Rhode Island

Morning News Podcast
9:35 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Monday, January 28, 2013

It seems there are some similarities between a fire in a Brazilian nightclub over the weekend and the one in RI at the Station Nightclub a decade ago.  There's a call to end high stakes testing that will determine whether students can graduate.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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Arts & Culture
8:12 am
Mon January 28, 2013

RI has 3 of the most romantic restaurants in the country

Three Rhode Island restaurants have been named “most romantic” as the result of reviews given by consumers across the country.    Making the list of the Top 100 Romantic Restaurants on the website OpenTable.com are Basil’s Restaurant in Narragansett, Bouchard Restaurant in Newport, and the Spiced Pear in Newport.  

The ratings were given after evaluating five-million reviews consumer reviews.  

The reviews rated Italian, French, American,European/continental, fondue,and seafood cuisines as the most popular.

RI News
1:00 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Central Falls city councilor sees no reason to meet with receiver

Central Falls City Council President William Benson Jr.
Credit Catherine Welch

Once again the Central Falls receiver will try and meet with the full city council. It’s a chance for the receiver’s office to walk elected officials through a five-year plan guiding the city back to financial solvency.

Three city council members have skipped a handful of earlier meetings. Council president William Benson Jr. is one of them. He says there’s no legal reason why he should meet and go over the plan, so don’t expect him there Monday night.

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Politics
3:13 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Opposition group doesn't see same-sex marriage bill passing in the RI senate

A group opposing same-sex marriage says it’s confident that the Rhode Island Senate will defeat legislation allowing same-sex couples to marry. The bill passed handily Thursday night in the House

Just minutes after the historic vote in the House, speaker Gordon Fox urged Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed to pass the bill in her chamber. There’s no word when the senate judiciary committee will take it up, and Paiva Weed opposes the legislation.

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Business
3:07 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

The Bottom Line: Confidence returning to RI business community

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 talk about a new business survey in the Providence Business News that finds more local companies are feeling better about their prospects. They’re feeling more confident about hiring new employees and expanding business.  

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RI News
9:10 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Lawmaker wants same-sex marriage put to popular vote

Despite the same sex marriage momentum on Smith Hill, one lawmaker wants to put the issue on a ballot to let Rhode Islanders vote on changing the definition of marriage.

State Senator Frank Ciccone says his constituents are clamoring for a say on this red-hot issue.  His proposed referendum would define marriage as a union between a man and a woman.
"My constituents want it placed on the ballot so they have an opportunity to vote so they can make a choice on whether or not they are in favor of same sex marriage. And I am at this point in agreement with them."
 

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Politics
8:03 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Same-sex marriage bill passes easily in Rhode Island House

House Speaker Gordon Fox beams from the rostrum shortly after the bill passed.
Credit Catherine Welch

“Just pass it.” That’s what House Speaker Gordon Fox says he wants the senate president to do with the same-sex marriage bill that passed last night and is now heading to the senate. The House vote was not only an historic vote, but an emotional one.

During nearly 90 minutes of debate a handful of representatives spoke out against the measure. Arthur Corvese, a North Providence democrat, was one of them.

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RI News
9:24 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Housing rebounds in RI

The fourth quarter report on housing sales in Rhode Island during 2012 is filled with good news.  The report issued by the Rhode Island Association of Realtors says that median prices for single-family homes, multi-family home and condominiums all increased. In addition foreclosures and short sales dropped for all three categories.   

In the single-family home market the Association reports sales activity went up by 25 percent and the median price increased five-percent to 195-thousand-dollars.  The market between buyers and sellers was evenly matched.

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RI News
5:07 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Abortion foes mark 40th anniversary of Roe v Wade by rallying at the RI Statehouse

Some 200 people rallied against abortion in the Statehouse on the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade
Credit Flo Jonic

Former Boston Mayor and Ambassador to the Vatican Ray Flynn was the keynote speaker at a Statehouse event marking the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Flynn was a guest of Rhode Island Right to Life which stages a protest every year on the anniversary of the controversial ruling.   He told about 200 people assembled that they should take pride in the work they do.

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Education
7:21 am
Tue January 22, 2013

State officials to review school safety

(PROVIDENCE, RI) The Rhode Island State Senate is holding a hearing Tuesday afternoon on School Safety in the state.    In attendance will be state public safety and emergency preparedness officials along with Education Commissioner Deborah Gist.

This hearing follows the fatal shooting at the Sandy Hook elementary school in Newtown Connecticut last month.  26 students and staff were killed at the school.  In addition the gunman killed his mother and himself.

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