Governor Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza are getting generally high marks for their response to the blizzard earlier this week. The state continues to dig out from the major winter storm.
Mama Kim’s is a well-known food truck in the Providence area specializing in Korean Barbeque. It’s just opened its very first brick-and-mortar sit-down restaurant in Cranston.
For this month’s Rhode Island Artscape, Rhode Island public radio’s John Bender stopped by the new Cranston space to talk with owner Don Fecher about the business, the transition from the truck, and, of course, the food.
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The Rhode Island coastline was hardest hit with high winds and power outages. That’s why Gov. Gina Raimondo decided to check-in with the town managers of South Kingstown and Narragansett, as Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ambar Espinoza reports.
As crews clear roads and parking lots, the excess snow is piling up. And the Department of Environmental Management urges cities, towns and businesses to avoid dumping all that snow into any body of water.
That includes ponds, lakes, rivers, wetlands and the ocean. Why? Well, all the salt, sand, littler and oil from cars pollute the water, harming wildlife and possibly sinking down into the groundwater.
Residents across the state are digging out of the blizzard that dumped more than two feet on parts of the state. Gov. Gina Raimondo lifted the state’s travel ban last night. She thanked Rhode Islanders for staying off the roads. There was a fire in Providence and a handful of accidents, but no major injuries from the storm.
Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment The Bottom Line.
This week, Dave and Mark talk with National Grid spokesman David Graves. They go over the permitting process of stringing new power lines around the island, and why a growing hunger for juice has forced the utility to upgrade.
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You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
The American Lung Association has given Rhode Island a mixed report card on tobacco control. While the state has the third highest cigarette tax, it lags behind in funding prevention.
The state got a “B” for its cigarette tax; the third highest in the nation. The $3.46 in taxes slapped onto a pack of cigarettes has lowered smoking rates. However it got an “F” for spending on prevention campaigns.
A winter storm is expected to hit Rhode Island this weekend. The National Weather Service has already issued a hazardous weather outlook for the region.
Weather Service meteorologist Bill Simpson said there will be a wide range of snowfall across the state. “It’s going to be a pretty big variability with the snow amounts. Newport: probably just a trace, a little bit more, and up in the far northwest part of Rhode Island could be upwards of six maybe even a little bit more. Within greater Providence itself, probably 1 to 3 inches,” said Simpson.
The regional head of the environmental protection agency said Rhode Island is doing state-of-the-art planning for climate change threats. Curt Spalding spent Wednesday seeing firsthand the tools coastal managers have already put into place.
Climate change is real, not a hoax. That’s according the U.S. Senate, which is now on record about the reality of climate change. The Senate voted 98 to 1 on an amendment recognizing climate change in the Keystone Pipeline bill.