Rhode Island

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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Affordable Care Act
4:42 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

HealthSource RI Rolls Out Health Insurance Exchange Rates

The state-run health insurance exchange has released rates on the 28 plans it will offer residents and small businesses.

The exchange, known as HealthSource RI, offers a dozen plans to individuals and families. Three insurers are providing the coverage that range in price depending on a person’s age and whether they want a “gold” “silver” or “bronze” plan. The assumption is that younger people are healthier so if a 21-year-old and a 45-year-old want the same “gold” plan, the 45-year-old is going to pay $126 more in monthly premiums.

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RI News
4:02 pm
Tue August 20, 2013

Supreme Court Justice Pulls Back the Curtain on How the Court Works

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan visits Rhode Island and spills some secrets about how the court works.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan offered rare behind-the-court insights Tuesday at a forum celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Rhode Island royal charter.

It’s hard to manage getting by these days without using email, but the Supreme Court of the United States does just fine without it, said Justice Elena Kagan. Speaking to about 500 people at Trinity Repertory Theatre, Kagan said they type everything on paper and have couriers deliver it.

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