Rhode Island

Environment
3:49 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Deepwater Wind Pulls Application for Cable Connecting Wind Farm to Narragansett

Deepwater Wind had been planning to run a cable connecting its Block Island offshore wind farm to Narragansett's Town Beach.
Credit file / RIPR

Deepwater Wind is looking for a new location to connect its offshore wind farm to the mainland. The original plan was to run a line from its Block Island wind farm to Narragansett’s Town Beach.

Residents complained about the plan, and the town council voted to suspend talks with Deepwater back in May. Deepwater Wind insisted that the lines would be buried ten feet underground. After meeting with residents back in June, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski withdrew an application request on Friday.

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RI News
1:01 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Video: Father and Son Rescued in RI Swamp

A Coast Guard helicopter crew assists in the rescue of a father and son who went missing on a rafting trip.
Credit US Coast Guard

The search is over for a father and son who went missing overnight during a rafting trip. Darin Pierce and his 12-year-old son, Logan, of South Kingston have been found safe.

The two were on a rafting trip Sunday on the Chipuxet River in South County. Pierce’s wife called police after she hadn’t heard from them in almost five hours.

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Transportation
12:06 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

After Steady Climb, Gas Prices Dip Slightly in RI & MA

Drivers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will find gas prices a bit lower. The slight dip comes after a steady climb for the last month at the pumps.

A gallon for regular unleaded is down three cents this week, according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.

The average gallon in Rhode Island is at $3.77, that’s much higher than the national average. And it’s almost a dime more than drivers in Massachusetts are paying. Bay State drivers are paying an average $3.69 a gallon for regular unleaded. That’s down two cents from last week.

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RI News
8:43 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Community Health Centers Push to Educate Public on the Health Insurance Exchange

Though opening in just a few months, many Rhode Islanders are still uninformed about health insurance exchange.
Credit RIPR FILE

Rhode Island’s community health centers are kicking off a push Monday to educate their patients about the upcoming health insurance exchange. The entire congressional delegation is helping out.

Last year nearly 135,000 Rhode Islanders visited a community health center, and 32 percent of them lacked insurance coverage. Jane Hayward, CEO of the Rhode Island Health Center Association, said that’s why community health centers will play a key role in educating uninsured Rhode Islanders about their options on the state’s new insurance exchange which will be up and running October 1st.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
8:27 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Little Rhody's Big Image Problem

What's right about Rhode Island, asks Scott MacKay, what about the great restaurants, fresh lobster and miles of beautiful coastline.
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Once again, Rhode Island has embarked on an advertising campaign to raise our state’s flagging self-esteem. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says it’s time for us to stop running down our tiny corner of New England.

Back in 1996, when Jack Reed was running his first U.S. Senate campaign, Texas Gov. Ann Richards came to Newport to speak at a Reed fund-raiser. The tart-tongued Texan introduced the vertically-challenged Rhode Island Democrat by saying to prolonged laughter that Reed is proof ``that size doesn’t matter.’’

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RI News
1:44 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Governor’s Office Wants To Hear From Rhode Islanders

Gov. Lincoln Chafee will host public forums to hear from residents; he is expected to face a tough reelection in 2014.
Credit RIPR FILE

The governor’s office is asking you, the public, about what it’s like to live and work in the Ocean State. Residents are being asked to speak their minds at a series of public forums this week.

The forums are part of an initiative out of the governor’s office called RhodeMap RI. It’s a project analyzing the state’s business climate and economic competitiveness. The goal is to travel across the state, listen to residents about what it’s like to get job, buy a home and get an education in the state, then use that feedback to develop policy.

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The Bottom Line
3:09 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

The Bottom Line: Same-Sex Weddings in Newport

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 Discover Newport President and CEO Evan Smith. They discuss the impact same-sex marriage will have on Newport as a wedding and tourist destination and what’s being done to lure this new market.

When to Listen

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

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RI News
12:44 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

CVS Caremark Settles With The SEC for $20M

CVS Caremark has entered into a settlement with the Securities and Exchange Commission.  The settlement ends a three year investigation.


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Education
12:22 pm
Fri August 2, 2013

RI ACLU Sues Board of Education to Open Up a Closed Retreat

Board of Education Chairwoman Eva-Marie Mancuso said closed retreats were common on the now defunct higher education board.
Credit file / RIPR

The Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit to keep the state’s Board of Education from holding a retreat that’s closed to the public.

The upcoming retreat will feature presentations on high stakes testing. It will be closed to both the media and the public. Rhode Island ACLU chapter executive director Steve Brown said that undermines the state’s open meetings laws.

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RI News
8:54 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Raimondo Finishes Quarter With $2M In Political War Chest

Gina Raimondo finds herself with over $2 million in political funds, but has yet to announce whether she will run for Governor in 2014.
Credit RIPR FILE

Thanks to contributions during the quarter that ended June 30th, state Treasurer Gina Raimondo has a campaign war chest of more than 2 million dollars.  Raimondo is among three Democrats expected to run for governor next year.

Raimondo continued her pacesetting fundraising by collecting just under 400-thousand dollars during the most recent quarter. Her 2 million dollar-plus war chest is thought to be a Rhode Island record for a candidate yet to announce a gubernatorial campaign.

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