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5:40 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

National Grid: $93M Updates Needed On Growing Aquidneck Island

National Grid said the tremendous growth on Aquidneck Island has prompted it to spend $93 million on upgrading its power system there.

The utility said the current system is outdated and will soon be overwhelmed. How outdated is it? Well, one substation was built in 1949.

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Politics
11:13 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Two Raimondo Nominees Sail Through Senate Confirmation Hearings

Nominee for director of elderly affairs, Charles Fogarty, in his Senate confirmation hearing.
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Separate Senate committees gave initial approval Tuesday to two of Governor Gina Raimondo’s nominees to lead state agencies. Both of the nominees held positions in the Chafee administration.

In the Senate Judiciary Committee, State Police Colonel Steven O’Donnell won unanimous backing to remain the director of the state Department of Public Safety. 

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Environment
10:29 am
Wed January 21, 2015

EPA Head To Survey Parts Of RI Endangered By Climate Change

Misquamicut Beach in Westerly was drastically affected by hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Credit Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency’s New England region is in Rhode Island Wednesday. Curt Spalding will survey parts of the state, to see which are at risk to storms and increased sea level rise.

For two days, the EPA’s Curt Spalding will tour areas in Westerly, South Kingstown, North Kingstown and Warwick. The idea behind the tour is twofold: to examine at-risk areas, and share ideas and existing tools for how to plan for rising seas and more violent storms.

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Politics
9:49 am
Wed January 21, 2015

RI Leaders React To President Obama's State Of The Union Address

President Barack Obama delivered his 6th State of the Union address Tuesday evening.
Credit U.S. Capitol

President Barack Obama delivered his sixth state of the Union address last night.  His main focus was the middle class, as the nation continues to recover from an economic downturn.  

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RI News
9:23 am
Wed January 21, 2015

CVS To Hire Some 100 At Woonsocket Headquarters

CVS/health headquarters in Woonsocket, RI
Credit CVS Health

Woonsocket based CVS/Health plans to hire some 100 employees at their digital center in Rhode Island.  This comes as the company plans to open a second digital center in Boston.

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Higher Education
8:51 am
Wed January 21, 2015

RISD Begins Interviews In Search For New President

The Rhode Island School of Design has started conducting "preliminary interviews" in the search for a new president, a little more than a year after the departure of Johhn Maeda in December of 2013.

In a post on the university web site, RISD says the search committee has received nominations from nearly 100 faculty and other interested parties. University Board Chair Michael Spalter confirmed that the interview process has begun.

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On Politics
7:40 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Meet the Class of 2015: State Representative Aaron Regunberg

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

With 18 new members in the 113-seat General Assembly, On Politics is offering a periodic look at the latest additions to the House and Senate. We continue with Representative Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence), who used his activist background to catapult into the seat previously held by former Speaker Gordon Fox.

Age: 24

Occupation: organizer with the Providence Student Union.

Party: Democrat

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Local Features
5:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

This I Believe Rhode Island: Hope Over Depression

All of us have known someone in the midst of deep, relentless despair, someone whose challenges in life seem so intractable, so overwhelming that there doesn't appear to be a way out.  Sadly some people feel so hopeless that their will to live evaporates.  Others somehow manage to move forward toward whatever light glimmers at the end of a long, dark tunnel.  Brian Shanley is living proof of what it means to have hope -- real hope -- in the throes of agonizing anguish.

Brian Shanley grew up in Attleboro, Massachusetts, attended Providence College, and, for graduate school, Salve Regina University, where he now serves as associate dean of admissions.  Shanley lives with his wife and son in Newport, Rhode Island.

RI News
4:44 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Rhode Island's First 'Vapor Lounge' Opens In Providence

Elevated Lounge owner Kevin Cintorino sits in his Providence shop.
Credit John Bender / RIPR

The state’s first medical marijuana vapor lounge opened this weekend in Providence, but the legality of the lounge remains murky.

Elevated Vapor Lounge, located in downtown Providence opened Saturday.  Rhode Island medical marijuana patients can utilize the space to vaporize their doctor prescribed product.  And since state law bans smoking indoors, vaporizing is only thing allowed.

Medical marijuana has been legal in the state since 2006. Federal law continues to ban its sale.

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The Education Blog
2:04 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

RI Education Commissioner Gist Confirms She Is Finalist For Job In Tulsa

Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is a finalist for superintendent of schools in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Credit File: Elisabeth Harrison / RIPR

R.I. state Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Deborah Gist has confirmed that she is a finalist for the Superintendent of Schools post in her home city of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gist's statement came after the Tulsa World newspaper reported that she is a finalist for the post.

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