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RI News
1:16 pm
Mon January 19, 2015

Gas Prices Fall By Double Digits In RI & MA

As you’ve probably noticed, gas prices continue to drop at the pump. In Rhode Island, a gallon of regular unleaded is down 15 cents from last week. And AAA reports prices have dropped by a dime in Massachusetts with the average gallon in both states going for $2.15.

This is the sixth consecutive week for double digit drops.

In Connecticut gas prices are down by twelve cents to land at $2.35 a gallon.

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Local Features
10:26 am
Mon January 19, 2015

The New England Patriots Head To The 49th Super Bowl

The Patriots won 45-7 at Gillette Stadium against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championships Sunday.
Credit Bernard Gagnon / Wikimedia Commons

The New England Patriots dominated the Indianapolis Colts Sunday despite the wind and rain at Gillette Stadium.  They won a commanding 45-7 victory in the American Football Championship. Next, they head to the Super Bowl, where they will face the Seattle Seahawks.  Seattle come off a from-the-behind win over the Green Bay Packers. 

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RI News
9:54 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Rhode Island Remembers Activist Sister Anne Keefe

Funeral services for Sister Ann are scheduled for Friday, January 23rd at St. Michael the Archangel Church in Providence.

Tributes are pouring in for Sister Anne Keefe, who died Sunday. She was just 62 years old. Keefe was known for standing for the less fortunate.  She was part of the St. Michael the Archangel church in South Providecnce.  Keefe's work for social justice earned her a mention earlier this month in Governor Gina Raimondo’s inaugural address.  Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza ordered city flags to fly at half-staff after learning of her death.

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Environment
5:00 am
Mon January 19, 2015

Year-Long Birding Competition Kicks Off In Rhode Island

A barred owl.
Ed Hughes The Audubon Society of Rhode Island

If bird watching is your way of combating the winter blues, then the Audubon of Society of Rhode Island has a challenge for you, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza reports.

In the past, the Audubon Society of Rhode Island (ASRI) has held something called a bird-a-thon, where bird watchers try to identify as many bird species as they can in a day.  

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The Bottom Line
3:34 pm
Fri January 16, 2015

The Bottom Line: Why Quonset’s Growing, Adding New Jobs

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

This week, news director Catherine Welch and Mark talk with managing director of the Quonset Development Corp, Steven King. They talk about the future growth of Electric Boat, new companies moving into the business park, and the role of the Quonset state airport.

When to Listen

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

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RI News
8:46 am
Fri January 16, 2015

Attorney General Warns Against Patriots Football Ticket Scams

Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts
Credit Bernard Gagnon / Wikimedia Commons

As the Patriots hurtle towards the American Football Conference championships this weekend, the Attorney General’s office is warning fans not to fall for ticket scams. 

For high profile games like the AFC Championships or the Super bowl demand for tickets goes up, and with it, the opportunity for scams.  The AG’s office reminds local fans not to let themselves be tricked just to get a real-life glimpse of the grid-iron.  If you missed out on regular tickets don’t go to sites like Craigslist to find one.

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Business
4:48 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Electric Boat Expects To Hire Hundreds Of RI Workers in 2015

Electric Boat President Jeff Geiger tells lawmakers Thursday that EB will hire up to 600 people in 2015
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The president of Electric Boat said there is opportunity ahead for the submarine maker. But there’s concern about the future of federal funding.

In his forecast to lawmakers, Electric Boat President Jeff Geiger said declining defense budgets and cuts out of Washington create an uncertain environment for the company.

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RI News
3:29 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Lincoln Chafee Official Gubernatorial Portrait Unveiled

Randy Rosenbaum and artist Julie Gearan unveil the 6 foot by 4 foot portrait.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The state unveiled the official portrait of former Governor Lincoln Chafee Thursday.  The austere painting is unlike many of the previous portraits.

Take a walk through the statehouse and you’ll see dozens of portraits of Rhode Island governors standing in front of desks, holding books, sitting in regal looking chairs. 

Not Lincoln Chafee. 

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RI News
9:32 am
Thu January 15, 2015

What Does Rhode Island Lose If The PawSox Leave?

McCoy stadium in Pawtucket, the current home of the PawSox, Rhode Island's minor league team.
Credit RIPR FILE

Once again the Pawtucket Red Sox are under threat of leaving the state. The team is up for sale, its former owner Ben Mondor died four years ago. His widow Madeleine is looking to sell the minor league affiliate of the Boston Red Sox. Joining me to parse out what we know and what we don’t know about the team’s fate, is Rhode Island Public Radio’s Scott MacKay.

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Politics
8:58 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Job Development Bill Slated For Introduction Thursday

A new bill which provides tax credits to encourage job development is slated to be introduced Thursday in the House of Representatives.
Credit RIPR FILE

A bill scheduled to be introduced Thursday would use tax credits to try to spark the creation of jobs.  

State Representative Joseph Shekarchi (D-Warwick) is introducing his job development tax credit bill for the third time. He said it’s modeled on a program that incentivizes larger employers to create jobs by lowering their taxes.

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