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

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


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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Elorza: I’ll empower Ethics Commission that’s never met

October 9th, 2014 at 4:55 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza pledged Thursday to jumpstart Providence’s dormant Ethics Commission, a panel that has no members and has never met since it was created by city officials in late 2006.

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Providence Phoenix to publish last issue next week

October 9th, 2014 at 4:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Alt-weekly local newspaper the Providence Phoenix will cease publication next week after more than three decades in Rhode Island, its parent company announced Thursday.

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Cianci rolls out Democratic endorsements for mayor

October 9th, 2014 at 3:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The wide tent that covers Rhode Island’s Democratic Party was on full display Thursday when a group of veteran lawmakers endorsed Buddy Cianci over party standard-bearer Jorge Elorza in the race for Providence mayor.

Cianci, running as an independent, held a press conference on Neutaconkanut Hill in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood to roll out two dozen endorsements from current and former Democratic city councilmen and state lawmakers, including Deputy House Speaker Charlene Lima, a Cranston resident.

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Providence fire union attacks Elorza, praises Cianci in mailer

October 8th, 2014 at 10:29 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Two weeks after endorsing mayoral candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr., the Providence firefighters’ union is taking the fight to Democrat Jorge Elorza.

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Storm Damage This Morning In Western Mass. From A Microburst.

October 8th, 2014 at 6:45 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca…

Numerous showers and thunderstorms this morning between 4am and 8am. Fortunately not severe in Rhode Island, but some were powerful in western Massachusetts. The small town of Easthampton, Mass. had a violent storm pass thru around 4:43am…the damage looked like a tornado, but it was a confirmed “Microburst”.  Unlike the twisting winds of a tornado, a microburst produces straight, linear winds, which can be as strong as a tornado. Wind speed were estimated to be 100 mph in Easthampton, creating widespread tree and powerline damage, A few homes had damage too. Storms in Rhode Island and Southeast Mass. stayed just below severe criteria.

 

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Damage photo from early this morning…winds estimated at 100 miles..just 45 miles from Rhode Island border.

Western Mass Storm Damage

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUBLIC INFORMATION STATEMENT  
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE TAUNTON MA  
434 PM EDT WED OCT 8 2014  
 
…MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ CONFIRMED NEAR  
EASTHAMPTON IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY MA…  
 
LOCATION…EASTHAMPTON IN HAMPSHIRE COUNTY MA  
DATE…OCTOBER 8 2014  
ESTIMATED TIME…453 AM EDT  
ESTIMATED MAXIMUM WIND SPEED…100 MPH  
MAXIMUM PATH WIDTH…0.25 MILE  
PATH LENGTH…1 MILE  
BEGINNING LAT/LON…42.25N / 72.65W  
ENDING LAT/LON…42.25N / 72.65W  
* FATALITIES…0  
* INJURIES…0  
 
* THE INFORMATION IN THIS STATEMENT IS PRELIMINARY AND SUBJECT TO  
CHANGE PENDING FINAL REVIEW OF THE EVENT(S) AND PUBLICATION IN  
NWS STORM DATA.  
   
..SUMMARY
 

 
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN TAUNTON MA HAS CONFIRMED A  
MICROBURST /STRAIGHT LINE WIND DAMAGE/ IN EASTHAMPTON IN  
HAMPSHIRE COUNTY MA ON OCTOBER 8 2014.  
 
A THUNDERSTORM THAT PUSHED ACROSS SOUTH CENTRAL HAMPSHIRE COUNTY  
EARLY WEDNESDAY MORNING DROPPED A STRONG MICROBURST IN EASTHAMPTON  
NEAR THE HOLYOKE LINE. THE MICROBURST BEGAN AT ABOUT 453 AM ON THE  
WEST SIDE OF MOUNT TOM…AND MOVED FROM SOUTH-SOUTHWEST TO NORTH-  
NORTHEAST ALONG THE EDGE OF THE RANGE. DUE TO ITS LOCATION ALONG  
THE RANGE…WIND SPEEDS WERE INCREASED WHICH CAUSED A LARGE SWATH  
OF TREES TO EITHER BE UPROOTED OR SNAPPED. A LARGE AMOUNT OF TREES  
COVERED ROUTE 141/MOUNTAIN ROAD…TRAPPING A FEW CARS ON THE   
ROADWAY.   
 
MOUNTAIN ROAD REMAINS CLOSED DUE TO THE NUMBER OF TREES DOWN ON THE  
ROADWAY. THE MAYOR OF EASTHAMPTON DECLARED A STATE OF EMERGENCY FOR  
THE CITY.  
 
THIS STATEMENT WILL BE UPDATED THIS EVENING IF MORE INFORMATION  
BECOMES AVAILABLE.  
 
THIS INFORMATION CAN ALSO BE FOUND ON OUR WEBSITE AT  
WEATHER.GOV/BOX.  
 
FOR REFERENCE…A MICROBURST IS A CONVECTIVE DOWNDRAFT WITH AN  
AFFECTED OUTFLOW AREA OF LESS THAN 2 1/2 MILES WIDE AND PEAK  
WINDS LASTING LESS THAN 5 MINUTES. MICROBURSTS MAY INDUCE  
DANGEROUS HORIZONTAL/VERTICAL WIND SHEARS…WHICH CAN ADVERSELY  
AFFECT AIRCRAFT PERFORMANCE AND CAUSE PROPERTY DAMAGE. STRAIGHT-  
LINE WINDS ARE GENERALLY ANY WIND THAT IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH  
ROTATION…USED MAINLY TO DIFFERENTIATE THEM FROM TORNADIC WINDS.  
  


Super PAC aiding Gina Raimondo after ban ruled out

October 8th, 2014 at 3:24 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A “super PAC” formed to support Democrat Gina Raimondo announced Wednesday it’s going on the air with a TV ad attacking Republican Allan Fung, just weeks after Raimondo’s campaign refused to discuss a ban on outside spending in the race.

John Marion, executive director of Common Cause Rhode Island, told WPRI.com he was asked by Fung campaign manager Patrick Sweeney to set up a meeting to discuss the possibility of a so-called “People’s Pledge” agreement between the two sides to limit outside spending in the gubernatorial race, but Raimondo campaign manager Eric Hyers refused to discuss the idea when Marion approached him.

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Fung has financial edge over Raimondo in gov race

October 8th, 2014 at 11:12 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Republican gubernatorial nominee Allan Fung is entering the final four weeks of the campaign with a sizable financial advantage over his Democratic rival Gina Raimondo, according to R.I. Board of Elections disclosures filed Tuesday.

Here’s how the money race is playing out for statewide offices on the ballot this year in Rhode Island.

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Cianci has cash lead over Elorza in race for Providence mayor

October 8th, 2014 at 10:28 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Former Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. has raised more than $480,000 and loaned his campaign another $200,000 in his quest to return to his old job, according to a R.I. Board of Elections disclosure filed Tuesday.

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Storms End this Morning

October 8th, 2014 at 7:29 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s been a busy morning tracking some scattered strong storms over southern New England this morning.  They’ve had a history of heavy rain and frequent lightning along with gusty winds.  In our area, the most intense storm moved across New Bedford and Plymouth around 6:30am this morning, and even had some weak rotation noted on radar.

Radar from 6:25am Wed, 10/8

Radar from 6:25am Wed, 10/8

There was a line of severe thunderstorms that moved through parts of western MA and northern CT causing numerous reports of wind damage, including downed trees and power outages.  Winds greater than 50mph reported.  temp 3

Luckily though, there were no “severe” storms in our area.  And the threat of additional severe storms is quickly winding down.  Additional scattered showers, isolated thunder is possible through 9am before skies becoming sunny and dry across the area.  Plan on a warm afternoon with temperatures in the low and mid 70s.  temp 2

 


Update #3: Strong Thunderstorms Early Wednesday Morning…

October 7th, 2014 at 7:16 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Evening from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca.

Still looks like all the ingrediants coming together for a heavy showers and strong thunderstorms early Wednesday morning.  The maps below are generated by high resolution, very detailed computer models called HRRR and RPM.  Both still show narrow lines of  orange and deep red colors, indicating thin lines of strong thunderstorms.  The concern is for “some” storms to bring damaging wind gusts.  The other concern (though chances are very small) is for a brief weak tornado or water spout.  The time table still looks like 5am to 9am before the sun comes out by noon. Even if there are no damaging winds, brief downpours will reduce travel times significantly. Also a coastal flood advisory is in effect at the time of high tide Weds. Morning (8am).  The combination of astronomical higher tides and gusty onshore winds will produce minor water rise on south shore and inside Narragansett Bay

HRRR Model

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RPM Computer Projection Of Future Radar For Early Weds Morning (5am-8am)

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Elorza pitches $5M loan program to rehab vacant homes

October 7th, 2014 at 4:45 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza pledged Tuesday to create a $5 million revolving loan fund aimed at rehabilitating most of the city’s vacant properties within four years, a strategy he argues would improve neighborhoods and boost homeownership in Providence.

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Cianci unveils plan to develop Providence waterfront

October 7th, 2014 at 4:33 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Dusting off a plan he pitched 14 years ago, independent mayoral candidate Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. unveiled Tuesday an ambitious vision for mixed-use development along the city’s waterfront that could include a hotel, sports facilities and a marina along Allens Avenue.

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Clay Pell spent $3.45M of his own cash to run for gov

October 7th, 2014 at 4:16 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Democrat Clay Pell loaned his losing campaign for governor a grand total of $3.45 million by the time all was said and done, according to a R.I. Board of Elections disclosure filed Tuesday.

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Update #2: Storm Potential Early Wednesday Morning.

October 7th, 2014 at 3:43 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good Afternoon from chief meteorologist Tony Petrarca

I am looking at lastest data and coordination discusssions from National Weather Service Taunton Mass

Here are some quick bullet points…A more detailed update coming up this evening. Please refer to Michelle’s previous blog post

Primary concerns:

  • Strong wind gusts (40-60 mph), which could occur even with no thunder.
    • o Down branches and perhaps some down powerlines are possible as trees are still fully leaved.
  • Heavy rainfall (over an inch is possible), with the possibility of typical urban/nuisance flooding.
  • A brief tornado or offshore waterspout is possible.
  • Heavy rainfall/storms will affect the AM commute.

Timing:

  • Mainly between 2 am til 10 am.
  • Particular focus from about 4 AM in the west – 8 AM in the east.

Area of greatest concern:

  • Heavy rain and wind threat is for all of Southern New England.
  • Best chance for tornado: across CT/RI and eastern MA. However still a possibility elsewhere.
  • South Coastal waters have best chance for waterspout.

Minor Coastal Flood Threat:

Strong south winds and building seas will lead to a surge up to a foot around the time of high tide Wednesday morning, which is an astronomically high spring tide.  Therefore, pockets of minor coastal flooding are expected.  A coastal flood advisory has been issued with location along Narragansett Bay being the greatest concern. The time of the high tide in Providence is 8:21 AM.

Despite st0rmy weather early Wednesday morning…It will turn sunny warm and dry by Wednesday Afternoon


NJ Gov. Chris Christie to campaign for Fung in RI

October 7th, 2014 at 10:42 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – One of the nation’s most prominent Republican governors, New Jersey’s Chris Christie, will swing through Rhode Island later this week to campaign for GOP gubernatorial nominee Allan Fung in Johnston and Providence.

Separately, The New York Times reported Tuesday that former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s Independence USA PAC will air TV ads to support Raimondo’s campaign as part of a $25-million push on behalf of centrist candidates nationwide.

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Potentially Strong Storms on Wednesday Morning

October 7th, 2014 at 9:14 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Heads up for early Wednesday: There’s the potential for some strong to severe storms during the morning commute in southern New England.

A strong cold front will approach southern New England with a line of thunderstorms expected to form along the front…. first affecting places like NYC and then heading east.

Simiulated Radar for Wed.

Simulated Radar for 5am Wed. 10/8

Simulated Radar for 9am Wed. 10/8

Simulated Radar for 9am Wed. 10/8

The Storm Prediction Center has highlighted Long Island and parts of CT and RI as having a “slight risk” for severe storms, including a small chance (2%) of a weak tornado.  However, it’s more likely that our area could see some damaging straight line wind gusts, torrential downpours and frequent lightning.  temp 1

Probability of a Weak Tornado

Probability of a Weak Tornado

In addition, there could be some minor coastal flooding around the morning high tide, between 8-9am.   A persistent southerly wind will combine with an astronomical high tide, leading to some minor splash-over in the morning along Narragansett Bay and Buzzards Bay as well as the south coast.


Next Providence mayor expected to face big budget gap

October 6th, 2014 at 5:43 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The next mayor of Rhode Island’s capital city will enter office facing a shortfall of between $15 million and $24 million in his first budget, according to the City Council Ways and Means Committee’s chairman and vice-chairman.

The projection is much higher than one published last spring by the Taveras administration, which said the city’s budget shortfall was expected to be only $2.2 million in 2015-16. At the time, a spokeswoman said the deficit projection amounted to “essentially a balanced budget as it represents less than 0.5% of the budget.”

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• Related: Providence’s troubled city pension fund, in three charts (Oct. 1)


Chafee hails Moody’s upgrade on Rhode Island’s finances

October 6th, 2014 at 5:36 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island got a positive report card about its finances on Monday from Moody’s Investors Service, with the Wall Street rating agency praising local leaders for taking steps they said have improved state government’s fiscal health.

Gov. Lincoln Chafee hailed the news in a statement. “I am pleased that Moody’s is acknowledging our strong fiscal management and my leadership to ensure that we are moving in the right direction through investments in education, infrastructure and workforce development,” he told WPRI.com.

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Providence posts 2nd-biggest jump in advanced degrees

October 6th, 2014 at 12:32 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The share of workers in the Providence metropolitan area who have an advanced degree increased by more than in almost any other region in the country over the past eight years, a new study shows.

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