Rhode Island

Politics
9:30 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Mayor Taveras Expects to Balance City Budget for FY 2013

Mayor Taveras believes Providence will balance it's budget for FY13, though the city's internal auditor says it's still too early to tell.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras says he expects the city’s budget for the last fiscal year to be balanced when the books close on it at month’s end.  Providence is still working to eliminate a small structural deficit.

Taveras inherited a 110 million dollar deficit when he took office in January 2011. Since then, the city has steadily whittled down that number. Taveras says the fiscal picture is solid as City Hall prepares to close the books for the budget year that ended June 30th.

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Arts & Culture
3:26 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Hundreds Converge on Providence to Celebrate Author HP Lovecraft

Author and Providence native HP Lovecraft will be celebrated in a four-day gathering starting Thursday.
Credit Rhode Island Historical Society

Some 1,000 fans of author HP Lovecraft are converging on Providence for a gathering starting Thursday and running through the weekend.

The event, called NecronomiCon,  is designed to celebrate the life and works of the author who crossed science fiction with horror stories.

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RIPR News
3:14 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

National Grid Urging RI Customers Not to Fall for Scam

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Rhode Islanders are still getting scammed by people claiming to be from National Grid and demanding payments. A warning issued earlier this month has failed to stop the predators.

The scammers typically call people at random and tell them they have a past due balance on their electric bill. They say they’re from National Grid and warn that service will be shut off immediately unless the customer makes an immediate payment.  By paying, people automatically give the scammers access to sensitive bank account or credit card information.

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Business
3:07 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Providence’s Old Arcade is Filling Up With New Tenants

The Arcade, built in 1828, is thought to be the oldest indoor mall in the U.S. It is currently undergoing $7 million in renovations.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The owners of the Providence Arcade, the nation’s oldest indoor shopping mall, have announced some new tenants.  They include two restaurants and a women’s clothing boutique.

The largest restaurant space in the Arcade has been rented by an eatery called Rogue Island. It will specialize in local food and beer.  Also joining the Arcade business group is Livi’s Pockets a purveyor of fast Mediterranean food.

Rounding out the list of new tenants is a shop called Nude, which will feature the women’s clothing and handbags of six New England designers.

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RI News
8:55 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Rhode Island: One of the Most Expensive Places to Own a Car

Bankrate.com finds that car ownership in Rhode Island costs $3,900 a year.
Credit file / RIPR

It costs more to own a car in Rhode Island than practically anywhere else in the country. That, according to the website Bankrate which is out with its first ever Car Cost Index.

Rhode Island has the fourth highest cost of car ownership in the country, according to Bankrate.com.  Only Georgia, California and Wyoming residents pay more for taxes, fees and insurance.

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RI News
8:41 am
Thu August 22, 2013

July Was a Good Month for Rhode Island Realtors

Rhode Island real estate agents had a good July.  Both median prices and sales are up significantly from where they were a year ago.

Sales of existing single family homes rose 22 percent from July of 2012 until this July, according to the Rhode Island Association of Realtors. During the same time frame, the median price rose four percent --  from $207,000 to $216,000.  July was the 10th straight month of increase in the median price.

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Theater Reviews
2:38 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Theatre by the Sea’s “La Cage” is a Winner

Peter Reardon (Georges) in Theatre By The Sea's production of La Cage Aux Folles.
Credit Steven Richard Photography / Theatre by the Sea

Okay, full disclosure. I have a major soft spot for “La Cage.” Ever since I was one of the many who stood and cheered at the end of the 1983 pre-Broadway tryout at Boston’s Colonial Theatre I’ve wanted “La Cage” to succeed wherever it plays.

And it’s not just the crisp score by Jerry Herman or the pungent humor of Harvey Fierstein’s lyrics. It is truly the message of becoming a decent human being and knowing who you are, and why, that’s allowed me to love “La Cage” over the years.

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RI News
3:30 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Police Rule out Foul Play in Death of Mother and 3-year-old

Warwick police suspect alcohol may have played a role in the mysterious deaths of a 39-year-old woman and her three-year-old son.

Kathleen and Ryan Frink were found dead in a parked car in Warwick Saturday.  The car was hot and there was evidence the mother had vomited.  Warwick police Captain Robert Nelson said Frink’s family reports she had a history of alcoholism.

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Affordable Care Act
2:59 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Conversation: What RI’s Health Insurance Exchange Means for Residents

Starting October 1st, Rhode Islanders can start signing up for health insurance through an online marketplace that’s a cornerstone of what’s known as Obamacare. The marketplace will offer a number of insurance plans for individuals, families and employers.  It is being run by the state, and on Tuesday the state released how much the plans will cost.

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On Politics
1:40 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

VP Biden Cancels Plan to Come to RI Because of Son's Condition

Vice President Joe Biden has canceled plans to headline a Newport fundraiser Thursday for the Democratic National Committee and to appear during a Salve Regina University event honoring Nuala Pell, the widow of the late senator Claiborne Pell.

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