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GOV. GINA M. RAIMONDO and Lt. Gov. Daniel J. McKee are not entirely in agreement over the response of National Grid Rhode Island to the recent storms. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO / COURTESY TOWN OF CUMBERLAND

Did National Grid do a good job restoring power to the...

While the official responses to the speed and effectiveness of National Grid Rhode Island are contradictory – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo thinks the utility...
WHILE THE R.I. SENATE has passed legislation that creates the financing framework for a new stadium for the Pawtucket Red Sox, the House has yet to give an indication that it will vote on the deal to build the Ballpark at Slater Mill complex.

Should the R.I. House put the Pawtucket Red Sox deal passed...

Another week, another PawSox controversy. Build Rhode Island, a labor/management support organization in the construction trades, commissioned and then released a poll gauging public...
STORM SURGE: By 2065, a 100-year storm surge would damage approximately 13,736 homes in Warwick, Barrington, Narragansett, South Kingstown and North Kingstown, representing more than half of all homes in Rhode Island’s 21 coastal communities, according to the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council. / COURTESY R.I. COASTAL RESOURCES MANAGEMENT COUNCIL

Are predictions of coastal flooding caused by climate change and sea-level...

Thanks to more up-to-date measurements and predictive abilities, the R.I. Coastal Resources Management Council is predicting that more of Rhode Island’s coastal communities are...
LAGGING THE HIGH ACHIEVERS: Rhode Island is not among the top 10 states for the portion of millennials, age 25-34 who have a college degree, according to the Brookings Institution, although at No. 14, the state ranked better than the Providence metro area, which placed at No. 49 among the top 100 metros in the nation.

What is the most important takeaway from the Brookings report that...

The Raimondo administration has made a point of trying to upgrade the educational attainment of the state’s college-age students, the better to take part...
LOCAL 1 PERCENT meal and beverage tax collection for July declined 1.6 percent year over year, at least in part due to an inflated tax collection in East Greenwich due to an audit recovery in July 2016. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/LUKE MACGREGOR

What do you think of the proposed federal rule that would...

R.I. Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin has joined 16 other state attorneys general in filing a letter that opposes a proposed U.S. Department of...
THE R.I. COMMERCE CORP. launched a new tourism marketing campaign in November touting Rhode Island as "Fun-Sized." / COURTESY R.I. COMMERCE CORP.

Do you like Commerce RI’s less centralized plan for marketing Rhode...

Unlike the much-ballyhooed and then immediately much-criticized “Cooler & Warmer” state tourism campaign, the R.I. Commerce Corp. has adopted a more understated approach to...
BRAYTON POINT POWER STATION in Somerset closed in June in 2017. / COURTESY DYNEGY INC.

Given the recent ISO New England report predicting increasing future energy...

ISO New England, the region’s independent electric-grid operator, released its Operational Fuel-Security Analysis report recently, and it sees fuel security risks heading our way...
LEADING BY FOLLOWING: House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has promised a House hearing on a Senate-passed financing plan for a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox. But the Cranston Democrat thinks most voters oppose public financing for the ballpark and has said he’s inclined to follow their will on the issue. / PBN FILE PHOTO/TRACY JENKINS

Are you satisfied with House Speaker Nicholas A. Mattiello’s response to...

The state Senate recently approved a financing package to allow construction of a new ballpark for the Pawtucket Red Sox.The $83 million ballpark in Pawtucket...
RHODE ISLAND MOVED UP to the No. 9 spot in a Business Insider list of the nation's top economies from No 33 last year. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

What do you think should be the top priority for the...

The state General Assembly has hardly had a chance to get comfortable in its seats and already it is considering significant legislation, in this...
NEW YEAR'S EVE is a time for celebration, including consuming alcoholic beverages. But sometimes the celebrants drink and drive, which can be a lethal combination. / BLOOMBERG NEWS PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

Did you drive to and from a New Year’s Eve celebration,...

Drinking and driving is never a good combination, even if only one alcoholic beverage has been consumed. Did you imbibe a drink or two...
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