Rhode Island

2014 RI Governor's Race
2:37 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Moderate Party's Ken Block Taking Hard Look at RI Gov Race

Rhode Island Moderate Party leader Ken Block is weighing a second run for governor. Block said he will announce in the not-too-distant future whether he’s in the race.

In 2010, Moderate Party founder Ken Block, with virtually no statewide name recognition, garnered 6.5 percent of the vote in the race for governor.  Block is hinting he’s going to make another gubernatorial run in 2014.

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Politics
2:28 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Gov. Chafee's Pick for EDC up for Committee Vote

Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s choice to lead the state Economic Development Corporation faces approval by a state Senate committee Tuesday. The vote comes amid debate over whether to reorganize the EDC.

Chafee’s choice, Marcel Valois led the EDC back in the 1990’s during Lincoln Almond’s tenure as governor. Valois is the vice president of an economic foundation. He was previously chief operating officer of the Penske Automotive Group.

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Trinity Rep
1:52 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Hollywood's Richard Jenkins Returning to Trinity Rep.

Hollywood actor Richard Jenkins and his wife will return to Trinity Rep next year to co-direct the musical Oliver.

Richard Jenkins is best known for his role in HBO’s Six Feet Under and the 2008 film “The Visitor.” But before he hit it big in Hollywood Jenkins and his wife Sharon were part of Trinity Rep – she was a choreographer and he was an actor and later the artistic director.

The couple will return next season to co-direct the musical “Oliver.” Trinity Rep’s artistic director Curt Columbus said audiences can expect to see a smart production.

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RI News
3:52 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

RI National Guard Members Honored for Their Service in Vietnam

Gov. Lincoln Chafee joined lawmakers as they honored Rhode Islanders who served in the Vietnam War.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Vietnam veterans were honored at a Statehouse ceremony marking the 52nd anniversary of the start of the war. One unit was singled out for recognition.

During the Vietnam War only a handful of National Guard troops were called up to serve in combat roles.  Rhode Island National Guard’s 107th Signal Company was one of them.  Warner Dauphinee of Scituate remembers the 12 month tour of duty this way:

“I didn’t want to be there. It was hot, uncomfortable,” said Dauphinee, “not a place I’d ever vacation that’s for sure.”

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Business
3:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

RI Hands Out $60K in Workforce Training Grants

Twenty businesses in Rhode Island received grants from the state to help pay for employee training.

The Governor’s Workforce Board doled out $60,000 worth of matching grants to help businesses pay for training. Employers can either match the $5,000 grants or provide an approved internship to cut their match in half.

This round of grants will help pay for training in such areas as medical billing, software training and welding technology. The governor calls the grants ideal for small businesses.

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The Bottom Line
4:11 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

The Bottom Line: What's Next for the Superman Building?

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 it looks at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Grow Smart Rhode Island executive director Scott Wolf. They discuss proposals for the Superman Building, the costs of such development,  urban residential living and trends in downtown office buildings.

When to Listen

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

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Education
1:23 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed Proposes Changes to Student Loan Interest Rates

Congress has until July 1st before some federal student loan interest rates double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

Staring down a July 1st deadline, lawmakers on Capitol Hill are looking at ways to control the costs of federal student loans. Senator Jack Reed is behind a measure that would overhaul how student loan interest rates are calculated.

Reed and a handful of democrats in Congress are pushing legislation that offers adjustable rates and caps the maximum interest rates on federal loans. The bill also allows borrowers stuck with high interest rates to refinance.

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Theater Reviews
1:04 am
Fri May 10, 2013

2nd Story's "Rose Tattoo" is a Play of Sicilian Passion & Wildness

Andrew Iacovelli as Jack and Valerie Westgate as Rosa in "The Rose Tattoo" at 2nd Story Theatre.
Credit Richard W. Dionne, Jr. / 2nd Story Theatre

Back in the late 1940s and early ‘50s the talk along the New York Rialto was about whether Tennessee Williams could broaden his approach. Sure, the critics and others said, he’s written great plays such as the ever-so-human “Glass Menagerie” and the stinging “A Streetcar Named Desire.” But can he go in other directions, take us to new places?

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Politics
4:19 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

RI to Increase State Workforce Diversity

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has signed an executive order aimed at increasing the number of minorities in the state workforce.  It’s the fulfillment of a pledge he made in his “state of the state” speech back in January.  Chafee said it’s important for the state workforce to reflect Rhode Island’s changing demographics.

“I think America always has just been evolving, and this is just another ramification, it’s nothing really new it’s just more people of color of other nationalities.”

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RI News
12:22 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

Central Falls Expands City Hall Hours on Tuesdays

Credit Ryan T. Conaty

The city of Central Falls has taken steps to be more accessible to residents. Starting next Tuesday and continuing on the second and last Tuesday of every month, Central Falls City Hall will be open until 7:00pm.

On the same Tuesdays, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa will hold “office hours” where city residents can come to his second floor office and meet with him. The office hours will be from 4:30 to 7:00 pm.

Diossa said he is making the changes to accommodate the busy schedules of the city’s hard-working residents.

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