Rhode Island

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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RI Film Industry
3:21 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Movie Shoot Expected to Drop About $5M into RI Economy

The head of Rhode Island’s film office said tax credits helped lure an independent film production starring Mark Ruffalo. The movie will be shooting around the state until mid-May.

The film, “Infinitely Polar Bear” is based on the life of its director, who happened to have spent time in Rhode Island. Head of the state’s film office, Steven Feinberg, said Massachusetts and New York were courting the production, but Rhode Island landed the film thanks to tax credits and some unique locations.

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Politics
1:55 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

RI Government "Owners Manual" Available

The 2013 edition of the “Rhode Island Government Owner’s Manual” has been published and is ready for pick-up at the Statehouse.

The 300-page directory is published every two years to reflect the results of the November election. It includes contact information for hundreds of officials, including every member of the General Assembly as well as city and town councils.

The book is available free of charge at the Secretary of State’s office. A searchable, electronic version is also posted on the Secretary of State’s website.

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Municipal Pensions
3:30 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Cranston Mayor Makes "Breakthrough" Pension Deal

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announces a pension deal at city hall Monday.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Allan Fung announced an agreement Monday to improve the condition of one of the worst funded municipal pensions in the state.

Fung says the deal will save Cranston $6.5 million in pension costs over the next fiscal year while solving a lingering problem.

“This issue has been an albatross over the city for decades, close to half a century, and this agreement shows the progress that can be made when all parties come together in a spirit of cooperation,” said Fung.

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Politics
1:26 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Bill Creates Freshman Caucus in RI House

A bill has been introduced in the Rhode Island House to form a Freshman Caucus. It’s sponsored by newly elected Representative John Lombardi of Providence.

He says 21 percent of the chamber is now made up of either first-time elected officials or those returning after a hiatus. The new, he says, can sometimes get lost in the not-so-new. 

As proposed in the Lombardi bill, after the Freshman Caucus has served for two consecutive sessions it would be dissolved and a new Freshman Caucus would be formed from among the then newly-elected members.

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