Rhode Island

Transportation
12:34 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

RI Turnpike Authority: Toll Freeze Could Violate Promises Made in Bonds

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority says it’s worried that a toll freeze on the Sakonnet River Bridge may violate promises the authority made in previous bond sales.

When the Turnpike and Bridge Authority put bonds up for sale, it made a promise to bond buyers that it would not take on assets that didn’t come with a revenue stream. That way, says Chairman David Darlington, the authority doesn’t get loaded down with bridges it can pay for. He says delaying tolls on the Sakonnet Bridge puts the Turnpike and Bridge Authority in conflict with those promises.

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RI News
3:56 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

New Life Could Come to "Dynamo House" in Providence

New life is coming to the old "Dynamo House" that's sat empty in downtown Providence for 13 years.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The old South Street power station in Providence’s jewelry district has been vacant for well over a decade. But it’s about to get a facelift and a new life in the state’s higher education system.

Brown University has announced plans to re-develop the century-old South Street power station, also known as the Dynamo House, into a shared nursing education center and administrative offices.  The nursing center will be part of the joint nursing school run by the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. The administrative offices will be used by Brown. 

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Politics
2:19 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

RI Reactions to SCOTUS Decision on DOMA

Congressman David Cicilline is calling this a good day for equality, reacting to news of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision striking down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples.

“No longer will people be discriminated against because of who they love,” said Cicilline, “and all marriages will be respected and people will be treated equally under the law. That’s a great victory.”

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RI News
2:27 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Artwork Coming to RIPTA Shelters

The City of Providence is teaming with Rhode Island Public Transit Authority to spruce up 17 bus shelters along 2 major bus routes.  City art, tourism and planning officials will search for artists and artist groups with experience in public art design. 

Artists are asked to generate concepts based on North Main Street’s history or Broad Street’s multicultural heritage.  Besides these renovations, the city states that the “artwork will reflect the unique characteristics of the neighborhoods along each route.”

Politics
12:23 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Gov. Chafee Shrugs off Bloomberg Fundraiser for Treasurer Raimondo

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg came to Providence to stump for Chafee during the 2010 governor's race.
Credit file / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is shrugging off news that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is holding a fundraiser this week for state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Bloomberg stumped for Chafee in the 2010 governor’s race calling him one of the nation’s most effective leaders. Channel 12 reports that Bloomberg is hosting a fundraiser Thursday for treasurer Gina Raimondo, who is expected to run for governor. 

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RI News
1:19 am
Tue June 18, 2013

PUC Will Hear From Public on Providence Water Rate Hike Request

The Providence Water Supply Board wants to raise rates by 24 percent for city residents and 32 percent to wholesalers.
Credit file / RIPR

The public is invited to comment Tuesday on a proposed rate increase by the Providence Water Supply Board. Because Providence sells its water to other municipalities, the rate increase would affect residents in nearly 60 percent of the state.

It’s the first rate hike in four years, and for city residents it means a 24 percent increase. The water board says that’s an additional $6.00 for the average customer.

For the cities of Warwick and East Providence, and for the Kent County and Bristol County water authorities, rates would go up 32 percent.

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Transportation
1:28 pm
Mon June 17, 2013

RI Gas Prices Hold Steady for Third Week in a Row

Drivers in Rhode Island are paying an average $3.59 for a gallon of unleaded.
Credit file / RIPR

For the third week in a row, gas prices remained unchanged in the Ocean State. Drivers are seeing prices holding steady at $3.59 a gallon for regular unleaded, according to the latest survey from AAA Southern New England.

That’s up two cents from how much a gallon of gas cost Rhode Island drivers last month. And it’s almost a dime more than drivers in Massachusetts are paying.

Bay State drivers are paying an average $3.50 a gallon for regular unleaded. That’s up a penny from last week.

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RI News
3:20 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Rivers Rising Across Rhode Island

All eyes are on the Pawtuxet and Pawcatuck rivers as they are expected to rise even higher Friday night. The Blackstone River is also rising.

Two inches of rain fell between Thursday and Friday morning, according to the National Weather Service. It came in what was already a soggy week in Rhode Island. All the rain has pushed the Pawtuxet River to more than a foot above flood stage. The National Weather Service expects it to crest at 11 feet and remain high through Saturday night.

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RI News
1:00 pm
Fri June 14, 2013

Hockey Fans will Hear Rhode Islander During Stanley Cup Finals at TD Garden

When the Bruins host the Chicago Blackhawks for games three and four of the Stanley Cup finals, a voice from Rhode Island will be part of the games.

When Jim Martin’s working his day job, he’s the spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Providence. But during hockey season, his night job is being the public address announcer for TD Garden in Boston. Martin’s been announcing there for almost 20 years. Two years ago, he announced in his first Stanley Cup game.

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Trinity Rep
7:30 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

The Trick of Putting on Two Plays at Once

Phyllis Kay and Fred Sullivan, Jr. , Barbara Meek and Anne Scurria in House & Garden by Alan Ayckbourn.
Credit Mark Turek / Trinity Rep

At Trinity Rep these nights 14 professional actors and half as many kids are romping and stomping, racing and rushing from the upstairs Chace Theater to the downstairs Dowling Theater. And this is no exercise program. It’s actually the simultaneous performance of two separate plays by a single cast.

They fly from one play to another, changing costumes and characters all night long.

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