Rhode Island emerged mostly unscathed from the first major snowstorm of the year, although the roads and sidewalks are a different story, in some cases. Thanks for stopping by. As always, feel free to share a tip or your thoughts via idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
Starting June 2 there will be two flights a week out of TF Green to the Cape Verde islands. The 210-seat aircrafts will be the first regularly scheduled international flights out of the airport.
Flights will take off on Tuesdays and Fridays to the island of Santiago. From there, TACV Carbo Airlines will offer commuter flights to other islands. Gov. Gina Raimondo said the move makes sense given the state’s large Cape Verdean community.
Hepatitis C infects an estimated five million Americans, though most of them don’t know it. But deaths from hepatitis C are on the rise in baby boomers.
And throughout New England, new infections are creeping up among a younger generation.
Less than a year ago, their only options for treatment were complicated regimens of injections that didn’t always lead to a cure. But brand new drugs could change everything. That is, if the cost doesn’t break us.
In case you haven’t had enough Super Bowl hype, here’s one more thing for New England fans to chew on: Roger Staubach, the Dallas Cowboys quarterback who was MVP of Super Bowl Vi in 1972, is predicting the Pats to defeat Seattle Sunday.
Staubach, who is now in the commercial real estate business as executive chairman of JLL, said in a news release that he expects a close game but that New England will emerge the winner.
Gov. Gina Raimondo, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian and Green State Airport officials will announce today that the new airline flying from the airport will be TACV Cabo Verde, the national carrier of Cape Verde, which will offer flights to Portugal, the Azores and Cape Verde, sources tell Rhode Island Public Radio.
The announcement is scheduled for this afternoon at the airport. TACV is the second airline since September to disclose plans to fly from Green. In September, Condor Airlines officials said they planned to offer seasonal flights to Germany.
The U.S. Senate passed a bill approving construction of the Keystone XL pipeline Thursday. Rhode Island’s junior Senator Sheldon Whitehouse voted against the bill.
A vocal critic from the start, Whitehouse released a sharp statement following the bill’s passage. He calls the $8 billion dollar project a “disaster” for health and the environment. The Keystone project would construct a nearly 12-hundred mile pipeline to carry mainly oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast.
Whitehouse says the project would encourage dependence of fossil fuels, which exacerbate climate change.
Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian joins Political Roundtable to discuss how top elected officials responded to the Blizzard of 2015; development in Warwick; and the outlook for RI Republicans to win more elections.