GOP’s Harrop donates $1,000 to Elorza in race for Providence mayor

October 19th, 2014 at 7:11 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – First it was the state’s congressional delegation. Now Democrat Jorge Elorza is getting financial support from one his opponents in the race for mayor of Providence.

Elorza’s campaign confirmed Sunday that Republican candidate Dr. Daniel Harrop recently contributed $1,000 to the 37-year-old Democrat, the latest sign that the two rivals have formed an unlikely alliance to help block independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. from winning back City Hall.

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Frost Advisory and Freeze Warning Tonight

October 19th, 2014 at 9:03 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As TJ mentioned in his previous blog post, some spots may see a hard freeze tonight.  The watches he mentioned have now turned into advisories and warnings; this means that we are becoming confident in these cold conditions actually occurring.

This will likely be the coolest night of the season with temperatures near or below freezing in some areas.  Here are the low temperatures expected overnight:

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Notice the upper 20s in eastern Connecticut; I would not be surprised if some spots in Rhode Island and Bristol County Massachusetts also sneak into the upper 20s.

A FROST ADVISORY is in effect for Providence, the East Bay, the West Bay, and Newport County RI.  For all inland areas away from Narragansett Bay, a FREEZE WARNING is in effect.   Basically, if you are still trying to grow something, you are going to want to bring it inside or protect it.

Have a great Sunday and bring the jacket; this afternoon it will be windy with temperatures only in the mid 50s! -Pete Mangione

 


Watch Newsmakers: Political roundtable on Campaign 2014

October 19th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Executive Suite: Philip Eil, Providence Phoenix

October 19th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Freeze Watch Sunday Night – Monday Morning

October 18th, 2014 at 11:01 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

What will likely be the coldest air of the season, so far, will move into Southern New England Sunday into Monday.

Strong northwest winds will usher in this cold beginning Sunday morning.  Temperatures on Sunday will be 15-20° colder than on Saturday when highs were around 71.  We’ll probably see more in the way of sunshine Sunday afternoon, but it will be ineffective sun as temperatures won’t budge much.

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Northwest winds will be gusting as high as 30mph in the afternoon, and wind chills will be dipping into the 40s.  Those winds are expected to quiet down on Sunday night, and the temperatures will be begin to nose dive into the low to mid 30s by dawn on Monday….even in Providence!

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The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

October 18th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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For mayoral candidates, repetition is everything

October 17th, 2014 at 11:50 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When Buddy Cianci gets upset with Jorge Elorza during a mayoral forum, he likes to say, “This isn’t your classroom, professor.”

Elorza always has the same response. “This isn’t your talk show, Buddy.”

With under three weeks to go before the Nov. 4 election, the professor, the talk show host and Republican Dr. Daniel Harrop have perfected their acts, repeating the same talking points for new crowds as they travel across the city making the case for why one of them should be elected Providence’s next mayor.

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School reform advocate spending big to help Elorza beat Cianci

October 17th, 2014 at 5:49 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A millionaire charter school advocate from Connecticut is dipping his hands into the race for Providence mayor.

Jonathan Sackler, a wealthy investment manager and trustee for charter school operator Achievement First, contributed $25,000 to the 50CAN Action Fund to support Democrat Jorge Elorza, according to a disclosure filed with the Rhode Island Board of Elections Tuesday.

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Three Questions about the Thursday Forecast

October 16th, 2014 at 3:05 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Rain has moved through with varying intensities this morning and early this afternoon.  As of mid-afternoon, TF Green has picked up about 0.50″ of rain and Smithfield is at 0.77″.   Eastern Connecticut was hit with a lot of rain this morning with total of around 2.30″ (Willimantic, CT).  Although we are under a Flash Flood Watch through this evening, it appears we have been able to avoid major flooding so far.

Here are three questions that you may have about the rest of the day and night:

How Much Total Rain?

Taking into account what has already hit the ground, I would expect most of us to end up close to the 1 inch mark.   Some areas may not quite make it to 1″, and other areas could get a little more.  In western RI, it’s possible there are some isolated areas that get closer to 2″.

What is the Evening Commute going to be like?

A lot of the rain may be pulling out around this time, but I would still expect a slow commute as the rain may not be completely turned off yet.  Areas west of I-95 may be left with just light off/on rain so the commute may not be as slow.  However, areas east of I-95 may still be dealing with showers and downpours which could slow things down. I think our Futurecast map showing the 5PM forecast does a pretty good job.

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What about the Pats/Jets game?

Bring the raincoat or poncho if you are going to the game.  There will likely be rain (some of it heavy) for tailgating, but most of the rain should be over by kickoff.  That being said, some occasional showers are possible through out the game.  At least it won’t be that cold as temperatures should stay in the low to mid 60s for most of the game.

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I would say the main hazard for the rest of the day will be hydroplaning….so drive with caution.  Have a great day and enjoy the game! -Pete Mangione

 

 

 

 


GOP-union alliance scrambles RI lieutenant gov. campaign

October 16th, 2014 at 12:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Organized labor is usually one of the most reliable constituencies for Democratic politicians in Rhode Island, but this year many unions are taking an unusual step: backing a Republican.

It reflects how the sleepy race for lieutenant governor is scrambling some of Rhode Island’s usual political alliances. A WPRI 12/Providence Journal poll released Tuesday showed Democrat Dan McKee leading Republican Catherine Taylor 36% to 27%, but nearly one in three voters – 31% – were still undecided.

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Rainy Day Underway

October 16th, 2014 at 9:10 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

A slow moving cold front is combining with unusually muggy air to create some downpours and isolated thunderstorms for today.  Rain has be filling in this morning and additional periods of rain will be likely into the evening.  Our computer models continue to hint at 1″ of rain or more for most of our area, with amounts to 2″ possible for some, especially in any thunderstorms.  temp 2

While severe weather is not expected, isolated wind gusts over 30mph could bring down a few tree limbs or branches. It looks like the main issue, will be trying to drive through the downpours as localized street and poor drainage flooding is possible. It will be a “warm” rain for October standards with temperatures 68-73 through the day.

Rain continues through at least early evening, so if you are headed to the Patriots game at Gillette tonight, plan on wet conditions for tailgating with temperatures in the 60s.  There may still be some leftover showers at the start of the game, but latest data now shows the bulk of the rain falling BEFORE 8pm.  temp 3

 


Arnold donates another $100K to pro-Raimondo super PAC

October 15th, 2014 at 8:42 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The wealthy Texas billionaire who previously backed a pro-pension-overhaul group has donated another $100,000 to a “super PAC” formed to boost Treasurer Gina Raimondo’s bid for governor, with the money set to be used against her GOP rival.

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Elorza wants more youth sports teams in Providence

October 15th, 2014 at 7:35 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Saying that sports and recreation has “simply not been a priority” for the city in recent years, Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza unveiled Wednesday a plan to expand sports programs and boost support for recreation centers in Providence during his first term in office.

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Filing argues Corso owes $232,800 to 38 Studios

October 15th, 2014 at 5:55 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The trustee handling 38 Studios’ bankruptcy case is demanding that Providence attorney Michael Corso return a six-figure payment he received from the company, arguing 38 Studios overpaid him while it was in financial free fall, Target 12 has learned.

According to an undated invoice attached to the filing, Corso billed 38 Studios $232,800 for “professional services rendered July 1, 2011 through December 31, 2011,” charging $485 an hour for 480 hours of work.

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Providence mayor hopefuls get heated at business forum

October 15th, 2014 at 12:58 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Another day, another shouting match between the candidates for mayor.

A question-and-answer session between Democrat Jorge Elorza, independent Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. and Republican Daniel Harrop led Elorza and Cianci, the former mayor, to yell over one another as more than 100 of the state’s top business leaders looked on during a morning forum hosted by the Greater Providence Chamber of Commerce.

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New WPRI 12/Journal Poll: Raimondo holds a slim lead

October 15th, 2014 at 4:30 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo has a slim lead over Republican Allan Fung in the race for Rhode Island governor, with Moderate Robert Healey pulling a meaningful share of the vote, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal survey released Wednesday shows.

The new survey of 505 likely Rhode Island voters shows Raimondo in the lead at 42%, Fung in second place at 36% and Healey far behind at 8%. An additional 12% of voters remain undecided.

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• Related: New WPRI 12/Journal Poll: Dems lead for 4 RI lower offices (Oct. 14)


Gonzola Now A Major Storm. Hurricane Watch For Bermuda.

October 14th, 2014 at 11:41 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Hurricane Gonzola continues to intensify rapidy with winds as of 11pm Tuesday at 125 mph. While the storm is not expected to make landfall on the US mainland, surf, swells and rip currents will increase along the coast by Thursday and Friday this week…

SUMMARY OF 1100 PM
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LOCATION…22.2N 66.6W
ABOUT 705 MI…1135 KM S OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…125 MPH…205 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 320 DEGREES AT 13 MPH…20 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…954 MB…28.17 INCHES

WATCHES AND WARNINGS
——————–
THE BERMUDA WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A HURRICANE WATCH FOR
BERMUDA.

DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
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AT 1100 PM AST…0300 UTC…THE EYE OF HURRICANE GONZALO WAS
LOCATED NEAR LATITUDE 22.2 NORTH…LONGITUDE 66.6 WEST. GONZALO IS
MOVING TOWARD THE NORTHWEST NEAR 13 MPH…20 KM/H. A TURN TOWARD
THE NORTH-NORTHWEST AND NORTH WITH A DECREASE IN FORWARD SPEED IS
EXPECTED DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO…FOLLOWED BY A NORTH-
NORTHEASTWARD ACCELERATION BY LATE THURSDAY.

DATA FROM AN AIR FORCE RESERVE HURRICANE HUNTER AIRCRAFT INDICATE
THAT MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS HAVE INCREASED TO NEAR 125 MPH…205
KM/H…WITH HIGHER GUSTS.  GONZALO IS A CATEGORY THREE HURRICANE ON
THE SAFFIR-SIMPSON HURRICANE WIND SCALE.  SOME ADDITIONAL
STRENGTHENING IS FORECAST DURING THE NEXT DAY OR SO…FOLLOWED BY
SOME WEAKENING AFTER THAT.

HURRICANE FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 25 MILES…35 KM…FROM
THE CENTER…AND TROPICAL STORM FORCE WINDS EXTEND OUTWARD UP TO 115
MILES…185 KM.

THE MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE ESTIMATED FROM A RECONNAISSANCE
AIRCRAFT WAS 954 MB…28.17 INCHES.

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
SURF…SWELLS GENERATED BY GONZALO WILL CONTINUE TO AFFECT THE
NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS…THE VIRGIN ISLANDS AND THE NORTHERN COAST
OF PUERTO RICO THROUGH WEDNESDAY.  THESE SWELLS WILL REACH THE
BAHAMAS ON WEDNESDAY AND MOST OF THE EAST COAST OF THE UNITED
STATES BY THURSDAY.  SWELLS GENERATED BY THE HURRICANE ARE LIKELY TO
CAUSE LIFE-THREATENING SURF AND RIP CURRENT CONDITIONS.  PLEASE
CONSULT PRODUCTS FROM YOUR LOCAL WEATHER OFFICE.

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Forecast Track …

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New WPRI 12/Journal Poll: Dems lead for 4 RI lower offices

October 14th, 2014 at 5:09 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic candidates are currently on top in all four down-ballot races for Rhode Island’s statewide offices with just three weeks left before the election, an exclusive WPRI 12/Providence Journal survey released Tuesday shows.

  • Lieutenant Governor: McKee 36%, Taylor 27%
  • Secretary of State: Gorbea 41%, Carlevale 27%
  • Attorney General: Kilmartin 46%, Hodgson 32%
  • General Treasurer: Magaziner 47%, Almonte 34%

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Coming up Wednesday at 4:30 a.m.: poll results in the race for Rhode Island governor.


Three former US attorneys blast Cianci comeback bid

October 14th, 2014 at 1:36 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Three former U.S. attorneys – including current U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse – held a press conference Tuesday urging city voters to reject former Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci’s bid to return to City Hall.

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Study: Bond questions could cost RI nearly $400M

October 14th, 2014 at 12:01 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The price tag for four bond referendum questions on the Rhode Island ballot next month could hit nearly $400 million once interest payments are totaled up, according to a report released Tuesday by the nonprofit Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council.

All four questions have well-funded campaigns being run in support of them, using everything from lawn signs to TV ads to drum up support from voters, R.I. Board of Elections filings reviewed by WPRI.com show.

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New Hurricane Forms In The Atlantic

October 13th, 2014 at 6:14 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca

GONZALO BECOMES A HURRICANE WHILE MOVING THROUGH THE
NORTHERN LEEWARD ISLANDS
ADDITIONAL STRENGTHENING LIKELY…

SUMMARY 5 PM
LOCATION…17.9N 62.9W
ABOUT 20 MI…30 KM SE OF ST. MARTIN
ABOUT 140 MI…230 KM ESE OF ST. THOMAS
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…75 MPH…120 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NW OR 305 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE…984 MB…29.06 INCHES

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT…

A HURRICANE WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
* ST. MAARTIN
* ST. MARTIN
* ANGUILLA

A HURRICANE WATCH IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* PUERTO RICO
* VIEQUES AND CULEBRA
* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

A TROPICAL STORM WARNING IS IN EFFECT FOR…
* ST. BARTHELEMY
* SABA AND ST. EUSTATIUS
* BARBUDA
* ANTIGUA
* ST. KITTS AND NEVIS
* MONTSERRAT
* PUERTO RICO
* VIEQUES AND CULEBRA
* U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS

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Happy Columbus Day from Nesi’s Notes

October 13th, 2014 at 11:42 am by under Nesi's Notes

Today is the day Rhode Island discovered its exploding Italian-American population, 104 years ago.


Watch Executive Suite: Dunkelman on ‘Vanishing Neighbor’

October 13th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: AG Debate – Kilmartin vs. Hodgson

October 12th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Damp start to weekend, but it gets better

October 11th, 2014 at 8:41 am by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Take the umbrella if you have plans to be out this morning or early afternoon.  Here is a timeline of what to expect:

9AM to 1PM: This is when the steadiest of the rain should be moving through.  The rain will fall at light to moderate rates which should make driving slow but passable.  A few heavy batches of rain are possible.  Although some puddles will be out there on the roads, we are not anticipating widespread street flooding.

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1PM to 5PM: For areas north and west of I-95, the rain will be wrapping up.  For areas south and east of I-95, the rain may linger until the later part of this time period.  For Providence, you should be somewhere in the middle with the steadiest of the rain wrapping up by 2PM or 3PM.

5PM to 8PM:  Some lingering light rain or drizzle is still possible, but plenty of rain free time too.  Bring your jacket if you are heading to the Flames of Hope WaterFire; temperatures will be around 50° at 6PM (around the time of the lighting), but then drop into the mid 40s by 11PM.

SUNDAY: Mostly sunny and breezy with highs in the 60s.  If you are heading to the Columbus Day Parade on Federal Hill or the Scituate Arts Festival, bring the jacket or sweatshirt.  You will want this for times when you are hanging out in the shade or during the times where a cloud happens to be blocking out the sun.

Enjoy the weekend! -Pete Mangione

 


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

October 11th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, The Saturday Morning Post

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NYT/CBS/YouGov Poll: Raimondo, Fung in tight race

October 11th, 2014 at 12:45 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Gina Raimondo holds a slim lead over Republican Allan Fung in the race for Rhode Island governor, according to a newly released online-only poll by The New York Times, CBS News and YouGov.

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Sub-Tropical Storm Fay Forms In Atlantic

October 10th, 2014 at 6:59 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening From Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca:

RECONNAISSANCE AIRCRAFT FINDS SUBTROPICAL DEPRESSION HAS
STRENGTHENED INTO SUBTROPICAL STORM FAY…

SUMMARY OF 6 PM EST
LOCATION…24.7N 64.2W
ABOUT 525 MI…845 KM S OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS…40 MPH…65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT…NNW OR 330 DEGREES AT 12 MPH…19 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE

 Satellite Photo Of  Fay

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Fay’s Forecast Track Keeps Storm Away From US Mainland

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Kilmartin, Hodgson battle in heated attorney general debate

October 10th, 2014 at 4:50 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic Attorney General Peter Kilmartin defended himself against a barrage of verbal attacks from Republican challenger Dawson Hodgson during a debate Friday, touting his record as the state’s top prosecutor over the last four years.

Kilmartin and Hodgson also argued over the ongoing 38 Studios investigation, public corruption and crime in Rhode Island’s capital city during an hour-long debate on a special edition of WPRI 12’s Newsmakers.

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Doherty backs Raimondo as Fung stays on attack

October 9th, 2014 at 5:39 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former GOP congressional candidate Brendan Doherty announced Thursday he is backing Democrat Gina Raimondo for governor, even as his fellow Republican Allan Fung launched a new TV ad attacking her as too close to the financial sector.

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