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5:04 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Family of Missing Brown Student Horrified by Erroneous Link to Boston Bombings

Sunil Tripathi has been missing since March 16th.
Credit Tripathi family

It’s been about six weeks since Brown University philosophy major Sunil Tripathi disappeared. For a few hours he was erroneously linked to the Boston Marathon bombings. His family was horrified that he was rumored to be involved. 

Sunil’s brother, Ravi Tripathi, stopped by our studios to talk with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Flo Jonic.

Sunil "Sunny" Tripathi is six-foot tall, last seen wearing a black ski jacket and black hat with a Philadelphia Eagles logo. Anyone with information should call the Providence or Brown University police.

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Same-Sex Marriage Legislation
3:54 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Legislation Heads to Senate Floor

A crowd filled room 313 to hear the Senate Judiciary Committee approve same-sex marriage bill
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage on a 7 – 4 vote. A bill putting the issue up for referendum was defeated by a 6 – 5 vote.

The vote was greeted with jubilation by same sex marriage supporters gathered in a Statehouse hearing room. Supporters say they’re hopeful the committee vote signals full Senate approval. The bill will go to a full Senate vote Wednesday.

Reaction to the Vote

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Boston Marathon Explosions
3:40 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Suspected Bomber's Wife says She's Assisting with the Investigation

The Rhode Island widow of Boston bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev has issued a statement through her attorney. Her lawyer said she is doing everything possible to assist with the investigation.

Her husband’s apparent involvement in the Boston Marathon bombings came as an “absolute shock” to his wife, Katherine Russell Tsarnaev, according to a statement from her attorney, Amato DeLuca.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
2:47 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Sen. Jack Reed Approves of Federal Investigation of Boston Bombing Suspect

U.S. Senator Jack Reed says he approves of the way federal investigators are handling the interrogation of the Boston bombing suspect, including their decision not to read him his Miranda rights. 

Reed said the Boston Marathon bombing is an extraordinary case which requires special handling by prosecutors.  He supports their decision not to inform the surviving suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, of his right to an attorney and to remain silent.

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Boston Marathon Explosions
7:51 pm
Sat April 20, 2013

Suspected Bomber's Wife From North Kingstown

Katherine Russell's mother Judith talks with North Kingstown Police patrolling the block Saturday evening.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The family of the Rhode Island woman who was married to one of the suspected bombers is not commenting to reporters waiting Saturday outside their North Kingstown home.

The blinds are drawn, curtains pulled at the khaki colored, two-story house on the corner of the leafy cul-de-sac. The family of Katherine Russell had been living quietly in this North Kingstown neighborhood until the connection was made that Katherine was married and has a child with Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who died in a shoot-out early Friday.

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Transportation
4:42 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

RI Turnpike and Bridge Authority Vote Gives Perks to E-ZPass Owners

Tolling is expected to kick in on the new Sakonnet River Bridge starting mid-July.

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority approved new tolls that make crossing the Sakonnet and Newport Pell bridges cheaper for drivers who own a Rhode Island E-ZPass.

Having that E-ZPass means paying a $.75 toll on the Sakonnet, while drivers without an E-ZPass will pay $5.25. It also allows owners to make an unlimited number of trips across either the Sakonnet or Newport bridges in one day, and only be charged for one round trip.

Turnpike and Bridge Authority Chairman David Darlington said the goal is to get more Rhode Island E-ZPass transponders on the roads.

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Boston Marathon Explosion
4:45 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

RI Runners: Chaos Followed Explosion at Boston Marathon

Map of the Boston Marathon finish area
Credit Boston Athletic Association

Reports are coming in from Rhode Islanders who experienced the incident firsthand.  One North Kingstown runner finished the race moments before the explosions.  Frank Coseglia said he was a block and a half away when it happened, and wasn’t sure what was going on. 

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Business
3:20 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Electric Boat Looking to Expand at Quonset

Electric Boat is looking to expand its footprint at the Quonset Point shipyard. Electric Boat spokesman Bob Hamilton said discussions are preliminary at this point, but he said space will be needed for the construction of two, Virginia-class submarines and other work for the U.S. Navy.

“We expect to need some space for the Navy’s Moored Training Ships, which we’re involved with,” said Hamilton, “as well as the Ohio replacement, which is the next class of submarine.”

Hamilton said sequestration cuts will have a minimal impact on Electric Boat’s submarine building work.

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Made in Rhode Island
1:11 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Made in RI: Making Rugs at Colonial Mills

Colonial Mills in Pawtucket makes braided rugs for major retail outlets across the country.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Flip through catalogs for J.C. Penney, Restoration Hardware or Pottery Barn and you could see a braided rug for sale. You might assume that rug was made overseas, but there’s a good chance it was made in Pawtucket. As part of our on-going series, Made in Rhode Island, Catherine Welch visited Colonial Mills where thousands of braided rugs are shipped out of Pawtucket to major chain stores across the country.

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RI News
3:50 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Fate of Quonset Air Show Decided by Friday

The Rhode Island Air National Guard says it will know by Friday whether or not to hold the Quonset Air Show this year.  The show is threatened by the impact of federal sequestration cuts.

The Quonset Air Show is one of the most popular events in Rhode Island, attracting some 100,000 people to North Kingstown every June. But this year’s show, scheduled for June 29th and 30th may be cancelled. Rhode Island Air National Guard spokesman Christopher Peloso says all seven military acts have cancelled due to federal sequestration cuts, leaving just seven civilian flying acts.

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