Rhode Island

The Bottom Line
4:00 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

The Bottom Line: Women in Leadership

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 with Kati Machtley, director of the Women’s Summit at Bryant University about the changing themes in leadership and what the speakers of this year’s summit bring to the table.

When to Listen

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

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Pensions
8:43 am
Fri March 1, 2013

State Pension Challenge on Hold as Negotiations Continue

RI State House
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

A legal challenge to the overhaul of the state pension system will remain on hold as the two sides continue to mediate the dispute.

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Politics
4:37 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Move Over Stuffie, Here Comes "Rhode Island Calamari"

If Rep. Joseph McNamara gets his way, calamari will become the official state appetizer. The stuffie shouldn’t take this personally.

If McNamara’s bill becomes law, then Rhode Island calamari would be listed as the official state appetizer on the state’s website and in promotional material. And the way McNamara sees it that could land the phrase, “Rhode Island calamari” on restaurant menus across the country, giving the state’s biggest catch a little buzz marketing. As for the quahog and the stuffie, McNamara says it’s not personal.

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RI Economy
8:27 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Economic Expert says Rhode Islanders Need to Grab Control of Their Own Fate

It’s up to business leaders and other people in Rhode Island, not just lawmakers, to help save the state’s economy.

That’s what economic expert Bruce Katz of the Brookings Institution told a lunch gathering of more than 200 people in Providence Tuesday.

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RI Economy
8:11 am
Wed February 27, 2013

RI Latinos Shut Out of Housing Market

House in Harrisville RI
Credit courtesy Doug Kerr / Flickr.com/dougtone

The dream of owning your own home is out of reach to most Rhode Island Latinos, according to a new report published by the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University. Many struggle just to afford an apartment.

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Economic Development
2:53 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Two More EDC Board Members Step Down

There’s more turmoil at the top of the Rhode Island Economic Development Corporation as two more board members have stepped down.

EDC board members Jack Templin and Cheryl Watkins Snead have tendered their resignations, leaving just seven members on a 13 member board.  Templin is quitting halfway through a four year term to focus on his business interests. Watkins Snead is finishing up a three year term.

Remaining EDC board member Karl Wadensten says he’s sad to see them go but sees opportunity in the chance to appoint new members.

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Business
9:24 am
Tue February 26, 2013

RI Gets First 5-Star Hotel Forbes Rating

Ocean House Hotel
Credit courtesy OceanHouseRI.com

Rhode Island has its first five-star hotel.  The Forbes Travel Guide is giving that distinction to the Ocean House at Watch Hill in its 2013 Star Award Listings released Tuesday.

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Education
8:47 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Brown U Struggles with Tuition Rates

Brown University President Christina Paxson
Credit courtesy of Brown University

The president of Brown University is giving voice to something many parents have been thinking: tuition is too high.  

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Environment
8:33 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Shellfishing Area Closed

A Rhode Island shell fishing area is closed.  The Conimicut Triangle and Area A of the upper Narragansett Bay is closed because of discharge from a waste water treatment plant in East Providence.

The Department of Environmental Protection says the discharge had elevated fecal coliform levels.

The waters will be closed to shell fishing until sunrise Tuesday March 5th.  

The DEM says the Bucklin Point Waste Water Treatment Facility is working with the Department staff to meet stricter discharge limits.

Economy
8:28 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Economic Brain Storming Sessions in RI

A prominent economic thinker is coming to Rhode Island Tuesday for a series of brainstorming sessions.

Bruce Katz is the founding director of a program at the Brookings Institution meant to help cities improve their health and prosperity. He was invited to come to Rhode Island by state Treasurer Gina Raimondo.

Most of the brainstorming sessions featuring Katz are closed to the media. One of the sessions is open to reporters. It’s being hosted by the Rhode Island Foundation at Johnson & Wales Culinary Museum in Providence.

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