Just this week, the U.S. Senate went on the record that climate change exists. Local and state officials in Rhode Island haven’t been waiting around to take the lead from Washington. They not only know climate change is real, but they’re also planning for its impacts. As part of our Battle With The Sea series, Rhode Island Public Radio’s environmental reporter Ambar Espinoza went on a tour with the Environmental Protection Agency’s northeast director to see how plans are in place.
An oblique fracture, more specifically. That's what doctors saw on the X-ray of my son's femur.
My son is a walking, talking, energetic boy of 18 months. But a strange string of events at day care last Friday - a twist, the catching of a foot on a table leg, a toppling over - has immobilized him. Doctors put him under, and set him in a spica cast. It's a nearly full-body mummification of both legs, down to the toes, and up the torso, to just under his little arm pits. His legs are splayed open, so he looks a bit like a cowboy who's just gotten off a very fat horse.
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.
When to Listen
You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.
Did anything happen this week not involving the New England Patriots and deflated footballs? Indeed. So read on, dear reader, and thanks for stopping by. As always feel free to share your tips/thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.
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.
That's the question a legislative panel is investigating. Lawmakers are scheduled to hear from several local elected officials and school leaders on Friday.
Their concern is the impact of the state formula for funding public schools, and the way it calculates tuition for charter schools.
Cumberland Town Councilor Arthur Lambi, a Republican, is among those planning to testify. According to Lambi, Cumberland sends about $3 million to charter schools every year, and that number is expected to grow as charter schools add more seats.
Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q+A to talk about whether mail ballots are too easily obtained, what steps should be taken to increase disclosure by lobbyists, how to better encourage voting participation, and more.