Rhode Island

RI News
2:38 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Search Continues for Missing URI Student

There is still no word from a University of Rhode Island student who’s been missing since Thursday.

21-year-old Matthew Royer was last seen leaving his apartment in Rhode Island on Thursday, he was heading back home to southeastern PA where he was supposed to start a job on Friday.

URI officials say the university reached out to Royer’s family on Saturday.

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RI News
12:00 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

PawSox Can't Pull It Off Against Indianapolis

The PawSox play Indy again Tuesday at McCoy Stadium.
Credit Don Borman / RIPR

The PawSox gave it up to the Indianapolis Indians 8 - 4 Monday at McCoy stadium.  Jerry Sands batted a grand slam in the first inning of the game giving the Indians a big lead while making it tough for the PawSox to comeback throughout the game. 

PawSox Manger Gary DiSarcina has a few words to say applied towards improvement for the last game against Indy Tuesday.  "Pitch a little bit better, our defense has been solid, run the bases good," said DiSarcina, "and like I said be a little more clutch at the plate."

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RI News
10:31 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

PawSox Come Out On Top

The Pawsox beat the Indianapolis Indians 11 – 3.  That’s thanks to the PawSox defense and Allen Webster’s pitching in the first 5 innings.  Webster struck out 6 batters in a row with the 7th following later.  PawSox manager Gary Disarcina says Webster was great however there is still room for improvement.

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The Bottom Line
2:30 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

The Bottom Line: The Effects of an Internet Sales Tax

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 discuss the proposed Internet tax in Congress and implications for state revenue, sales tax, and brick-and-mortar stores.

When to Listen

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

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Rhode Island Economy
3:55 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

RI Unemployment Rate Drops to 8.8 Percent

Rhode Island's unemployment rate spent more than three years in double digits.

Rhode Island’s unemployment rate took a healthy drop in April.  But the state is still a long way from restoring all the jobs lost to the recession.

Rhode Island’s April unemployment rate was 8.8 percent. That’s three tenths of one percent lower than in March and the lowest rate in four-and-a-half years.  Charles Fogarty, director of the state Department of Labor and Training, attributes the decline to increased consumer confidence.

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RI News
3:49 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Hop On Your Bike For National Bike To Work Day

Providence is among the cities that will observe National Bike to Work Day Friday.  A gathering at Burnside Park 8:00am Friday will include members of the Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition and will also include Mayor Angel Taveras.  The event is to show how biking is a healthy commute to work, said Matt Moritz the president of the Rhode Island Biking Coalition.

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RI News
2:36 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

RI State Police Remember Those Who Died in the Line of Duty

Rhode Island State Police paused Thursday to remember the fallen.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

As the Rhode Island State Police took a moment to remember those who died in the line of duty, they also paused to honor trooper Roupen Bastajian who rushed to help survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings.

Every year, Rhode Island state police gather to remember the seven troopers killed in the line of duty since the agency was founded in 1925.  But this year, a trooper who’s very much alive was honored as well. Trooper Roupen Bastajian received the State Police service ribbon for aide he rendered at the Boston Marathon bombings.

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Environment
2:32 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Westerly Starts Spraying for Mosquitos

Westerly residents may be awakened to the sounds of helicopters overhead Thursday morning.  Continuing a practice begun in 1997, the town of Westerly is conducting aerial spraying against mosquitos.

The targeted areas are portions of Chapman Swamp and the swamp area adjacent to Hespar Drive.

The town uses Bti, a naturally occurring bacterium which prevents larval mosquitoes from developing into adults.  The state Department of Environmental Management says it safe to humans and the environment.

Spraying begins Thursday at 7:00am and continues through 2:00pm.

Brown University
2:28 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Former Brown President Simmons Honored by French Government

Former Brown University president Ruth Simmons is being honored by the French government for her contributions to the advancement of French arts and culture.

Brown has been named Chevalier in the French National Order of the Legion of Honor.  The award is the highest decoration offered by the French government.

Simmons is not only fluent in French but has written about French-speaking authors and poets.

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RI News
3:00 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

RIPTA Making It Easier For PawSox Fans On Sundays

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is trying something new to make it easier for PawSox fans to get to McCoy Stadium.   

For Sunday Home Games beginning May 19th, fans may be picked up at Kennedy Plaza in downtown Providence for the games.  Regular one way fare is $2.00 and a total of $4.00 for a round trip.  Fans may also buy regular monthly passes for $62.00.  Twenty Minutes after the game, fans are able to catch a ride back to Kennedy plaza.  RIPTA and the PawSox plan to continue to promote the service to fans during each game. 

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