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VISION OF THE FUTURE? Climate experts believe that between sea-level rise and the increasing frequency of powerful storms, larger portions of Rhode Island will face serious flooding in the coming years.  / PBN FILE PHOTO/BRIAN MCDONALD

Climate change looks to bring water damage to more of R.I.

More than five years after “Superstorm” Sandy hit the Rhode Island coast, Westerly is still working at reversing some of the environmental damage that...

Progress has been made, more needed

Gov. Gina M. Raimondo’s Jan. 16 State of the State address was a chance to tout the advances made in the first three years...
A BEAUTIFUL SIGHT? The proposal by the U.S. Department of the Interior to allow oil and gas drilling on all of the United States’ continental shelf – such as this rig off the coast of Long Beach, Calif. – has brought swift negative reactions, including from Rhode Island officials. / BLOOMBERG NEWS FILE PHOTO/TIM RUE

Drilling off the coast is not 
a good idea for R.I....

When the Trump administration released plans to allow offshore drilling for oil and gas on 90 percent of the United States’ continental shelf, including...

NatGrid must
 adjust rates 
as taxes fall

The R.I. Public Utilities Commission has asked National Grid PLC to recalculate its rate request for gas and electricity delivery based on the drop...
DOLLARS WELL SPENT: The Rhode Island Promise scholarship program helped the Community College of Rhode Island grow enrollment of first-time, full-time students by nearly 50 percent in its first year. Will the General Assembly see clear to expand the program in the face of continuing budgetary pressure? / COURTESY COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF RHODE ISLAND

G.A.’s 2018 session sure to be a 
contentious, significant one

With an estimated $60 million budget shortfall in fiscal 2018 and another $200 million in fiscal 2019, Rhode Island’s elected leaders are faced with...

Lead in water too large a health risk

Here’s a thought. Instead of spending billions of dollars fixing the state’s crumbling schools, why don’t we first replace all the lead pipes delivering...
SEN. LOUIS P. DIPALMA (D-Little Compton). / COURTESY STATE OF RHODE ISLAND GENERAL ASSEMBLY

DiPalma: Education – The key to a better job, better wages...

Education is the key to a better job, better wages, and a better future.The economies of today and tomorrow require a workforce with some...

Job creators: education, character key to R.I.’s future

With Rhode Island finally closing in on job levels in 2017 last seen before the Great Recession, PBN wanted to pick the brains of...

Mattiello not showing leadership

House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello is content, apparently, to be a vessel for his “constituents,” as opposed to showing a little leadership when approaching...
BUREAUCRATIC BUNGLING: Quotas set for summer flounder have caused material harm to Rhode Island fishermen, who may need the state’s congressional delegation to help them rework the system. / PBN PHOTO/JOHN LEE

R.I. fishermen deserve a voice in management of fluke fishery

In 2016 commercial landings of summer flounder in Point Judith exceeded 1.3 million pounds, more than any other port in the nation. Suffice it...
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