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STORY OF THE WEEK: The floodgates opened last week on the problematic visit by two high-level state Department of Administration officials to Philadelphia in March. Attorney General Peter Neronha … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: It has been clear for a while that the sugar high of consecutive budget surpluses in Rhode Island – a rare occurrence in a state usually dogged by perennial deficits -- … more
As I relaxed on my La-Z-Boy Saturday evening following our 2023 Westport High School's Commencement exercises , I could not help but feel optimistic about the future of our Westport Community … more
Governor Dan McKee signed into law legislation to increase renewable energy production and supply by requiring that 100 percent of Rhode Island’s electricity be offset by renewable production … more
More striped bass fishing trips are taken by anglers coastwide than any other species.   This highly desirable fish has been overfished for the past few years, and last year, anglers killed … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: For supporters like state Sen. Bridget Valverde and Rep. Katherine Kazarian, the legislative sponsors of the Equality in Abortion Coverage Act, passing the EACA was unfinished … more
The Barrington town government has shown a surprising willingness to ignore its own rules. The latest example was articulated by Town Manager Phil Hervey, when he told the Barrington Town Council and … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Now that the May Revenue Estimating Conference is complete, the General Assembly session is expected to race to a mid-June conclusion, with a few contentious issues still hanging … more
OVERLINE: Westport Health Notes   Welcome to Westport Health Notes, a monthly column from the Westport Board of Health (BOH).   The goal is to share information with our community … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse is a longstanding critic of efforts to move the U.S. Supreme Court to the right, so he’s remained in the spotlight as SCOTUS faces a wave of … more
While Rhode Island communities experienced extreme drought, torrential rain, and flash floods last year, the oil and gas companies pouring fuel on our climate crisis were raking in record profits. … more
I n mid-April, 16-year-old music prodigy Ralph Yarl was running an errand that most older siblings perform, i.e. picking up his younger brothers at a friend’s house. He went to a home on … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Twelve years after Gina Raimondo spearheaded what once seemed an improbable overhaul of the state pension system, pensions remain a hot topic in Rhode Island. As the ProJo’s … more
Welcome to Westport Health Notes, a monthly column from the Westport Board of Health (BOH). The goal is to share information with our community about local issues and projects, public health alerts, … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: In recent weeks, Rhode Island Attorney General Peter Neronha has used Twitter to amplify the fight for continued access to mifepristone, cite the need for those with power to … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: The Democratic field in Rhode Island’s 1st Congressional District is starting to gel, with a series of noteworthy developments this week. Former state Rep. Aaron Regunberg, … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: Former Gov. Gina Raimondo talked a lot about the need to improve workers’ skills while building a more diversified economy. Her successor, Gov. Dan McKee, has emphasized … more
S TORY OF THE WEEK:  Can Rhode Island tax-cut its way to a more appealing business climate? That question has been subject to debate for years and it won’t stop now. For supporters, … more
R hode Island notables surely serve up a potpourri   of decisions for which they should take a bow or offer an apology. 2023 has had some sterling examples of both genius judgments and mistakes. … more
April is Citizen Science Month! You can join a growing community of “citizen scientists” who help to expand our body of scientific knowledge by crowdsourcing data collection. … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: If the election to succeed David Cicilline in the 1 st Congressional District was held last Friday, the favorites were Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos and state Sen. Sandra Cano … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: If you want to feel a chill down your back, watch PBS Frontline’s report on the recent era of “easy money” – super-low interest rates … more
I believe a recent Barrington recreation survey is a scathing indictment of the town’s recreational facilities and a desperate plea for government action. I don’t know how anyone who took … more
STORY OF THE WEEK: With Lt. Gov. Sabina Matos having announced a run in CD1, the race to succeed U.S. Rep. David Cicilline is approaching a more active phase. All eyes are on House Speaker Joe … more
S TORY OF THE WEEK: Election denialism is no longer shocking or even surprising. Some contemporary conspiracy theories are so ludicrous that they induce laughter, even if the underlying facts involve … more
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