Rhode Island

RI News
9:26 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Gas Prices Continue To Sink In RI & MA Ahead Of Holiday

Gas prices continue to drop at the pump ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. A gallon of regular unleaded is down another three cents from last week.

That puts the average price at $2.95 a gallon. Twenty cents lower than a month ago, but still higher than the national average. Massachusetts drivers are seeing prices drop there as well to $2.87 a gallon. Nationally prices are down nearly 90-cents since May.  Trilby Lundberg studies the industry, she says lower crude oil prices, an abundant oil supply and the rising value of the U.S. dollar are behind the lower prices at the pump.

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Arts & Culture
9:07 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Early Wave Of Jazz Festival Tickets Go On Sale

Newport Jazz Fest, 2013
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Tickets the Newport Jazz Festival’s Friday shows go on sale at ten o’clock this morning.  It’s the 61st anniversary of the festival.

The Friday concert was added for the jazz festival’s 60th anniversary last year.  Festival organizers decided to offer it again this year.  The lineup will focus on emerging artists and new jazz styles.  Performers include Grammy winner Snarky Puppy, a thirteen piece jazz fusion group, who made their festival debut last year. 

The Friday concerts will be held at Fort Adams State Park in Newport.  The tickets cost $40, and $20 for students.

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Bob Kerr Essay
2:43 am
Tue November 25, 2014

Bob Kerr: I’m Thankful For People Who Stop And Help Others

In late August, the power was shut off at the River United Methodist Church. The church, in the heart of downtown Woonsocket, was about a thousand bucks in arrears on its electric bill.  The guy from National Grid apologized for doing what he had to do.

Church members, who specialize in doing a whole lot with very little, scrambled to do what they always do.   They took food from freezers and refrigerators and headed to a nearby park to feed hungry people. 

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RI News
6:35 am
Sat November 22, 2014

What Obama’s Immigration Actions Mean For Undocumented Rhode Islanders

There’s reaction from across the nation to president Obama’s executive action making sweeping changes to the immigration system.  Here in Rhode Island the leader of House republicans, Brian Newberry said the president’s actions show disrespect for the law.

There are an estimated 35,000 undocumented residents living in the state. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with immigration attorney Roberto Gonzalez to discuss how the president’s actions will change lives here.

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The Bottom Line
4:43 pm
Fri November 21, 2014

The Bottom Line: What It Took To Lure NCAA Basketball To Providence

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week, John Gibbons, executive director of the Rhode Island Sports Commission, visits the program to discuss what it takes to bring college hoops to the Ocean State and the economic impact.

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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Immigration
9:55 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Rhode Islanders React To President Obama's Executive Immigration Orders

The U.S. Capitol
Credit U.S. Capitol

Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is reacting to President Barack Obama’s executive order on immigration.  In a speech Thursday, the President outlined a plan that could protect some 5 million people in the country illegally from deportation.

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RI News
9:22 am
Fri November 21, 2014

"Operation Holiday Cheer" Sending Hundreds Of Care Pacakges To Overseas Troops

Lieutenant Government Elizabeth Roberts is hosting a care package drive this weekend to support Rhode Island soldiers. The initiative “Operation Holiday Cheer” is sending 350 care packages to soldiers serving overseas this holiday season.  Anyone can bring donations to the Rhode Island National Guard Armory this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Spokesperson Maria Tocco said donations of simple things like powdered drink mix, coffee syrup, beef jerky, and batteries are received with gratitude by the troops.

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Economy
9:09 am
Fri November 21, 2014

Rhode Island's Unemployment Rate Dipped, Just Slightly, In October

Rhode Island's unemployment rate consistently remains one of the highest in the nation.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate edged down slightly in October to 7.4 percent.  It’s a number that has consistently dropped over the last 15 months.

October’s jobless rate is the lowest it’s been since April of 2008. But still the state lost 2600 jobs. The Department of Labor and Training finds Rhode Island’s 7.4 percent unemployment rate higher than the national rate of 5-point-8 percent but lower than the 9.4 percent jobless rate a year ago.

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RI News
3:34 pm
Thu November 20, 2014

National Grid Seeking Nearly 24 % Rate Hike For RI Customers

National Grid is asking the state’s public utilities commission to clear the way for a nearly 24 percent rate hike. The utility estimates that will add nearly $21 to the average residential customer bill.

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Politics
9:18 am
Thu November 20, 2014

House Finance Committee To Review State Budget

The House Finance Committee will review the state budget Thursday.
Credit RIPR FILE

The House Finance Committee is slated to meet Thursday to review the condition of state budget. The state will face a deficit for the next fiscal year.

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