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RI News
4:09 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Cicilline’s Public Forum On Immigration Will Highlight Scams

David Cicilline hosts a public forum with fellow congressman Luis V. Gutierrez of Illinois on President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration.
Credit RIPR FILE

Congressman David Cicilline is bringing the chair of the congressional Immigration Task Force to Rhode Island Wednesday evening to discuss the president’s executive order on immigration.  The public forum will focus on preventing residents from getting caught up in scams.

That’s been a problem since President Obama issued an executive order back in November that offers a legal reprieve to some in the country illegally and parents with children who are U.S. citizens.

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Arts & Culture
12:21 pm
Tue January 13, 2015

Full Lineup Announced For 2015 Newport Jazz Fest

The 2013 Newport Jazz Festival
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The full musical lineup is out for the 2015 Jazz Festival.  And as Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender reports, it’s the festival’s 61st anniversary.

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RI News
5:08 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Faith Leaders, Law Enforcement Pray For Peace

The Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul
Credit RIPR FILE

Faith leaders and law enforcement from across the state will gather Tuesday night to pray for peace.

After the shooting deaths of two New York policemen, and the events in Ferguson, Missouri, Rev. Robert Marciano thought it would set a tone in Rhode Island if there was a prayer for peace, for law enforcement, and for those who strive for justice.

“The power of prayer can make a difference. And coming together, getting to know each other, as well as praying together is nothing but a win-win for everyone,” said Marciano.

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RI News
2:04 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Magnitude 3.3 Earthquake Rumbles In Rhode Island

Plainfield, Connecticut, where the earthquake originated, is about 7 miles from the Rhode Island border.
Credit City of Coventry

Scientists at the Weston Observatory say a magnitude 3.3 earthquake struck Plainfield, Connecticut Monday morning, about seven miles from the Rhode Island border.  It was one of five smaller earthquakes in the area.

The Eastern Connecticut region is experiencing what’s called a swarm; that’s when several earthquakes hit a small area in a short succession.  Just last week, a 2.0 quake hit the same spot.  Weston Observatory senior scientist John Ebel said the area is likely seeing something referred to as a “swarm.”

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RI News
1:53 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Gas Prices Continue To Fall in RI, MA & CT

For the 19th week in a row, gas prices have dropped in Rhode Island. The average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is at $2.30. That’s a dime cheaper than it was a week ago and 45 cents lower than this time last month.

AAA of Southern New England finds Massachusetts drivers are seeing lower prices at the pump as well, with prices falling 11 cents in the past week, putting the average gallon of regular unleaded at $2.25.

Connecticut drivers are still paying more than their Rhode Island neighbors with the average gallon at $2.47.

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Arts & Culture
4:20 pm
Sun January 11, 2015

Fighting To Save The Historic Cranston Street Armory In Providence

A postcard featuring the armory, from state archives.

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza held his inaugural celebration this past Monday night at the Cranston Street Armory, an enormous castle of yellow brick whose turrets rise majestically and a bit improbably over the West End neighborhood where it sits. 

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Weather
8:56 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Frigid Weather Persists Across Rhode Island

Things are a bit warmer Friday compared to the single digit temperatures of the past several days. 

The National Weather Service predicts temperatures will hover in the low thirties today, before dipping back into the teens overnight. Bill Simpson is spokesman for the National Weather Service. “We’re still gonna continue to be cold, tomorrow’s lows in the lower teens, and the highs in the mid-twenties, so we’re still going to be running a good eight to ten degrees below normal through the weekend,” said Simpson.

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Weather
9:55 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Frigid Temps Sweep Across Rhode Island

Though we’re not breaking any records, temperatures are well below freezing in Rhode Island.  

    

Thermometers are barely climbing out of the single digits across the state.  The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory. The chill predicted to drop to twenty below.  Meteorologist Alan Dunham said that dangerously low.  “Well whenever you get wind chill temperatures this cold, you can start getting frostbite in only thirty minutes, with wind chill temperatures twenty degrees below zero,” said Dunham.  

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Arts & Culture
9:26 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Newport Folk Festival Tickets Go On Sale Thursday

Crowd at Newport Folk Festival
Credit Weekly Dig / Wikimedia Commons

Tickets for the Newport Folk Festival go on sale at 10 o’clock Thursday morning.  The music lineup has yet to be announced.

That’s been the norm for the past several years, but it hasn’t stopped the festival from selling thousands of tickets.   Last year, for the first time in its history, the complete three-day festival completely sold out.  Three-day, two-day, and single passes will all go on sale.  Ten percent of the three-day passes will be available at a special ‘early-bird rate.’

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Arts & Culture
1:01 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Official Portrait of Chafee Shows Somber Governor Looking Into The Distance

The official portrait of former Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
Credit Cade Tompkins Projects

Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee said he likes his official portrait. An image of the painting was released online, but the artist has yet to officially present it to the state.

The painting shows a somber Chafee in a jacket and tie looking off to the side against a dark background. Chafee said he and artist Julie Gearan met about four times, she took picture of him, and they looked at other portraits from across the country.

“Well the main thing I said to the artist is just something different from the many that are up there,” said Chafee.

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