Rhode Island

Weekend Arts
9:16 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Weekend Arts: The Providence French Film Festival Returns

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The Providence French Film Festival is back! Presented by Brown University, the 2014 festival is the 19th edition, with 20 films playing at the Cable Car Cinema now through March 2nd. 

Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman talks with the festival's co-director, Richard Manning. 

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Politics
11:06 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Bonus Q+A: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras On The Pension, Education, And More

Providence mayor Angel Taveras sits down with Rhode Island Public Radio's Elisabeth Harrison, and our political analyst Scott MacKay, about a variety of issues including the proposed pension settlement, charter schools in Providence, and the Superman Building.

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Political Roundtable
9:46 am
Fri February 21, 2014

Political Roundtable: Taveras On The Pension Settlement, The Governor's Race And More

Providence Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Providence Mayor and Democratic candidate for governor Angel Taveras joins the Political Roundtable this week to talk the Governor's race, the pension reform settlement, and income equality in the Ocean State.

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RI News
8:47 am
Thu February 20, 2014

Families Remember The Station Nightclub Tragedy Eleven Years Later

Site of the former Station Nightclub in West Warwick.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Thursday marks eleven years since the Station nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured 200.

At 18 years old, Nicholas O’Neil was the youngest victim. His band, Shryne, was going to open for Great White the following night, so he was at the club on February 20th, 2003 to check out the place. O’Neil’s dad, Dave Kane, said he thinks about his son every day.

“It’s interesting people say to me, ‘oh geez, I hope I’m not bringing up a bad memory.’ Like I forgot. I mean, we have this every day, the knowledge of what has happened and the aftermath, we live it every day.”

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Weather
8:39 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Shortage Of Road Salt Supplies Hits RI

Plows remove snow in downtown Providence.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation says it’s running low on road salt for the highways. The news comes as another winter storm is expected to hit the state.

The department says it only has enough road salt for one more storm.  That’s because this winter has not only been harsher than others, but because it has swept across a broader swath of the country. Most states in the northeast get their salt from the same sources, and with wicked weather blanketing the region, the regular suppliers are getting tapped out.

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RI News
1:09 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Gas Prices Up In RI & MA

The average gallon of regular unleaded in Rhode Island is at $3.44, that's higher than the national average of $3.36.
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Drivers in Rhode Island and Massachusetts will find gas prices a bit higher this week – up by two cents in Rhode Island. Gas prices in both states are higher than the national average.

Even though prices at the pump took a bigger jump in Massachusetts, on average Rhode Island drivers are still paying more. The latest survey out of AAA Southern New England finds Ocean State drivers paying $3.48 for the average gallon of regular unleaded, while Massachusetts drivers are paying $3.44.

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Weather
8:38 am
Mon February 17, 2014

Heavy Snowfalls Straining Municipal Budgets

Plows clear snow in downtown Providence.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

The agencies responsible for keeping the roads clear in Rhode Island are having a challenging winter.

Providence’s Public Works Director, William Bombard, described this winter’s snowfall as above average, but says Providence still has plenty of resources to face any further storms.

“The numbers are, we’re about $800,000 into a $1.8 million budget, not counting the most recent storm," said Bombard.

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RI News
3:53 pm
Sun February 16, 2014

RI DLT Expands Hours At Unemployment Call Center

The DLT unemployment insurance call center will be open Monday and Tuesday 8:00 am - 3:00pm, closed Wednesday, open Thursday and Friday 8:00 am - 3:00pm.

Starting Monday the Department of Labor and Training is expanding the hours of its call center handling unemployment insurance.

The DLT call center used to take calls for two full days and three half days, but now it will take calls every weekday except Wednesday, said Assistant Director, Bob Langlais.

“We thought it was better for customer service we be open four full days, we won’t be any half days,” said Langlais, “and then they’ll have a full day for our staff to do their back office.”

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Weekend Arts
6:00 am
Sat February 15, 2014

Weekend Arts: A Preview Of The Providence Children's Film Festival

Providence Children's Film Festival executive director Anisa Raoof
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The Providence Children's Film Festival is now in it's fifth year, and has recently expanded to eight days of programming.

Anisa Raoof, the executive director of the festival sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio's weekend host Chuck Hinman to speak about the festival, and what makes a good kid's film.

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Business
5:26 pm
Fri February 14, 2014

The Bottom Line: How To Jump-Start The RI Economy

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for a weekly business segment The Bottom Line.

This week Dave and Mark talk with Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce President Laurie White. They discuss her takeaway from the chamber’s recent legislative luncheon, the chamber’s legislative priorities and various economic development proposals from state and community groups.

When to Listen

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

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