, and didn't mince words when he spoke at the Statehouse.

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Political Roundtable
8:32 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Bonus Q+A: RI ACLU Director Steve Brown On Supreme Court And RI General Assembly

The US Supreme Court made two high-profile decisions this week, and civil liberties again made for a hotly debate subject at the General Assembly this year. The head of the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, Steve Brown, stopped by our studios to discuss those and other issues.

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RI News
10:23 am
Thu July 3, 2014

Declaration Of Independence To Be Displayed In Rhode Island

The Declaration of Independence
Credit U.S. National Archives

A rare copy of the Declaration of Independence will be on display in Rhode Island tonight at the John Brown House in Providence. The document is what is known as a broadside, which means it was printed to be hung outdoors for the public to see. This is one of five known to exist, and was originally printed in Newport.

Kirsten Hammerstrom is the director of collections at the Rhode Island Historical Society.

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RI News
2:48 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

TS Arthur Bringing Rain, Clouds To July 4th Celebrations

Forecasters say it’s a tossup whether the rain that will come with Tropical Storm Arthur will dampen parades during the day or fireworks at night. The National Weather Service is expecting the storm to move past us Friday into early Saturday.

Meteorologist Bill Simpson says the storm track puts Arthur about 100 miles east of Cape Cod, bringing winds of up to 40 miles per hour to mostly the Newport area. As for the rain, “could rain pretty hard for a short period of time, and that’s anytime during the day on the 4th. So the 4th doesn’t look too good,” said Simpson.

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RI News
9:33 am
Wed July 2, 2014

More Drivers Hitting The Road This July 4th Weekend

As always Independence Day travel is expected to be heavy. This year will see about 41 million people moving around the country.

That’s about two percent higher than last year’s rate, which may be in part due to the holiday falling on a Friday.

In New England nearly three percent more people are expected to travel. David Raposa of AAA of Southern New England attributes the higher travel rate in New England to one thing: the region’s small size.

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Politics
8:33 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Table Games Back On The Ballot After Senate Reconvenes

Newport Grand currently has only slot games, but a referendum will let Newport voters decide on table games, a measure which failed just two years ago.
Credit RIPR FILE

In what the Senate president called “an abundance of caution” the state senate voted again and approved a bill putting casino gambling in Newport on the November ballot.

Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed says the governor’s legal counsel was worried that the part of the bill giving $1.5 million dollars to Newport would be considered an appropriation. And appropriation measures need a two-thirds majority, or 26 votes. It got only 24 votes in the final hours of the session.

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Economy
10:13 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Massachusetts Ruling Could Be A Big Win For RI's Gaming Industry

Twin River in Lincoln is currently the only casino in the state to offer table games. Voters rejected the proposal for Newport Grand.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s gaming industry may get a major boost. Massachusetts residents will decide if they want to get rid of all casino gambling in the Commonwealth.  Massachusetts casinos would pose direct competition to the Ocean State’s gaming revenue.

Two casinos have already been approved in Massachusetts: a resort-style in Springfield and a slot parlor in Plainville. The slot parlor would be fewer than twenty miles from Rhode Island’s Twin River casino in Lincoln.  But the new ruling could allow Commonwealth voters to stop that project dead in its tracks.

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Providence
9:18 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Davey Lopes Pool To Reopen In Providence

The Davey Lopes Pool in South Providence in October of 2013.
Credit RIPR FILE

The Davey Lopes pool in South Providence is set to reopen for the season after extensive repairs. The pool closed last summer despite an outcry from the public.

Community leaders in the neighborhood say the pool is vital to keeping the youth of South Providence busy during the summer months.  The neighborhood has one of the highest crime rates in the city. Leah Williams Metts, is a local activist who helped spearhead the project.

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RI News
10:31 am
Sat June 28, 2014

Calamari Becomes The Ocean State's Official Appetizer

Gov. Lincoln Chafee signed the calamari bill, making calamari the official state appetizer.
Ambar Espinoza RIPR

Calamari is now Rhode Island’s official state appetizer. At the signing ceremony, Governor Lincoln Chaffee said this bill is an important way to support Rhode Island’s fishing industry, despite the pushback he got for it.

Chafee said fishermen frequently told him, “We want our calamari bill!”

“And I said to myself, you know [despite] all the cynicism about, ‘Why  are you doing this with an appetizer when there are so many more important things to do?’ I went back to Rep. McNamara and Sen. Sosnowski and I said, ‘Let’s get that calamari bill. The fisherman want it!’”

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The Bottom Line
1:39 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

The Bottom Line: When Historic Tax Credits Are Off The Table

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 Grow Smart Rhode Island Executive Director Scott Wolf. They discuss the future of the historic tax credit and how projects waiting in the wings may never come to fruition.

When to Listen

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

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