Judge rebukes Mollis over flawed Michael Corso filing

December 18th, 2014 at 11:31 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis’s office abused the judiciary for political reasons during its investigation of alleged 38 Studios lobbying violations by Michael Corso.

Mollis defended his actions even as an attorney for Corso called him “a disgrace.”

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Chances of a White Christmas

December 15th, 2014 at 12:08 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, but it’s not really looking a lot like Christmas.   Southeast New England still has bare ground.  Christmas is fast approaching and there are no snow storms expected this week.  However, our snow storm threat could begin to change next week.

WHAT HISTORY TELLS US

First, here’s a look at the climatological chances of Southern New England getting a White Christmas — a White Christmas being when there is one inch or more of snow on the ground.

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This is from data collected from 1981 to 2010.  More specifically, Providence has a 37% chance of seeing a White Christmas, while Burrillville has a 48% chance and Newport has a 25% chance of there being one inch of snow on the ground Christmas morning.

Here’s a look at some weather extremes for Christmas Day:

  • Snowiest:  2.8″ (1919)
  • Wettest:  1.68″ (1978)
  • Warmest:  63° (1964)
  • Coldest:  -10° (1980)

LOOKING AHEAD

This week (through Saturday) looks pretty uneventful…especially as far as snow goes.  However, a pattern shift will begin to unfold over the weekend.  A shift in the jet stream will signal better chances for snow the week of December 21st.   For the past couple weeks, the jet stream has been (mostly) flat — more west to east.   Beginning Sunday, the jet stream will be taking bigger dips through the eastern United States.

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Watch Executive Suite: Gregg’s Restaurants; BlumShaprio

December 15th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras

December 14th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Geminid Meteors Peak Saturday Night

December 13th, 2014 at 4:59 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

One of the best meteor showers of the year will peak tonight, and the weather looks like it will mostly cooperate — there may be some clouds to contend with (especially east of Providence).

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The Geminids can be seen through the night, but are best seen after 10PM until about 4AM (EST).   We may have to contend with a last quarter moon which will rise in the east at 11:19pm in Rhode Island, but Geminid Meteors are usually very bright.  All you have to do is look up!

Courtesy: NASA

Courtesy: NASA

Note, the sky probably won’t look like the picture above.  Instead, you’ll likely see one meteor every few minutes.  You may see as many as 50 per hour! The picture above is a “photographic stack” of pictures.  What’s interesting to note in the picture is that if you drew a line along the path of each meteor, they all go back to the same part of the sky — the constellation Gemini.

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

December 13th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

Click here to read this week’s Saturday Morning Post on the new WPRI.com website »


Geminid Meteor Shower This Weekend…

December 12th, 2014 at 7:09 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

A “Different” kind of shower this weekend…Clouds expected to gradual decrease Saturday evening and night

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The following is from earthsky.org

The peak night of the 2014 Geminid meteor shower will probably occur on the night of December 13 (morning of December 14).  The night before (December 12-13) may offer a decent sprinkling of meteors as well.  Geminid meteors tend to be few and far between at early evening, but intensify in number as evening deepens into late night.  A last quarter moon will rise around midnight, but Geminid meteors are bright! This shower favors Earth’s Northern Hemisphere, but it’s visible from the Southern Hemisphere, too.

The shower owes its name to the constellation Gemini from where the meteors seem to emerge from in the sky.

Unlike most other meteor showers, the Geminids are associated not with a comet but with an asteroid – the 3200 Phaethon. The asteroid takes about 1.4 years to orbit around the Sun.

The Geminids are considered to be one of the more spectacular meteor shower during a year, with the possibility of sighting around 120 meteors per hour at its peak.

The Geminids can be observed from locations all around the world.

While it is not necessary to look in a particular direction to enjoy a meteor shower – just lay down on the ground and look directly above and you are bound to see some meteors – astronomers suggest looking towards the south to view the Geminids.

The best time to view the Geminids between 9 p.m. (21:00) local time and before dusk.


Mayor Taveras touts improved finances, schools as top accomplishments

December 12th, 2014 at 3:15 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – As he prepares to exit City Hall, Mayor Angel Taveras says he’s leaving Providence in better financial condition than he found it when he took office four years ago.

Taveras acknowledged Rhode Island’s capital city was running out of money in early 2012, but said he has no regrets about his decision to avoid filing for bankruptcy, during two wide-ranging interviews with Eyewitness News. Taveras will appear on WPRI 12’s Newsmakers Sunday morning.

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Mass. firm buys RI’s Warren Equities for $383 million

December 10th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Warren Equities Inc., a closely held Rhode Island petroleum retailer whose late founder left $100 million to Brown University’s medical school, has been sold to a Massachusetts firm.

Global Partners L.P. said it is paying about $383 million for Providence-based Warren Equities, whose three divisions include the XtraMart convenience store chain and which has regularly made Forbes magazine’s annual list of the largest private companies in the United States. Founder Warren Alpert died in 2007.

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Everything you need to know about RI’s big pre-K expansion

December 10th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Why were Rhode Island officials so excited when the White House announced Wednesday that the state had won a $2.3-million federal grant for its preschool program?

Because the influx of funds will help expand one of the most successful state-funded pre-K programs in the country from 17 sites to 60 sites over the next five years, tripling the number of classroom seats offered to four-year-olds across the state.

While many details are still being ironed out, here’s an overview of pre-K in Rhode Island.

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Wednesday Night Rain/Snow Outlook

December 10th, 2014 at 4:25 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Off/on rain showers will continue late this afternoon through this evening.  Some snow will also try to mix in.  I think we will be able to get through most of the evening commute with just plain old rain showers.  However, after 6 or 7PM, some snow may fall in the western part of the state.  Areas to the west of 295 (such as Foster, West Greenwich, and Burrillville) have the best chance to see this light snow, but some mixing to cold rain and sleet is also possible.

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After 9 or 10PM, this snow/sleet/rain mix COULD make it into Providence.  As we go past midnight, all of our viewing area has a chance of getting a little wintry mix.

Any Accumulation?For the most part, no.  There could be a coating to half an inch at some of the higher elevations in northern and western Rhode Island, but most of us won’t see any.

What about the  roads? The main area of concern would be along and to the north and west of I-95.  This is where temperatures are likely to get near or below freezing.  While icy spots from light snow are a possibility, of more concern will be any rainwater that freezes on untreated surfaces (sidewalks and side roads).

When will this all come to an end? We don’t completely get rid of the rain/snow showers until late Thursday or Friday, but the threat of snow and slick roads should be over by late Thursday morning.  

 

 


Storm Stalls Over New England through Friday

December 10th, 2014 at 9:13 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

The soaking rain and strong winds that made for a miserable day yesterday has moved out, but the storm system responsible for it is still hear.  While it has weakened significantly,  it has stalled over New England and won’t move away until later Friday and early Saturday.  That means our weather will remain unsettled, with damp and dreary conditions through the end of the work week.  Lots of drizzle, mist and scattered showers are expected through the day, with temperatures in the upper 30s to lower 40s.  Rainfall totals should be less than .25″, so additional flooding is not expected. temp 1

Through the day, colder air will get drawn into the low pressure center, and by this evening and tonight both a mix of rain and snow showers are possible.  Temperatures overnight will fall to near freezing, so a few icy spots are possible by dawn.  temp 2 (mmuscatello v1)

Thursday will feature another day with an abundance of clouds and a spotty rain or snow shower around.  By Friday, southern New England looks mainly dry, but still mainly cloudy.

Anxious to see sunshine?  Both Saturday and Sunday look storm free and partly sunny.


Storm Moves Out. All Watches And Advisories Cancelled

December 9th, 2014 at 7:41 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

 

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

The worst of Today’s rain and wind storm has moved out…Below is a list of rainfall amounts and peak winds for certain towns and cities

 

LOCATION          STORM TOTAL     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
RAINFALL           OF
/INCHES/   MEASUREMENT

CONNECTICUT

HARTFORD COUNTY
3 SE HARTFORD                     1.81   520 PM 12/09  ASOS
1 WNW WINDSOR LOCKS    1.64   513 PM 12/09  ASOS
WETHERSFIELD                     1.40   236 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO

WINDHAM COUNTY
3 NE WILLIMANTIC          1.17   524 PM 12/09  ASOS

MASSACHUSETTS

BARNSTABLE COUNTY…
HARWICH                       2.64   600 PM 12/09  TRAINED SPOTTER
2 NW CHATHAM           2.38   517 PM 12/09  ASOS
2 NE HYANNIS               2.05   524 PM 12/09  ASOS
EAST FALMOUTH         1.67   302 PM 12/09  CO-OP OBSERVER

BRISTOL COUNTY
FAIRHAVEN                      2.87   408 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
TAUNTON                          2.55   455 PM 12/09  NWS OFFICE
4 ESE TAUNTON              2.40   545 PM 12/09  ASOS
4 W NORTON                    2.10   529 PM 12/09  CO-OP OBSERVER
3 NW NEW BEDFORD    1.67   517 PM 12/09  ASOS

DUKES COUNTY…
3 S VINEYARD HAVEN    2.27   528 PM 12/09  ASOS

ESSEX COUNTY…
TOPSFIELD                       3.29   557 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
5 WNW BEVERLY            3.00   515 PM 12/09  ASOS
BEVERLY                           2.23   559 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
BRADFORD                       2.20   558 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
3 NE LAWRENCE             2.20   525 PM 12/09  ASOS
IPSWICH                            2.10   303 PM 12/09  TRAINED SPOTTER
BOXFORD                          2.09   559 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
LAWRENCE                       2.06   558 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
ROCKPORT                        1.13   302 PM 12/09  MEDIA

FRANKLIN COUNTY
2 SE ORANGE                    1.14   530 PM 12/09  ASOS

HAMPDEN COUNTY…
2 ENE WESTFIELD          1.40   511 PM 12/09  ASOS

MIDDLESEX COUNTY...
BURLINGTON                 2.71   556 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
2 WSW BEDFORD          2.42   514 PM 12/09  ASOS
FRAMINGHAM               2.42   557 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
READING                          2.28   555 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
CAMBRIDGE                    2.24   404 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
CONCORD                         2.20   556 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
MEDFORD                         2.14   405 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
WESTON                            2.03   555 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
WAKEFIELD                     1.55   203 PM 12/09  TRAINED SPOTTER
TEWKSBURY                    1.15   219 PM 12/09  NONE

NANTUCKET COUNTY…
NANTUCKET                     3.01   504 PM 12/09  AMATEUR RADIO
2 ESE NANTUCKET         2.14   505 PM 12/09  ASOS

NORFOLK COUNTY…
3 SSW MILTON                3.05   527 PM 12/09  ASOS
WELLESLEY MA              2.76   258 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
WALPOLE                          2.38   403 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
1 ENE NORWOOD           2.38   532 PM 12/09  ASOS
MILTON                             1.56   329 PM 12/09  TRAINED SPOTTER

PLYMOUTH COUNTY…
PLYMOUTH                     2.44   407 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
4 SW PLYMOUTH          2.10   545 PM 12/09  ASOS

SUFFOLK COUNTY
1 N EAST BOSTON        2.39   509 PM 12/09  ASOS
BOSTON                          2.08   406 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO

WORCESTER COUNTY
3 WNW WORCESTER       1.40   530 PM 12/09  ASOS
4 SE FITCHBURG              1.27   518 PM 12/09  ASOS

RHODE ISLAND

KENT COUNTY
COVENTRY                      3.00   411 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
2 NNW WARWICK         2.61   533 PM 12/09  ASOS

NEWPORT COUNTY
4 NE NEWPORT               1.79   546 PM 12/09  ASOS

PROVIDENCE COUNTY
WEST GLOCESTER          1.53   250 PM 12/09  TRAINED SPOTTER

WASHINGTON COUNTY…
WESTERLY                        2.22   410 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
2 SSE WESTERLY             2.00   547 PM 12/09  ASOS
HOPKINTON                     2.00   245 PM 12/09  NONE

***********************PEAK WIND GUST***********************

LOCATION             MAX WIND     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
GUST            OF
MPH    MEASUREMENT

MASSACHUSETTS

BARNSTABLE COUNTY…
FALMOUTH                       61   343 PM 12/09  OTIS AIR FIELD
BARNSTABLE                   52   312 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
EAST FALMOUTH           51   119 PM 12/09  NONE
ORLEANS                           50   156 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
CHATHAM                         50   129 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
WELLFLEET                      48   245 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO

BRISTOL COUNTY…
FAIRHAVEN                      62   258 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO

DUKES COUNTY…
OAK BLUFFS                     49   135 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO

ESSEX COUNTY…
ROCKPORT                         53   302 PM 12/09  MEDIA

PLYMOUTH COUNTY…
SCITUATE                       61   329 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO
MARION                          47   109 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO

SUFFOLK COUNTY…
WINTHROP                     46   316 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO

RHODE ISLAND

WASHINGTON COUNTY…
CHARLESTOWN             50   346 PM 12/09  HAM RADIO

***********************SUSTAINED WIND***********************

LOCATION                 WIND     TIME/DATE   COMMENTS
SPEED           OF
MPH    MEASUREMENT

MASSACHUSETTS

BARNSTABLE COUNTY…
EAST FALMOUTH           36   119 PM 12/09  NONE

ESSEX COUNTY…
ROCKPORT                        32   302 PM 12/09  MEDIA

$$


Embattled Coventry fire chief’s pension being examined

December 9th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island General Treasurer’s office and a state police detective are currently reviewing pension records of embattled Coventry Fire District Chief Paul Labbadia, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

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Brown prof on why so many RI elderly are in nursing homes

December 9th, 2014 at 5:58 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

My WPRI.com piece Monday on 12 things to know about Medicaid in Rhode Island has – happily! – gotten a lot more clicks and feedback than I expected. Thanks to all who read it.

The most interesting feedback I received was from Kali Thomas, an assistant professor of health services, policy and practice at Brown University, who thinks there are ways Rhode Island can reduce its far-above-average Medicaid spending on elderly residents:

I wanted to point out some interesting information about those highest spenders you referenced (particularly those in nursing homes).

One disappointing statistic is that we are ranked 43rd out of the 50 states with almost one-fifth of our population of nursing home residents identified as having low-care needs. These “low-care” residents are those who do not necessarily require the level of care provided in nursing homes. Specifically, they do not require assistance with any of the four late-loss activities of daily living – eating, bathing, toileting, or transferring – and they are not classified as needing extensive rehabilitation or identified as “clinically complex.” This suggests that were we able to provide them with supportive services in the community, they may be able to be cared for and sustained in a less restrictive and more appropriate setting. Focusing on efforts to reduce the numbers of low-care residents in our state is a great opportunity to reduce the excessive spending in our Medicaid program.

Previous work I have conducted with colleagues at Brown’s School of Public Health suggests that increased spending on home- and community-based programs, like home-delivered meals, is related to a lower proportion of low-care residents. Further analyses have suggested that increasing capacity in the home-delivered meals program can potentially result in savings to states’ Medicaid programs. However, despite legislative testimony I gave this past year highlighting the beneficial effects we could recognize by reinstating previous funding levels for our state’s Meals on Wheels program, the cuts that were made to the program have sadly remained in place.

I would like to draw attention to A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Disabilities, and Family Caregivers, produced by AARP, SCAN Foundation and the Commonwealth Fund. It lists specific domains related to long-term care where we could use improvement and how we compare to other states. For example, Rhode Island ranks second to last in our efforts to re-balance Medicaid long-term care spending. As a state, only 16% of our Medicaid long-term care spending goes toward services provided in people’s home and in the community. Investing in relatively more affordable supportive services that enable people to remain in the community rather than being placed in costly nursing homes is one way we can lower overall costs. I believe that our state’s residents and policymakers need to have a better awareness of why we are among the highest spenders on long-term care and what we can do about it.

There is so much we can learn from other states and with our size, we are ideally positioned to enact changes to improve our system of long-term services and supports. Thank you for spreading awareness about our state’s Medicaid spending “problem.” Now, let’s focus on solutions!

Another interesting point was made by Secretary of Health and Human Services Steven Costantino, who pointed me to this July study by Pew looking at state Medicaid costs nationwide.

The Pew study shows Medicaid spending growth in Rhode Island averaged just 2% from 2000 to 2012, the third-lowest growth rate in the country and only half the national average of 4.1%. That’s far below the 7% growth rate for Medicaid spending projected last month by the House Fiscal Office.

The study also shows Medicaid spending per enrollee rose 13% in Rhode Island between 2000 and 2010, more than twice the national average of 13%. Also interesting: 33% of Rhode Island’s Medicaid enrollees were elderly and disabled, tied for fifth-highest share in the country.

Finally, if you want to dig in further on all these issues, you’ll want to read this 2007 “Future of Medicaid” report conducted by the Carcieri administration. It’s a very good overviews of the issues Medicaid was facing in Rhode Island pre-recession and pre-Obamacare, and has some terrific charts. For example, here’s another look at how Medicaid costs breakdown across elderly beneficiaries during the state’s 2005-06 fiscal year:

Medicaid elderly population RI costs 2007 report

One of the many challenges noted in the report: “Medicaid beneficiaries in mandatory coverage groups tend to be high-need, high-cost service utilizers. As is explained elsewhere in this report, by contrast, beneficiaries in the optional coverage groups are primarily children and families – e.g., RIte Care enrollees – who have less complex service needs and are less costly to cover.” It goes on to say:

Of critical importance is that recent efforts by the state to improve services to the adult populations “carved out” many of the high cost beneficiaries and focused instead on managing the care of users at the middle and lower ends of the cost distribution curve. This includes the soon to be implemented health plans for both elders and adults with disabilities. Yet, as these distribution curves reveal, care management is necessary for all beneficiaries and, in particular, for those who are high cost users, to ensure that the right services are being provided in the most appropriate setting.

And here’s another chart from that report, this one showing how fast RIte Care and RIte Share, the managed-care insurance program for lower-income children and adults, expanded during the Almond administration:

Medicaid RIte Care 1995 2006 enrollment

Ted Nesi ( tnesi@wpri.com ) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com and writes the Nesi’s Notes blog. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi


Storm Update

December 9th, 2014 at 11:19 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 11am, we are seeing moderate to heavy rain across the region.  Radar estimates of rainfall rates are in the range of .10 to .50 inches per hour.

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Heavy, Flooding Rains Expected Today

December 9th, 2014 at 6:42 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While the morning’s commute featured icing issues, the evening’s commute could feature some lingering flooding issues.

We are expected to see some very heavy rain today.  We’ll see steady rain from 7am through 5pm, but the heaviest will be between 9am until about 4pm.

The National Weather Service has issued a Flood Watch for Southern New England.  This means that we are watching for the potential for flooding.  In this case, we could be seeing street and poor drainage flooding.  We’ll monitor the rivers and streams, but they should be able to handle this rain.  Once flooding seems imminent or occurring, the Watch will be changed to a Warning.

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Strong Wind Gusts Today

December 9th, 2014 at 5:30 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As an area of low pressure moves northward today, we will be seeing some periods of heavy rain and strong wind gusts.  In this blog post, we’ll take a look at the wind gusts.

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The National Weather Service has issued a Wind Advisory for coastal areas of Southern New England for strong wind gusts to 50mph from the east and northeast.

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Icy Morning Commute

December 9th, 2014 at 4:07 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As you can tell by our SkyCam in Providence, it’s a little icy out there this morning.

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For inland areas of Southern New England, this could be a tricky morning commute as freezing drizzle has created slick conditions in parts of our area.

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Icy Roads Continue For Several More Hours

December 8th, 2014 at 11:25 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from Chief Meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

Winter Weather Advisory Due To Freezing Rain Has Been Extended To Include Washington County RI And Southern  Bristol

County Mass (shaded blue areas).  This Advisory will expire 5am Tuesday.

Meanwhile heavy rain (no ice) and wind moves in Tuesday.

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Icing causing significant amount of car accidents across Southeast Massachusetts and Rhode Island Monday Night

The following is an incomplete list. Please note some details may change and need to be confirmed at a later time. MVA stands for ‘Motor Vehicle Accident’..

List of icing/accident reports below from Monday Night as of 11pm

950 PM: Freetown, MA: Route 24 North and Southbound between North Main Street and Route 104 – icy conditions

955 PM: North Smithfield, RI: Route 146 Southbound at West Acres shutdown due to icing

1000 PM: Tiverton, RI: 2 Car MVA on Main Road, very icy road conditions across town

1000 PM: Tolland, CT: I-84 is closed for multiple crashes due to icy roads between exits 67 and 68.

1000 PM: Fall River, MA: Route 24 southbound at exit 25 closed due to ice and car accidents related to ice

1000 PM: Johnston RI: 295 south in the area of exit 5 Rhode Island State Police going out for a report of multiple vehicles involved in a accident

1006 PM: Raynham, MA: 7 car MVA on Route 24 at 495 spread out over 1/4 mile.

1006 PM: Woonsocket/Cumberland RI: Accident – Right lane blocked on 146 Northbound at 146A

1006 PM: Mansfield, MA: I-495 at I-95 reported multiple accidents

1010 PM: Westport, MA: Route I-195 west area of white’s restaurant – mva – vehicle on the side of the median, second accident on the other end of the median. Route 88 reported as slick and icy. multiple other streets reported slick and iced up.

1013 PM: Hingham, MA: car into a tree Route 3 Northbound – Exit 14, Route 3 very icy.

1016 PM: Somerset/Fall River, MA: I-195 Eastbound at Exit 4 over the bridge and I-195 access at the bottom of Columbia Street closed due to icing

1021 PM: Providence, RI: Accident, Right lane of exit ramp blocked on I-95 southbound at Exit 22B US 6 West

1023 PM: Westport, MA: I-195 Westbound at Route 88 – rollover with possible entrapment of occupant

1025 PM: East Providence, RI: Car Accident – Right lane of exit ramp blocked on East Shore Expressway southbound at I-195

1026 PM: Fall River, MA: Braga and Veterans Memorial Bridges closed due to icing

1029 PM: Westport, MA: Old Bedford Road – icing, accidents reported. several overpasses very slick and icy.

1033 PM: I-495 Northbound Exit 6, several cars spun out, some cars moving on their own others being towed.

1037 PM: Swansea, MA: Car spun out hit gaurd rail on I-195 Eastbound

1038 PM: Fall River, MA: Route 24 Northbound at exit 8A, male struck by a vehicle after getting out of his car that spun off the road.

1044 PM: Fall River, MA: Route 6 rotary prior to 24 north mva in Fall River

1044 PM: Westport, MA: I-195 West prior to Route 24 North, MVA

1047 PM: Johnston, RI: MVA car versus tree with entrapment 2643 Hartford

1051 PM: Bridgewater, MA: Route 24 southbound – milemarker 25.8, car spun out in the road.

1054 PM: Bridgewater, MA: Route 24 MVA 20 cars due to icing

 

Accident Data provided by

Rob Macedo (KD1CY)

ARES SKYWARN Coordinator for NWS Taunton Massachusetts


Pockets Of Freezing Drizzle Tonight. Heavy Rain, Wind Tuesday.

December 8th, 2014 at 6:42 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from Chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca..

While we are still expecting a mild rain and wind storm Tuesday…cold air Tonight will be slow to leave in areas away from the coast. Right now, we have a damp east-northeast wind bringing in moisture off the ocean in the form of flurries, mist and drizzle. As the cold drizzle falls into air that is still very cold near ground, some light glazing of ice is possible. The map below shows where Winter Weather Advisories are in place (blue shading) for Tonight. By early Tuesday morning these cold inland locations will warm well above freezing..

 

Winter Wx Advy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile the main coastal storm  will approach early Tuesday morning with heavy rain (no icing) and strong coastal winds.  A High Wind Advisory is in effect for south shore with gust potential up to 50 mph.  A High Wind Watch (pink shading) is in effect for  Cape, Islands, including Block Island. Winds here may gusts to 60 mph.

 

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The storm time table for Tuesday looks something like  this…..

 

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12 things to know about Medicaid in Rhode Island

December 8th, 2014 at 4:40 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – When Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo tapped Lt. Gov. Elizabeth Roberts as her secretary of health and human services on Sunday, the state’s incoming leader gave Roberts a clear mission: “We have to commit ourselves to being the national leader in controlling Medicaid costs.”

Why is Medicaid such a big deal, and why is Raimondo focusing on it? Here are 12 facts to help you understand the $2.7-billion-a-year program, its costs and its importance.

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Buddy Cianci spent $981K on mayor’s race

December 8th, 2014 at 1:24 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – In the end, Buddy Cianci’s unsuccessful bid for mayor of Providence cost him just under $1 million.

Cianci reported spending $981,000 – including $200,000 of his own money – during his five-month campaign for the city’s top job, according to a disclosure filed Monday with the R.I. Board of Elections.

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Another Rain and Wind Storm on the Way for Tuesday

December 8th, 2014 at 7:33 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Despite the very cold air greeting us on this Monday morning, we’re tracking a storm system for Tuesday that will bring a soaking rain and gusty winds to our area.  Most of southern New England is now under a FLOOD WATCH.  The coast is also under a HIGH WIND WATCH, for gusts up to 50mph leading to isolated power outages.  temp 2 (mmuscatello v1)

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A storm will ride up the Mid-Atlantic coast, tracking over southern New England through the day.  It’s a set-up that will bring rain to most of southern New England… the exception will be the potential for heavy, wet snow in far western and northern MA.  While the heaviest rain will end Tuesday evening in RI and southeastern MA, the storm stalls over northern New England bringing additional lighter showers to our area through Wednesday and Thursday.temp 2

TIMING: 

6-9am: Steady rain moves in

10am-5pm:  Heaviest rain and strongest wind

7pm Tuesday through Wednesday: Lingering lighter rain showers

 

IMPACTS:

Localized street flooding in the afternoon and evening

Isolated wind damage and power outages near the coast.


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By Tim White

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Orion: A Huge Leap in Space Travel

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After several delays and an eventual scrubbed launch on Thursday, the Orion Spacecraft was once again prepared for a launch on Friday morning. orion_1

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