Rhode Island

Artscape
8:44 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Artscape: Opera Star Calls Rhode Island Home

Opera star John Reylea lives in Lincoln, Rhode Island.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

John Reylea is an internationally renowned opera star.

The bass singer has performed and recorded with many orchestras and companies including Metropolitan Opera in New York and the Boston Symphony.

Reylea hails from Canada, but now calls Rhode Island his home.

For this month’s Artscape, Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender sat down with the opera star, to talk about his career and what brought him to the ocean state.

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Business
4:31 am
Thu December 26, 2013

Training For A Job In The Marine Trades Industry

The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association says the average salary is $46,000 for a marine industry worker.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Islanders looking to get into the marine trades industry can apply for a free training program. Every graduate from the last round of training landed a job.

 The Rhode Island Marine Trades Association held its first round of training over the summer, and every graduate found a job within 30 days of graduation. So the trade association is doing it again, offering a free, full-time, five-and-a-half-week course.

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Environment
3:02 pm
Tue December 24, 2013

Repurposing, Recycling Old Clothes Cuts Carbon Footprint

One way to reduce your carbon footprint is to donate or repurpose your old clothes and other rags. Textile recycling has a greater impact on reducing greenhouse gas emissions than you might think.

Representatives with the nonprofit Secondary Materials and Recycled Textiles said clothing and textiles are not typically considered recyclable products. But they estimate 95 percent of all clothing and other household textiles can be recycled and repurposed, as long as they are clean and dry.

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Economy
9:10 am
Tue December 24, 2013

Target Security Breach Doesn't Keep Local Shoppers Away

Target at the Warwick Mall in Rhode Island, just days before Christmas.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Big box store Target announced last week that a security breach exposed the credit and debit card information of some 40 million customers.

But asthe hours ticked down toward Christmas that didn’t keep Ocean state shoppers away.

With less than 48 hours to go before Christmas morning, a steady stream of customers moved in and out of the Target store at the Warwick Mall.

Many customers seemed unfazed or unworried by the security breach, and most continued to use their credit and debit cards.

Fred and Helen Butts were among many holiday shoppers.

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Economy
9:06 am
Tue December 24, 2013

A Good Year For Rhode Island's Christmas Tree Growers

Rhode Island's Christmas tree industry is doing better than most of the country.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Rhode Island Christmas tree growers are reporting a profitable year.

There are about 50 Christmas tree growers in Rhode Island.

Eric Wat  ne, president of the Rhode Island Christmas Tree Growers Association said it was his best year ever, with sales rising 20 percent over last year.

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RI News
12:20 pm
Mon December 23, 2013

Gas Prices Jump A Penny in RI & MA

AAA urges drivers in Rhode Island to shop around as the range for a gallon of regular unleaded is about a quarter.
Credit file / RIPR

Gas prices are up a penny from last week in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts. Drivers have seen gas prices climb by 9 cents over the last month in both the Ocean State and the Bay State, that’s according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.

In Rhode Island, the average price for a gallon of regular unleaded is $3.52. It’s cheaper in Mass, at $3.44 a gallon. AAA urges drivers in both Rhode Island and Massachusetts to shop around, since the range in gas prices is about a quarter.

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Weather
9:44 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Rhode Islanders Can't Rely On A White Christmas

Rhode Island has already seen a little snow this season, but that doesn't mean we'll see a White Christmas.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island set a record high temperature yesterday when the mercury hit 63 at T.F. Green Airport. The previous record was 61 set in 1990.

The unusually warm weather wiped away most of the snow on the ground.

So how often Rhode Island gets a white Christmas?

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RI News
9:17 am
Mon December 23, 2013

How Rhode Island Is Spending Its $500M Google Settlement

It’s been almost two years since five Rhode Island law enforcement agencies received a financial windfall from the Google settlement. Google was forced to pay a $500 million fine for illegally selling drugs to Americans without a prescription.  About half of the money was returned to the Rhode Island law enforcement agencies that investigated and tried the case.  How the three largest recipients are spending the money.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
9:01 am
Mon December 23, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: A Commercial Christmas Can Help The State's Economy

The 2013 Christmas tree at the Rhode Island Statehouse.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The hours are dwindling to Christmas and the annual shopping frenzy is on.

Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay says we should shop local to support the Rhode Island the Rhode Island economy, and details what Congress can do to help.

Scott MacKay’s commentary can be heard at 6:35 and 8:35 every Monday on Morning Edition and at 5:50 on All Things Considered. You can also follow his political reporting and analysis at our ‘On Politics’ blog at ripr.org.

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The Bottom Line
3:05 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

The Bottom Line: What Every Small Biz Needs to Know About HealthSource RI

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment we're calling "The Bottom Line." Each Friday they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with HealthSource RI Director Christine Ferguson. They take a look at the response of small businesses in the state to the new health insurance marketplace and separating Rhode Island’s health exchange from the problems at the federal level.

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