Rhode Island

Transportation
4:06 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Amtrak Slows Trains along Entire Northeast Corridor

Rail temperatures exceeding 120 degrees have forced Amtrak to slow down trains along the Northeast Corridor.
Credit file / RIPR

In a rare move, Amtrak has slowed down trains along the Northeast Corridor due to the heat. Amtrak trains travel at speeds reaching more than 100 mph, but on Thursday they’re going about 60mph.

Sensors along the track show rail temperatures at more than 120 degrees. And Amtrak spokesman Cliff Cole said those hot rails pose safety concerns. “They can under some rare circumstances expand. So the thought process behind any restriction in speed is to have the trains going at a lower than normal speed to make it less problematic in case there were an issue with the track,” said Cole.

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RI Economy
4:01 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

RI Unemployment Rate: Not Falling, but Not Climbing Either

Rhode Island unemployment rate held steady in June.
Credit file / RIPR

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate remained flat in June at 8.9 percent. Progress made in reducing the jobless rate in the first quarter of the year seems to have stalled.

The news was great in the first quarter of the year.  Rhode Island’s unemployment rate fell from 9.8 percent in January to 9.4 percent in February, to 9.1 percent in March.  In April, it fell to 8.8 percent. That’s about where it has remained ever since.

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Health Care
1:50 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Dozens of Organizations Come Together to Focus on Autism in RI

A collaborative effort to research and treat autism is rolling out in Rhode Island. This new consortium includes universities, hospitals and state agencies.

The Rhode Island Consortium for Autism Research and Treatment, or RI-CART, brings doctors researchers and educators together to advance autism research and put a spotlight on the disorder. Dozens of organizations are involved, including Bradley Hospital, Brown University and the Rhode Island Department of Education.

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Business
4:14 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

CVS and Others Ban Rolling Stone Featuring Boston Bombing Suspect on Cover

The August issue of Rolling Stone magazine is having some circulation problems because of the man on its cover.

CVS, Walgreen’s and Tedeschi Food Stores are refusing to sell the August issue of Rolling Stone magazine because the cover features a picture of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev. 

The Woonsocket-based CVS issued a statement saying, in part, “As a company with deep roots in New England and a strong presence in Boston, we believe this is the right decision out of respect for the victims of the attack and their loved ones. “

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RI News
4:00 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Police Arrest Two Suspects in Murder of 12-year-old Providence Girl

Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements announces the arrest of two suspects in the murder of 12-year-old girl.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Two suspects have been charged in the murder of a 12-year-old Providence girl. Police say 21-year-old Branden Castro and 20-year-old Ricardo Vasquez have been charged with murder, conspiracy to murder and other felony charges.

12-year-old Aynis Vargas was shot and killed at a party last month in the Hartford Avenue housing development. Three women were also injured.

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RI News
1:47 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Hundreds Wait For Free Cake and A Chance to Meet Celebrity Chef

Let them eat cake: hundreds line up to receive one of 10,000 free cakes, and a chance to meet the "Cake Boss."
Credit John Bender / RIPR

Despite a hot weather advisory people lined up outside in downtown Providence for free cake and and the chance to spot a celebrity chef.

Ten Thousand.  That is the number of cakes that were handed out for free Wednesday near Kennedy Plaza in Providence.  The bright yellow cakes were part of a collaboration between the store BJ’s and celebrity chef Buddy Valastro.

The giveaway was in celebration of the one year anniversary of the collaboration.

Valastro, a New Jersey pastry chef, became famous thanks to his reality show Cake Boss on TLC.

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RI News
12:08 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

East Greenwich Officer Charged With Assault on Man in Custody

State police report an East Greenwich police officer has been arrested on charges of using excessive force on a man who was in custody.

State police said East Greenwich police Lt. Paul Nahrgang had a confrontation with a prisoner, then lunged at him and grabbed him around the neck. Nahrgang alerted East Greenwich police Chief Thomas Coyle about the incident. Coyle viewed the incident on surveillance tape and then alerted state police.

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Politics
10:08 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Gov. Chafee Vetoes "Choose Life" License Plates

Rhode Island will not be joining 29 other states that offer anti-abortion license plates.  Gov. Lincoln Chafee vetoed legislation Tuesday that would have created the plates, calling it an inappropriate use of state funding.

Proceeds from the $40 license plates would have gone to a Christian pregnancy clinic called CareNet, where women are advised against getting abortions.  Supporters point out that Massachusetts and Connecticut offer similar plates.

State lawmakers approved the bill, but a three fifths majority is needed to override the governor's veto.

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Education
4:02 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

RI Watchdog Group Urges Gov. to Pull Higher Education Commissioner Nominee Mancuso

Common Cause RI is urging the governor to pull the nomination of Eva-Marie Mancuso as interim higher education commissioner.
Credit file / RIPR

Common Cause Rhode Island is urging Gov. Lincoln Chafee to withdraw his nominee for interim higher education commissioner. The governor has tapped the chair of the Board of Education for a job overseen by the board she leads.

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Affordable Care Act
3:20 pm
Mon July 15, 2013

RI Rolls Out Details of its Health Insurance Exchange

Gov. Lincoln Chafee looks on as Congressman Jim Langevin talks about the importance of health insurance at the HealthSource RI ribbon cutting.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange has a new name, a new logo and is looking to hire dozens of people. 

From here on out, Rhode Island’s Health Benefits Exchange will be known as HealthSource RI, and it’s looking to hire 50 to 75 people to sign folks up for health insurance, starting in October.

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