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3:08 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Packed Hearing As RI PUC Ponders National Grid 24 Percent Requested Rate Hike

Resident Steve Anderson tells the PUC that if more natural gas pipeline is needed, then build it. Anderson spoke at a hearing on National Grid's proposed 24 percent rate hike.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

In a packed hearing room, the state’s Public Utilities Commission listened to testimony for much of the day on National Grid’s proposed 24 percent rate hike.

The increase would kick in January 1st, how long it will last is another matter. The PUC heard testimony both for and against stretching a lower rate out over twelve months as opposed to the requested six months.

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The Pulse
2:26 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Ever Sign An Agreement With Your Doctor?

At a public hearing yesterday at the Dept. of Health, doctors, dentists, physician assistants, and advanced practice nurses voiced their opposition to the department's proposed regulations governing the prescribing of opioids. The new rules would require prescribers to sign a fairly lengthy agreement with patients, alerting them to the risks of taking prescription painkillers like OxyContin and Vicodin, and agreeing to certain kinds of monitoring. Many health care providers feel these agreements aren't necessary and that, in fact, they're patronizing.

What do you think?

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The Education Blog
2:00 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Commerce Secretary Pick Stefan Pryor’s Record in CT

Governor-Elect Gina Raimondo announced her plan Tuesday to nominate Stefan Pryor for Rhode Island’s newly created Secretary of Commerce post.

The outgoing Education Commissioner in Connecticut, Pryor chose not to seek a second term, a move observers saw as evidence that he had become a liability for Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy. Malloy faced a closely-watched battle for re-election in November.

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On Politics
1:59 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Raimondo Picks CT Education Commissioner as RI's First Commerce Secretary

Stefan Pryor will take over economic development efforts in a state plagued by joblessness.
Credit via WNPR

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo has picked Connecticut Education Commissioner Stefan Pryor, a fellow Yale alum with experience leading economic-development efforts in New York and New Jersey, as her choice to be Rhode Island's first Commerce secretary.

"Stefan Pryor has the depth of experience and the drive to help me lead Rhode Island's comeback," Raimondo said in a statement. "Stefan's economic development successes in Newark and in Lower Manhattan are a testament to his ability to lead the Department of Commerce in Rhode Island."

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RI News
8:38 am
Tue December 16, 2014

RI Residents To Voice Opinions On Proposed Energy Rate Hikes

Residents will get a chance Tuesday to tell the state’s Public Utilities Commission how they feel about a proposed 24 percent rate hike from National Grid.  If approved, the rate hike would kick in on January 1st .

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Politics
8:26 am
Tue December 16, 2014

Gov-Elect Raimondo To Host State Economic Development Event

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo hosts an economic development gathering Tuesday evening.
Credit RIPR FILE

Governor-elect Gina Raimondo is staging an economic policy summit with 80 so-called “thought leaders” Tuesday. The event is supposed to develop ideas for improving the state’s economy.

Raimondo’s transition office declined to release an advance list of the business people and other leaders invited to the event. They’ll take part in a three-hour discussion at URI’s Providence campus.  The governor-elect’s transition initially planned to close most of the meeting to the media. But the full session will now be open to reporters.

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Politics
5:45 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Gov. Chafee: I Couldn’t Have Done Anything Differently To Save 38 Studios

Gov. Lincoln Chafee at his exit interview at the Rhode Island Public Radio studios.
Credit Catherine Welch / RIPR

Gov. Lincoln Chafee said one of his biggest regrets is not getting his first budget passed. That budget proposed lowering the sales tax but expanding it to other items and services.

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On Politics
4:36 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

The paranoid opposition to RhodeMap RI

It looks like the RhodeMap RI debate is much ado about not so much. Those who oppose this largely benign economic and social blueprint have blown the results so far out of proportion as to be ludicrous.

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Health Care
3:26 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Proposed Rules Could Change Painkiller Prescribing

Donna Policastro, representing Rhode Island nurses, says the proposed regulations are unnecessary.
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island health officials are considering new regulations governing how health care providers prescribe painkillers. So far this year, 212 Rhode Islanders have died from accidental drug overdoses, most involving opioids, according to the health department.

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RI News
2:55 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse Tussles With Karl Rove Over Torture Report

Karl Rove (L) and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse trade barbs over the recent Senate report on the C.I.A.'s use of torture.
Credit Fox News

Senator Sheldon Whitehouse traded jabs with Republican Strategist Karl Rove this weekend on Fox News.  

They tussled over so-called enhanced interrogation techniques, such as water boarding. Whitehouse says that constitutes as torture and did not aid in the capture of Osama Bin Laden. 

“If you look at the information we had on the courier that took us to Osama Bin Laden, we had four sources on that, and those four sources all provided all the information that the CIA needed to know to track this guy before they were exposed to enhanced information techniques.”

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