Rhode Island

RI News
1:54 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

RIPTA seeks input on changes to bus service

RIPTA is seeking input on two alternatives to its current service.
Credit File / RIPR

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is considering changes to its bus service and wants the public to weigh in. The transit authority is considering two alternatives to how it’s running now.

RIPTA marketing director Amy Pettine says the changes won’t add costs to running the transit system, but could expand service in some much-needed parts of the state. She says this includes a new route proposed for Woonsocket and better coordination with commuter rail.

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RI News
11:42 am
Mon February 18, 2013

RI Drivers Paying a Nickle More at the Pump

Credit File / RIPR

Drivers keeping track of prices at the pump may have noticed that the average gallon of regular unleaded will cost a nickel more than it did last week.

That extra nickel now puts the average price of regular unleaded at $3.79 a gallon. That’s higher than the national average. AAA Southern New England urges Rhode Islanders to shop around since the range in price spans 26-cents.

Across the border in Massachusetts the average price went up by four cents to $3.72 a gallon, just a penny shy of the national average of $3.73.

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Education
7:42 am
Mon February 18, 2013

RI highest in reading scores for 11th graders in New England

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist
Credit Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island has released test scores that show 73 percent of public school students are proficient in reading and just 57 percent are proficient in Math. The numbers were relatively flat compared to previous years, so for more analysis we turned to State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist. She spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Education Reporter Elisabeth Harrison.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
7:16 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Straight party voting not a simple issue in RI

Just about every good government group in Rhode Island is pushing for an end to the so-called master lever option on state ballots. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay explains why this is not a panacea for what ails our state’s political culture.
 
It has become an article of faith in Rhode Island among the self-styled government reform groups, most statewide elected politicians and the chattering pundit classes that our state needs to get rid of that relic of urban machine politics, the master lever.

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Environment
1:29 pm
Sun February 17, 2013

Sen Whitehouse revs up the crowd at climate change rally

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse got a crowd of thousands chanting and cheering Sunday at a rally on the National Mall in Washington focused on climate change.

Whitehouse says there are only two ways to move climate change legislation: show Congress how out of step it is with the American public, and encourage the president to get serious on the issue.

When Whitehouse told the crowd that special interest owned Washington and it was up to the people to take it back, the crowd went wild. That’s something Whitehouse says is easier done than revving up his fellow members of Congress.

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RI News
10:40 am
Sun February 17, 2013

Winter Storm Hits Rhode Island

A team of snow plows scrape down Providence streets on Sunday.
Credit Catherine Welch

Just as the snow from last week’s blizzard was starting to melt away, revealing pavement on most roads and sidewalks, Rhode Islanders woke up Sunday to even more snow.

Forecasters predict between 6 to 8 inches of snow for Rhode Island, and up to 8 inches to fall by Sunday night in Boston. While southern New Hampshire and central Massachusetts could see less snow.

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Morning News Podcast
9:39 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Friday, February 15, 2013

The RI EDC needs to find a new leader.  Brown University raises its tuition.   These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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Business
7:59 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Toyota to pay RI $.5 million

Rhode Island is one of 29 states that have reached an out of court settlement with the Toyota Corporation over the company’s practice of concealing safety defects related to unintended acceleration.  The Ocean State will receive half a million dollars from the 29-million dollar settlement.  And Toyota will be restricted from advertising the safety of vehicles without engineering data to back up their claims.

Business
3:53 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Newport Chamber says same-sex marriage brings economic boost

The Newport County Chamber of Commerce has issued a statement recognizing the positive economic impact same sex marriage brings to a community.  

While the statement stops short of endorsing marriage equality, it says that same sex marriage could have a substantial economic impact on Newport businesses, particularly the hospitality and wedding industries.  The statement ends by saying that Rhode Island is at a competitive disadvantage with our New England neighbors who already have marriage equality.

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Arts & Culture
1:49 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Mixed Magic Theatre adds an art gallery to the mix

Mixed Magic Theatre says it will open an art gallery at its Pawtucket theater. The first artist to show there is Morris Nathanson, an interior designer and artist. Mixed Magic co-founder Ricardo Pitts-Wiley says the art gallery will complement the existing performing arts spaces.

“Well, it’s part of a long, kind of a long process at Mixed Magic Theatre to develop a full-service, if you will, a full-bodied performing art space and the art gallery is really the third leg of that development,” says Pitts-Wiley.

The art gallery at Mixed Magic Theatre opens on Sunday.

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