Rhode Island

Scott MacKay Commentary
8:38 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Scott MacKay Commentary: The Future Of RI's Tea Party

Is it twilight for The Tea Party in Rhode Island?
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What is the Tea Party’s future in Rhode Island Republican politics? Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst Scott MacKay talks tea about two announced GOP candidates for governor.

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

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The Bottom Line
3:55 pm
Fri November 8, 2013

The Bottom Line: RI Transportation Funding Faces An Uncertain Future

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 Department of Transportation Director Michael Lewis. They not only discuss why ridership is light on the commuter rail line south of Providence. Director Lewis also talks about the federal highway trust that’s expected to run dry by next year. It’s the state’s only source of transportation funding.

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Environment
8:52 am
Fri November 8, 2013

RI DEM Announces Plans To Cut Down Exploding Deer Population

The population of Virginia White-tailed deer has exploded on Block Island. Now officials must cull the population by hiring sharp-shooters.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The state Department of Environmental Management has announced plans to cull the population of Virginia white-tailed deer on Block Island.

The density of white-tailed deer on Block Island is estimated at 80 to 100 per square mile.  That’s eight to ten times the desirable level so the state Department of Environmental Management has decided to cull the herd.

The DEM’s Catherine Sparks says they’ll hire professional sharp shooters to kill some of the deer early next year.

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RI News
1:44 pm
Thu November 7, 2013

Central Falls Police: Drug Sweep Has Reduced Violence In The City

Rhode Island State Police Steven O'Donnell along with Central Falls Police Chief James Mendonca and Mayor James Diossa announce the results of a recent drug bust.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

A four-month long investigation has resulted in the arrests of nearly three dozen accused drug dealers. The investigation targeted narcotics activity in Central Falls.

Starting in June Central Falls police noticed an uptick in shootings. They suspected it was drug related so they called in the state police to help them out.  The result was the arrests of 35 individuals over a four month period and the seizure of a sizable collection of illegal drugs, said Rhode Island State Police Superintendent Steven O’Donnell.

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RI News
2:29 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Last RI National Guard Member To Serve In Vietnam Retires

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The last Rhode Island National Guardsman who first served in Vietnam has retired. Cpt. Richard Gaudet has been serving his country on and off for more than 40 years.

Now retired, U.S. Army Captain Richard Gaudet first joined the Army as a 17-year-old, that was in 1971. He was part of an aviation support unit in Vietnam. He then joined the Army Reserves, then after 9-11 he re-enlisted working as a training instructor with two deployments to Afghanistan. Gaudet turns 60 soon, the age mandatory retirement kicks in.

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Politics
9:41 am
Wed November 6, 2013

New Policy Would Crack Down On Prostitution In Providence

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras' wants to implement a one strike policy closing strip clubs that have a single instance of prostitution.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras wants to use a one-strike policy to close strip clubs that permit a single instance of prostitution or hiring underage strippers.  This comes after police found that a 14-year-old girl working at Cheaters was soliciting for sex at the club.

Taveras’ spokesman, David Ortiz, says the mayor was disappointed by how the Providence Board of Licenses recently fined Cheaters 5000 dollars and suspended its license for 45 days. Ortiz said Taveras supports using any permissible legal means to keep Cheaters closed.

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Politics
8:59 am
Wed November 6, 2013

Woonsocket Residents Vote For Change

Woonsocket City Hall
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In Woonsocket, voters have chosen a new mayor.

They voted by a more than 2-1 margin to elect  State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt, ousting incumbent mayor Leo Fontaine.

Baldelli-Hunt will take the reins of a city that severely raised property taxes to avoid bankruptcy.  Like many residents, voter Farid Latash said the city's financial problems are frustrating.

"Big problem with the taxes.  Nobody working.  Nobody got no money.  They keep raising taxes, raising everything.  That's about it," said Latash.

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Theater Reviews
4:10 am
Wed November 6, 2013

2nd Story’s “Sons of the Prophet” Doesn’t Shy Away From Anything

Vince Petronio, Nathan Goncalves, Andrew Iacovelli, Jed Hancock-Brainerd, Paula Faber star in 2nd Story Theatre's "Sons of the Prophet."
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

“Sons of the Prophet” comes to Rhode Island with a pretty darn good reputation. Brown University graduate Stephan Karam’s play was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 2012 and did win several awards that year. It was a favorite of Manhattan’s downtown theater crowd, too.

So, what happened?

At 2nd Story this work, which the author calls “a comedy about a guy coping with chronic pain” seems pretty much weak-kneed. Its “comedy” never really clicks; its philosophy, which seems to be that coping with the unspeakable can be nourishing, doesn’t seem real, or true.

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Politics
3:28 pm
Tue November 5, 2013

Election Day In Woonsocket And Central Falls

Monsignor Gadoury Catholic School is one of 11 polling places open today in Woonsocket.
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Woonsocket election officials are expecting about a third of eligible voters to cast ballots in Tuesday’s mayoral election. State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt faces current Mayor Leo Fontaine in the municipal election, which also features races for city council.

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Politics
11:17 am
Tue November 5, 2013

Woonsocket And Central Falls Hold Local Elections

Voters head to the polls in Woonsocket and Central Falls for local elections.
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Tuesday’s Election Day in Woonsocket and Central Falls where a number of municipal offices are up for grabs.

The most hotly contested race is in Woonsocket where Mayor Leo Fontaine is fending off a challenge from State Representative Lisa Baldelli-Hunt.  She got three times as many votes as he did in the October 8th primary, turning the Mayor into an underdog.  The two have debated five times in recent weeks.

In addition to the mayoral race, Woonsocket voters will choose seven city councilors from 14 candidates.

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