Rhode Island

Morning News Podcast
10:22 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Monday, February 4, 2013

A Warwick man was working at the 2013 Super Bowl game. Tensions are flaring between the teachers unions and the Education Commissioner.   These stories and more on the RIPR Morning Podcast. 


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Arts & Culture
9:10 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Courthouse Center Stage hopes to re-open in 6 months

Financial pressures have forced the temporary closure of the Courthouse Center Stage in West Kingston.   The popular theater will be mothballed for six months as it mounts a $100K capital drive, according to board member Anna Prager. "Yes, I am extremely disappointed but at the same time I am hopeful that if we suspend programming and concentrate on fundraising we can start in new and better shape."
 
Prager says they cut back staff so much they realized it was impossible to mount productions, raise money and tend to an aging, historic building all at the same time.

Environment
7:26 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Summer job openings at state's parks

Block Island
Credit Kristin Gourlay

The state Department of Environmental Management is accepting applications for summer employment. The department is looking for 50 to 100 people for jobs that include lifeguard, parks ranger, and maintenance person.  

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Scott MacKay Commentary
1:00 am
Mon February 4, 2013

RI Lawmakers should stay clear of immigration issues

For nearly a decade every Rhode Island legislative session has brought a florid and divisive debate over immigration issues. First it was whether the state should require all businesses to check the citizenship status of employees by using a federal computer database known as E-Verify.

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Morning News Podcast
9:45 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

A new poll shows less than half the state approves of the job being done by Governor Lincoln Chafee.  A Cranston Florist is being sued for discrimination. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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Business
8:03 am
Fri February 1, 2013

2012 was good to Providence's hotels

Front door of Biltmore Hotel
Credit RIPR file

2012 was a banner year for the Providence hotel industry.  Both occupancy and room rates exceeded the national and regional averages.

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RI News
7:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Providence Police fire a 15-year veteran

The Providence Police Department has fired an officer who admitted having sex with the victim
of a domestic violence dispute.  The city is moving to strip him of his pension.

On May 8, 2012 Providence police officer Khatchig Kazandjian had sexual relations with a woman who had been involved in a fight with her boyfriend.   The woman reported it as a sexual assault the following day and Kazandjian was placed on paid administrative leave. 

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Trinity Rep's Crime and Punishment is a rapid-fire production

Trinity Rep resident company member Stephen Thorne as Raskolnikov and Dan Butler
Credit Mark Turek

When you enter Trinity Rep’s Dowling Theater these evenings you just can’t miss the mess. Designer Eugene Lee has outdone himself, creating a scene that looks like a teenager’s bedroom on a very bad day. The walls are covered with large carpets, all conflicting in tone and color. There’s a distinctly un-comfortable looking iron bed.  Lamps from all eras abound. A Danish modern table, a keyboard from when, the 1960s, maybe? And above all is a huge crucifix, on which the murdered Jesus is nailed.

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RI News
4:45 pm
Thu January 31, 2013

Atheist group sues Cranston florist over denied flower delivery

An atheist group out of Wisconsin is suing a Cranston florist for refusing to deliver flowers to Jessica Ahlquist. The flowers were to congratulate the Cranston West High School student for winning a lawsuit that removed a prayer banner from the school’s auditorium.

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Arts & Culture
1:00 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Ocean State Theatre's "Fools" is not one of Neil Simon's best

Stacey Geer, Matthew Rickard, and Alexander Cook star in Neil Simon’s highly comic play Fools
Credit Mark Turek

With their very fine new performing space (excellent sight lines, comfortable seats, good facilities) it seems a shame that Ocean State has picked a weak-at-the-knees Neil Simon play to officially open Rhode Island’s newest theater.

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