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RI News
1:12 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Median Home Prices Rise in Rhode Island

The median price of a house in Rhode Island went up in the first quarter of this year. The latest numbers out of the Rhode Island Association of Realtors find the median price rose 5 percent to $195,000.

Meanwhile, foreclosures and short sales on single family homes dropped by ten percent from the same time last year.

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Theater Reviews
4:15 am
Thu May 1, 2014

2nd Story’s “Sylvia” Is One Of The Very Best This Season

Lara Hakeem (front), Ed Shea is Greg and Sharon Carpentier is his wife Kate in Sylvia at 2nd Story Theatre.
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

First I’d like to say that “Sylvia” is an absolute true charmer of a play. It’s laugh out loud funny and can prompt small smiles, too. At 2nd Story, director Pat Hegnauer has given it force and speed and reached to its serious undercurrent, too. This is one of the very best productions of the current theater season. Don’t miss it.

Okay, about explaining it all. Playwright A.R. Gurney, best known for “Love Letters” and “The Dinner Party,” has set it up simply. A middle-aged couple with

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Politics
2:15 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Coalition Mounts Opposition To RI Constitutional Convention

Coalition members speak out against a constitutional convention in Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender

Dozens of people gathered in Providence Wednesday to protest a proposed constitutional convention in Rhode Island. The debate whether to hold this convention comes up every 10 years.

The constitutional convention gives Rhode Island voters an opportunity to change their state constitution.  Delegates outside the general assembly are chosen to represent districts across the state in a meeting to draft referenda that will appear at state-wide elections.

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Theater Reviews
4:43 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Ocean State Theatre’s “42nd Street” Is A Good Time

The cast of 42nd Street, playing at Ocean State Theatre through May 18th.
Credit Mark Turek / Ocean State Theatre

Yeah, I don’t know. Maybe I’m just a Broadway baby at heart. After all, “42nd Street” does go on for two hours and forty minutes. It’s filled with deliberately bad jokes and dialog like this: Says a director to an actor:  “Musical comedy.

The greatest words in the English language.”

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Business
2:03 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

EB Lands $17.6B Contract To Build Ten Submarines At Quonset

The $17.6 billion contract is for ten Virginia-class submarines.
Credit file / RIPR

General Dynamics has landed a $17.6 billion Navy contract to build submarines. The Virginia-class subs will be built at Electric Boat in Quonset Point. General Dynamics spokesman Bob Hamilton said this contract involves ten submarines, starting construction over the next five years at a rate of two per year.

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RI News
4:35 am
Tue April 29, 2014

RIPTA’s Most Popular Lines Will Move Faster

RIPTA's turning the Route 11 and Route 99 buses into Rapid Bus Lines.
Credit file / RIPR

RIPTA riders are being encouraged to attend public meetings this week about changes on the two most popular bus lines.

RIPTA is turning the number 11 bus line that travels Broad Street in Providence, and the number 99 line that links Providence to Pawtucket on North Main Street into Rapid Bus Lines. Some 11,000 people ride those two lines daily.

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Politics
1:50 pm
Mon April 28, 2014

Pell, Raimondo, Taveras Sign On To A “People’s Pledge”

A so-called “people’s pledge” has been hammered out and agreed to by the three leading democratic candidates running for governor. The goal is to limit outside spending.

To limit that outside spending, Clay Pell, Gina Raimondo, and Angel Taveras have agreed to a pledge calling for any candidate who benefits from an ad bought by an outside group to make a charitable donation for the same amount of the ad buy.

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The Bottom Line
1:57 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

The Bottom Line: Eating and Drinking in Rhode Island

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

This week Dave and Mark talk with David Dadekian, the head of a culinary media company called “Eat Drink RI.” He is a recent recipient of this year’s innovation fellowship by the Rhode Island Foundation. They talk about this weekend’s Eat Drink Festival and ways Dadekian envisions boosting the state’s culinary industry.

When to Listen

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

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Economy
9:51 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Pawtucket Mayor Unveils Budget With No Tax Increase

Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien has proposed a budget that excludes any tax hike for residents or businesses. The proposed 112-million dollar budget includes buying a rescue vehicle to cut overtime costs, giving schools 600-thousand extra dollars, and setting aside money in the rainy day fund. Grebien said the arrival of new businesses, cuts in city staff, and grant revenue helped craft the budget.

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Arts & Culture
9:39 am
Fri April 25, 2014

Providence Hosts 12th Annual National Scrabble Championships

The Hasbro toy company offices in Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The 12th annual National School Scrabble Championship will be hosted by Hasbro, Inc. on Saturday in Providence.

Over one hundred students between the fourth and eighth grades from the U.S. and Canada will compete against each other in teams of two. Hasbro’s Karen Davis says the tournament will have many educational benefits for children.

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