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RI News
12:42 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Photos: First Day of Same-Sex Marriage in Rhode Island

Kent Stenson and Luis Astudillo with their license outside Providence City Hall.
Flo Jonic RIPR

Across the Ocean State, same-sex couples are applying for marriage licenses and tying the knot. On Thursday Rhode Island and Minnesota became the 12th and 13th states in the country to legalize gay marriage. The bill was signed into law back in May, making Rhode Island the last state in New England to legalize gay marriage.

RI News
12:03 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Same-Sex Couples Don’t Waste Time to get License in Cranston

Royce Kilbourn and Karl Staatz are the first to apply for a marriage license at Cranston City Hall.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Same-sex couples are saying “I Do” and applying for marriage licenses across the state. Rhode Island and Minnesota are the 12th and 13th states in the country legalizing gay marriage.

Just minutes after the city clerk’s office opened, employees welcomed Cranston’s first same-sex couple seeking a license. “We opened at 8:30 so you’re our first customer,” said Cranston City Clerk Maria Wall. At 8:32 Karl Staatz and Royce Kilbourn walked into the clerk’s office with hands full of paperwork ready to get a marriage license. After 21 years together, they’re tying the knot next week.

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Theater Reviews
9:05 am
Thu August 1, 2013

Theatre-by-the-Sea's "Annie" is a Mixed Bag

It's a hard knock life for Annie and her fellow orphans, who take the state at Theatre by the Sea until August 10th.
Credit Steven Richard Photography / Theatre-by-the-Sea

Ah, yes. “The sun’ll come out tomorrow/Bet your bottom dollar.” Most of us remember that lyric. And you know, when “Annie,” after trying out at the Goodspeed Opera House, opened on Broadway in 1977 it definitely earned a lot more than a buck. With its bouncy music and improbable but oh-so-charming, very American narrative the show was up for 18 Tony Awards, and won 14, including “Best Musical.”

The show then traveled from Boston to Bangkok as Annie and her dog Sandy, and her multi-millionaire benefactor Daddy Warbucks, made the sun shine once again around the world.

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RI News
4:26 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Pleau Pleads Guilty in Federal Court, Avoids Death Penalty

A Rhode Island man at the center of a capital punishment battle between the state and federal government has changed his plea to guilty to avoid the death penalty.

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Hot City: Crime in Providence
8:58 am
Wed July 31, 2013

Hot City: What's Happening on the Streets

With the rising temperatures comes a spike in crime across the capital city. In a series we’re calling Hot City: Crime in Providence we’re taking a look at summer crime by focusing the month of July.

Last year the area encompassing Smith Hill, Elmhurst and the north end saw the highest number of crimes. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Catherine Welch sat down with Teny Gross, executive director of the Institute for the Study and Practice of Nonviolence about what’s happening on the streets of Providence.

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Education
4:53 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

RI Gov. Pulls Plug on Mancuso as Interim Higher Education Commissioner

Gov. Lincoln Chafee has tapped RIDE Chief of Staff Clark Greene to fill in at the Department of Higher Education.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee is pulling the plug on his embattled choice to become the state’s interim commissioner of higher education.

Chafee said Eva-Marie Mancuso is dropping her request for a state Ethics Commission waiver to move into the position. The waiver is needed since members of public boards are prohibited from accepting an appointment from a board of which they’re a member. Mancuso serves as chairwoman of the state Board of Education and will remain in that post.

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Arts & Culture
2:03 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Sea Life and Waves Roll Along I-95 Underpass in Providence

The murals along Eddy Street features whales, dolphins and other sea creatures.
Credit James Baird

A mural commissioned to mark Rhode Island Hospital’s 150th anniversary was unveiled Tuesday morning in Providence.

Dolphins, whales, harbor seals and an octopus mingle among the blue and violet waves that roll down the walls of the Eddy Street underpass. Artist Kenn Speiser says the waves are meant to have a calming effect on drivers as they buzz by.

Speiser and his team painted during the day for about three weeks, getting plenty of feedback along the way.

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Transportation
8:49 am
Tue July 30, 2013

T.F. Green Airport Starts Upgrades

T.F. Green airport in Quonset has begun a four-year upgrade, which will improve the runways.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

An ambitious four-year plan to upgrade T.F. Green Airport has finally gotten underway. Monday one of the airport’s two runways was shut down to make way for the removal of a hangar.  Next month work begins on a new de-icing fluid treatment plant.

Peter Frazer, general counsel to the Rhode Island Airport Corporation, said none of this should inconvenience travelers.

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RI News
2:24 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

No Lines So Far for Marriage License at Providence City Hall

The City of Providence started taking applications Monday for a same-sex marriage license for couples ready to tie the knot after the state law kicks in on Thursday.
Credit file / RIPR

The City of Providence started accepting pre-applications for same-sex marriage licenses Monday, but the throngs of people expected failed to materialize.  As of midday only two gay couples had applied, according to city registrar Serena Conley.

“Well this morning we’ve had two couples in. They were here bright and early, 8:30 in the morning, very excited to be here,” said Conley, who adds both couples were male. “They were extremely excited and very, very happy. One couple was actually grinning from ear to ear.”

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Politics
2:05 pm
Mon July 29, 2013

Some Rhode Island Lawmakers are Turning Down Pay Hike

Nine lawmakers so far have turned down an annual cost of living raise.
Credit file / RIPR

Nine state senators and one state rep are turning down an increase in their annual legislative pay, which is mandated by a cost of living provision in the state constitution.

The raise will boost lawmakers pay by $307 to $14,947. Democratic State Senator Adam Satchell of West Warwick turned his raise down, saying he doesn’t feel like he deserves it after one year in office.

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