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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...
THE NEW TAX BILL has taxpayers looking to make moves to bolster their financial edge before the new tax season when a new set of rules takes effect. / BLOOMBERG FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL NAGLE

Did you pre-pay your property taxes due for fiscal 2018 in...

Among the many changes the federal tax overhaul brings is the limit on the deductability of state and local income and property taxes. Whereas...
82 WATERMAN ST. is an academic building, home to the Department of American Studies at Brown. The university is considering demolishing or moving it to make room for a new performing arts center. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Should Brown be allowed to raze five historic buildings to make...

Brown University is looking to build a new performing arts center in the middle of its College Hill campus, but local preservationists are concerned that...
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