Rhode Island

Weather
8:36 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Flood Warning Remains In Effect For Rhode Island

A rain swollen Pawcatuck River in Westerly RI.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Flood warnings remain in effect for Rhode Island rivers, but forecasters for with the National Weather Service says people shouldn't fear a repeat of the historic floods of March 2010; which were the worst in the state.  However residents in Westerly were still worried.

Gail Quatromanni lives in a sprawling ranch with spectacular view of the Pawcatuck River.  But it hasn't been looking very pretty in the last couple days.  In a 24 hour period starting Sunday morning, Quatromanni said the river rose 19 inches.

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RI News
11:52 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Gas Prices Down A Penny in RI & MA

Gas prices have dropped by a penny in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. The latest survey from AAA Southern New England puts the average gallon of regular unleaded at $3.59. That’s a tiny bit above the national average but lower than what drivers were paying at the pump a year ago. 

Bay State drivers are paying an average $3.51 a gallon. That’s also down a penny from last week.

AAA urges drivers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to shop around, since the range in gas prices spans from 21-cents in Rhode Island to 32-cents in Massachusetts.

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Arts & Culture
9:29 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Documentary Tells Story Of Haven Brothers Food Truck

Director of the Haven Brothers documentary, Jeff Toste.
Credit Courtesy: Jeff Toste

“Haven Brothers: The Legacy of the American Diner” tells the story of the food truck that has been parked outside Providence City Hall for as long as most people remember.

Jeff Toste makes his directorial debut with the documentary that explores the food truck’s beginnings and how it was almost lost.  The documentary makes its Providence debut at the Columbus Theatre in Providence on June 6th.

Rhode Island Public Radio weekend host Chuck Hinman sat down with Toste to talk about the iconic food truck and capturing its history.

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Weather
9:17 am
Mon March 31, 2014

With Heavy Rains, Rhode Island On Flood Watch

Roads in Westerly are seeing flooding, the Pawcatuck River was two feet above the flood stage on Monday.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The National Weather Service has Rhode Island under a flood warning after a rainy weekend, and with more to come, the warning will last until Wednesday.

Forecasters are watching flooding rivers and streams across the state. Already the Pawcatuk River in Westerly is two feet above it’s seven foot flood stage.  Both the Blackstone River in Woonsocket and the Pawtuxet River in Cranston, are about half a foot above their respective flood stages, and meteorologists expect waters to continue to rise.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:47 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Scott MacKay Commentary: Time To Try Something New On Smith Hill?

After an investigation into former House Speaker Gordon Fox led to his resignation, corruption casts a pall over RI government yet again.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The stench of corruption has once again encircled the Rhode Island Statehouse. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says it may be time to try something different on Smith Hill.

Unless you have been living in one of those 1950s-era nuclear bomb shelters, or the old East Side tunnel, you’ve probably heard of the latest Statehouse scandal. The state police and federal IRS and FBI agents raided the offices of House Speaker Gordon Fox 10 days ago. The next day he abruptly resigned.

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The Bottom Line
1:50 pm
Fri March 28, 2014

The Bottom Line: How Twin River Will Compete With Gambling In MA

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 Twin River Chairman John Taylor. They discuss where Massachusetts is looking to put a slot parlor and casinos and what that means for Twin River’s bottom line.

When to Listen

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

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@ripr.org

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Artscape
4:40 am
Thu March 27, 2014

RI Music Hall Of Fame Welcomes Class Of 2014

The Rhode Island Music Hall of Fame has announced the class of 2014. There are nine inductees, who range from folk and jazz musicians to R&B to club owners. The museum located in Pawtucket's Hope Artiste Village will hold a series of events next month to induct the musicians.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch caught up with the museum’s Rick Bellaire for a few stories about these musicians from Rhode Island who made a name for themselves around the world.

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RIPR News
4:18 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

RIPR's Own Dave Fallon Honored By Rhode Island Radio Hall Of Fame

Dave Fallon giving remarks after being named to the Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame announced its class of 2014 at a ceremony  Wednesday.

Seven people, who’ve played some part in Rhode Island radio were named to the hall of fame at an event in Smithfield. The list included anchors, hosts, an engineer, and programmers.

Among them was Rhode Island Public Radio’s own afternoon host Dave Fallon, who got his start in the Ocean State forty-six years ago, on an easy listening station.

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Politics
10:08 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Giroux Kicks Off Campaign For Governor

Todd Giroux officially announced Tuesday that he’s running for governor. Giroux declared he’d run as a democrat back in October.

Giroux is a 43-year-old Woonsocket native. He’s a general contractor who specializes in historic preservation. He ran for governor in 2010 as an independent.

Giroux said he’ll be a governor who listens and responds. “We need a governor that has a steady hand on the rudder of this state,” he said. “And if we provide a commerce fund, an infrastructure fund then we have the tools that support the jobs plan.”

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General Assembly
9:25 am
Wed March 26, 2014

What The New House Speaker Means For The General Assembly

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and his family at the Statehouse.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

An incredible five days at the Rhode Island Statehouse have seen the resignation of Gordon Fox as House Speaker, and Cranston Representative Nicholas Mattiello replace him.  It is expected that many key positions in the House will be changing as well. 

Political Analyst Scott MacKay sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio host Chuck Hinman to discuss what all the changes mean for the legislative session.

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