Rhode Island

RI Economy
8:11 am
Wed February 27, 2013

RI Latinos Shut Out of Housing Market

House in Harrisville RI
Credit courtesy Doug Kerr / Flickr.com/dougtone

The dream of owning your own home is out of reach to most Rhode Island Latinos, according to a new report published by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. Many struggle just to afford an apartment.

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Economic Development
2:53 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Two More EDC Board Members Step Down

There’s more turmoil at the top of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation as two more board members have stepped down.

EDC board members Jack Templin and Cheryl Watkins Snead have tendered their resignations, leaving just seven members on a 13 member board.  Templin is quitting halfway through a four year term to focus on his business interests. Watkins Snead is finishing up a three year term.

Remaining EDC board member Karl Wadensten says he’s sad to see them go but sees opportunity in the chance to appoint new members.

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Business
9:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

RI Gets First 5-Star Hotel Forbes Rating

Ocean House Hotel
Credit courtesy OceanHouseRI.com

Rhode Island has its first five-star hotel.  The Forbes Travel Guide is giving that distinction to the Ocean House at Watch Hill in its 2013 Star Award Listings released Tuesday.

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Education
8:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Brown U Struggles with Tuition Rates

Brown University President Christina Paxson
Credit courtesy of Brown University

The president of Brown University is giving voice to something many parents have been thinking: tuition is too high.  

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Environment
8:33 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Shellfishing Area Closed

A Rhode Island shell fishing area is closed.  The Conimicut Triangle and Area A of the upper Narragansett Bay is closed because of discharge from a waste water treatment plant in East Providence.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the discharge had elevated fecal coliform levels.

The waters will be closed to shell fishing until sunrise Tuesday March 5th.  

The DEM says the Bucklin Point Waste Water Treatment Facility is working with the Department staff to meet stricter discharge limits.

Economy
8:28 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Economic Brain Storming Sessions in RI

A prominent economic thinker is coming to Rhode Island Tuesday for a series of brainstorming sessions.

Bruce Katz is the founding director of a program at the Brookings Institution meant to help cities improve their health and prosperity. He was invited to come to Rhode Island by state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Most of the brainstorming sessions featuring Katz are closed to the media. One of the sessions is open to reporters. It’s being hosted by the Rhode Island Foundation at Johnson & Wales Culinary Museum in Providence.

Economy
8:21 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Gas Prices Still Going Up in Rhode Island

Cars at Gas Station Pumps
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Gas prices continue their upward spiral in Rhode Island.  The cost per gallon rose three cents this week, according to AAA of southern New England.  Prices are now 28 cents higher per gallon than a month ago.

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RI News
3:16 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Sex Abuse Allegation puts Woonsocket Priest on Administrative Leave

Another Roman Catholic priest has been sidelined by a child sexual abuse allegation.  The priest has accepted responsibility for his actions.

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says Monsignor John Allard of Woonsocket has been forced to resign the pastor of St. Agatha and Precious Blood parishes because of a child sex abuse allegation that dates back more than 30 years.

The diocese says Allard accepted responsibility for his actions when confronted. He has expressed remorse for the harm he has caused and has moved out of the rectory. 

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The Bottom Line
1:34 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

The Bottom Line: Why the EDC is Sitting on $3.5M for Small Business

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 take a look into why it’s been a problem for the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation to find local companies to share what’s ballooned into a $3.5 million grant for small businesses.

When to Listen

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

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Transportation News
2:56 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

RI Airport Corporation Selects a New Chief

Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

A civil engineer and private pilot will be the next president and CEO of the Rhode Island Airport Corporation. Kelly Fredericks is currently overseeing expansion at the airport in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

Fredericks has held leadership positions at airports in Pittsburgh, Harrisburg and Erie Pennsylvania.   He’s currently with a consulting group managing the construction of a new terminal down at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

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