Rhode Island

Environment
3:24 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Rhode Island Weather: A Heat Wave?

If you’ve stepped outside today, you’ve most likely wanted to step back inside as the temperature in parts of Rhode Island is into the low 90’s.

The high temperatures are expected to extend through Sunday, with highs into the low 90’s and high 80’s.

Though the term “heat wave” has been thrown around, Allen Dunham, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service, says there must be three consecutive days of 90 degree weather for a heat wave.

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RI News
2:13 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Ringleader of Navy Kickback Scheme Pleads Guilty

Ralph Mariano leaves the federal courthouse in Providence Thursday after pleading guilty to three felonies in a Navy kickback scheme.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

The architect of a scheme to defraud the U.S. Navy of millions of dollars has pleaded guilty to three felonies that could send him to prison for years. 

Ralph Mariano, a former civilian employee at the Naval Undersea Warfare Center in Newport, has pleaded guilty to conspiracy to steal government property, the theft of government property and tax evasion.  He faces up to 20 years in prison and $600,000 in fines at his sentencing September 5th.

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Transportation
2:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

RI Turnpike Authority: Not Suprised Restraining Order Was Refused

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority said it’s not surprised that a federal judge refused to issue a restraining order to block tolling of the Sakonnet River Bridge.

Because tolling wasn’t part of the original construction plan approved by the Federal Highway Administration, the state had to go back and amend its environmental impact statement. The Town of Portsmouth filed a lawsuit, saying the amended impact statement is flawed. Chairman for the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, David Darlington, said he’s confident the paperwork was properly filed.

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Theater Reviews
1:51 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Wilbury's "Three Penny Opera" is a Good Try

Going forward with a famous musical is generally a matter of copying. After all, if you are putting on “Annie” or “Nunsense” you aren’t going to change things—just try to do a crowd-pleasing show as well as you can.

But that’s not the case with Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s “Three Penny Opera.”

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RI News
3:51 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Tiverton Looks to Join Lawsuit Blocking Sakonnet Bridge Tolls

The Tiverton Town Council meets Tuesday night to vote on joining Portsmouth and Bristol in challenging the tolls that will be placed on the Sakonnet River Bridge this summer. The seven-member Tiverton Town Council is expected to join the lawsuit.

Just about everybody in Tiverton uses the Sakonnet River Bridge and they’re not one bit happy about the prospect of paying a toll for the privilege starting July 1st.

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38 Studios
3:41 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Gov. Chafee's Office Analyzing Cost of Defaulting on 38 Studios Loan

Protestors rally in downtown Providence against paying back a $75 million guaranteed loan to 38 Studios.
Credit Don Borman / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee’s administration is doing a financial analysis on the cost of not paying back investors who underwrote the state’s loan guarantee for failed video game maker 38 Studios.

The governor has said it’s important for the state’s reputation to pay back the 38 Studios loan. Chafee’s spokeswoman, Christine Hunsinger, said several state agencies and department heads are conducting an analysis on the cost of not paying back those bondholders.

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The Bottom Line
5:24 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Bottom Line: The State of Manufacturing

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 they look at business news and themes that affect local business and the public.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Bill McCourt, Executive Director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association. They probe into a comprehensive survey of Rhode Island manufacturers on what manufacturers are seeking, the state of modern manufacturing, and what will be done with the findings.

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RI News
1:05 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

RI Officials Remember Fallen Heroes

State officials gathered this morning to remember Rhode Islanders who made the ultimate sacrifice.  The Annual Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Garden of Heroes, outside of the state capitol building.  Gov. Lincoln Chafee, joined other officials to honor those who have fought for our country. 

“It’s a day of memory for those who died in great service for our nation, and mixed in with the fun of the barbeque, and the family events," said Chafee.  "I’m sure that everybody does pause at some time, to remember as they well should.” 

RI News
4:18 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Tax Hike For Woonsocket Residents

A tax hike is on the way for Woonsocket residents. The House has passed a supplemental tax leaving home owners with additional $240 dollars a year 5 year period.  The tax will help close the city’s 17 million dollar budget gap. Woonsocket City Councilman Roger Jalette says he does not support the proposal.

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RI News
12:43 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

RI Supreme Court Upholds Pona Murder Conviction

The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a man charged in the slaying of a 15-year-old murder witness in 2000.

Charles Pona was charged with arranging the death of witness Jennifer Rivera. Rivera was approached by a gunman as she was skipping rope in front of her house on Providence’s South Side. She was killed to prevent her from testifying against Pona in a murder case.

In rejecting Pona’s appeal of his conviction, the Supreme Court said he’s had his day in court after two trials and two appeals and that the rule of law has prevailed.

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