New panel considers RI historic tax credits, development

January 23rd, 2015 at 12:48 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A Rhode Island Senate commission tasked with studying the challenges of commercial development and redevelopment of historic buildings wants to propose legislative initiatives that will be voted on this year, but it remains unclear if the group will make recommendations on how to address the vacant Superman building in downtown Providence.

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Packing day…

January 23rd, 2015 at 11:01 am by under Patriots, Super Bowl

IMG_2338.JPGIt’s a busy weekend for us at Eyewitness News… Saturday is our Meeting street Telethon (hope you can tune in for a special night ) and Sunday morning our crew heads to Arizona! Got my Gear ready… Packing up the big suitcase today…. Can’t wait…

Waiting on NFL

January 23rd, 2015 at 10:34 am by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl


It’s now day 5 and we are still waiting on the NFL for a deflategate ruling. It may not come until after the Super Bowl, which means we’ll have to talk about this for 9 more days.

You wonder if the NFL has contacted Brady at this point. They should, already.

Saturday’s Storm Update

January 23rd, 2015 at 7:10 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Saturday’s storm will bring a messy mixture of precipitation:  snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain.  Most areas will see a changeover to rain, but a plowable snow is likely across parts of RI.  Roads will likely be messy everywhere on Saturday.  Please drive with extra caution.

At 6:30AM, our storm was organizing over the Southeast United States, tapping moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and the eastern Pacific as it strengthens.


That storm will strengthen and rapidly intensify as it moves from the Carolinas to the Canadian Maritimes on Saturday.  It will undergo a process called “bombogenesis” where the central pressure of the storm drops 24mb in less than 24hours.  While it will be a pretty potent storm, it will be moving too quickly to produce very large snow amounts.


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Saturday Coastal Storm Update

January 22nd, 2015 at 6:46 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Good evening from chief meteorologist Tony R Petrarca..

Coastal storm likely Saturday with a wide variety of weather including wet snow, sleet, rain and gusty winds along the coast.  It does not look like an “all snow” situation due to the lack of widespread cold air. A burst of wet heavy snow starts early Saturday morning, followed by a change to sleet and rain….rain will flip back to snow by late day into Saturday evening.  Storm is still 36 hours away, so a lot can change…I would recommend checking back often now thru Friday night for updates as more data comes in…amounts and location of precipitation may have to be adjusted…

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Deflategate media spectacle

January 22nd, 2015 at 6:12 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, General Talk, Patriots, Super Bowl

An unbelievable media presence in Foxboro today. As deflategate has become a national story. It was standing room only in the press conference room



Brady remains calm under pressure amid ‘Deflategate’

January 22nd, 2015 at 5:42 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

brady deflategatePatriot QB Tom Brady faced the media Thursday afternoon to answer questions about “Deflategate”

The questions ran the gamut: What did you know? How did you not know? Are you a cheater? and so on…

Not only did Brady answer every single questions posed to him, he kept his composure and remained congenial – even after being asked the same question in about 25 different ways. He even went about 10 minutes over passed the time when his handlers firs said “last question,” even shooing them away at times.

I’m a New York girl and by no means a Patriots fan – so I can’t be accused of being a homer – and I will say I was impressed with how patient he was answering the same question over and over. Whether he was telling the truth – who knows.

I’m very interested to see how this all plays out.

Waiting for Brady….

January 22nd, 2015 at 1:34 pm by under Patriots
AP Photo/Charles Krupa

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Now that we have heard from the coach…. It is going to be very interesting to hear what the QB has to say… Tons of media in Foxboro… We will have live coverage … He is expected to speak between 4:15 and 4:30.

You can watch the news conference live on WPRI 12 and streaming on

UPDATED:  Here’s what he said

How the Patriots almost moved to Providence

January 22nd, 2015 at 11:18 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – They could have called it “defect-gate.”

Eighteen years ago this week, then-Providence Mayor Vincent A. “Buddy” Cianci Jr. flew to New Orleans for Super Bowl XXXI with one mission: convince New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft to move his franchise to Rhode Island’s capital city.

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Awaiting Belichick

January 22nd, 2015 at 9:19 am by under Patriots

A huge national media contingency at Gillette today awaiting Bill Belichick’s first deflategate comments


Thursday Morning Update on Weekend Storm

January 22nd, 2015 at 9:09 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Our computer models are still showing an impressive storm off the coast of New England on Saturday and Saturday night.  For the first time this winter, ingredients are coming together for a winter storm, complete with accumulating snow and strong north-northeasterly winds to impact New England.  The storm looks to rapidly intensify as it passes southeast of Nantucket, with some of the model guidance showing the pressure dropping an impressive 40mb in just 24hours.  That’s what meteorologists call “bombogenesis” (when a storm’s pressure falls at least 24mb in 24hrs).

As Pete Mangione blogged about yesterday, despite the intensity of the storm, we’re not sold on a “blockbuster” winter storm with “major” snowfall totals.  The reason is that there is not a lot of cold air to work with.  It’s likely that temperatures will be warm enough for at least some of the storm to fall as rain during the day Saturday.  When we do get snow it will be heavy and wet.  Right now the best chance of accumulating snow will come Saturday evening and night.

There are also still questions about the storm track.  A storm that tracks closer to the coast would bring in warmer air and support more rain mixing in… while a farther away track will lead to more snow.  It it tracks too far south, though, we could just get “grazed” by the storm.

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Based on the latest data I’ve been looking at this morning, it’s likely that parts of our area will see enough snow to plow and shovel.  Right now, the best shot at that will be north and west of Providence, with lesser amounts due to a longer period of rain near the coast.  temp 2 (mmuscatello v1)

It’s still too early to give out exact numbers with so many variables still up in the air, but I’m leaning towards less than 6″ of snow with this storm.

In addition, winds will strengthen through Saturday, especially near the coast.  Winds could gust 45-55mph by Saturday night at the shore.  While not a widespread issue, we may see isolated power outages where the gusty winds combine with the heavy, wet snow weighing down tree limbs and power lines.

Hashtag: InflateThis

January 21st, 2015 at 7:05 pm by under Patriots

Amusing counter attack takes to Twitter via #inflatethis.  Looking like this is Brandon Browner’s brainchild.

Saturday storm likely, but what kind?

January 21st, 2015 at 5:50 pm by under Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

While it’s still possible this it stays offshore and is a complete miss, new data coming in this afternoon supports the idea of a likely storm on Saturday.  However, the type of storm will have a huge impact on how “big of a deal” this ends up becoming.  It does appear that something will be falling from the sky; but this storm could end up being all snow, or a snow/sleet/rain mix.

We use many different computer models to forecast storms, and the European is one of the more reliable models when we are still several days away from the actual storm.  Here is a snapshot of what the European model is forecasting for Saturday.  The orange color represents liquid precipitation of .75″ to 1.o”.  Assuming that the snow is not too wet, that could easily equate to 6 to 12 inches of snow.


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But I am not completely sold on a big snowstorm just yet because temperatures may be borderline between snow, sleet, and even plain rain.  Below is a forecast map right around the height of the storm;  this is actually a snapshot of several thousand feet above the surface.


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To get snow, you usually need all layers of the atmosphere to be below freezing.  In the map above, the blue colors are below freeing (o° Celsius).  Notice that this is a very close call.  The freezing line seems to run right through Providence; this would give areas north and west of Providence all snow, areas south and east of Providence a messy mix, and Providence itself a toss up.  Another complication is that if the precipitation comes down hard enough, it can essentially cool itself off to below freezing levels, even if the layer is initially above freezing.

Keep in mind, the above 2 graphics come only from one computer model, so we can’t lock in on just this solution.  At this point, we know that this COULD become our first big snowstorm (6+ inches) of the season, but it could also end up a messy mix that give us no accumulation or just a few inches.

Timing: Based on current information, the storm would start on Saturday morning, but not become heavy until Saturday afternoon and evening…the worst would move out Saturday night.  But unfortunately, timing is also subject to change.  Please stay tuned as we get more information in the coming days.




Westward Ho! Eyewitness News headed to AZ

January 21st, 2015 at 2:05 pm by under Eyewitness Sports, Patriots, Super Bowl

As the Patriots continue the quest for a fourth championship berth, Eyewitness News is going along for the ride. We’ll be covering Super Bowl XLIX live from Arizona beginning Sunday, January 25. Luckily I’ll be going along to field produce for the on-air crews, as well provide digital coverage of the festivities.wpri super bowl gear

Going live on location with three different crews – and 8 people total – isn’t a simple task. The planning began before the Patriots’ win over Indianapolis and picked up in earnest in the last few days. Hotel and plane reservations have been made; credentials have been submitted; satellite time has been booked; cars have been rented. That’s just a few of the tasks – the list is actually quite staggering.  Read the rest of this entry »

Gorbea hires former US Attorney to handle Corso case

January 21st, 2015 at 11:45 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea has hired former Rhode Island U.S. Attorney Robert Corrente to handle a complaint filed by a Providence attorney who was fined for not registering as a lobbyist for 38 Studios.

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2nd taxpayer-backed loan from 38 Studios program in trouble

January 20th, 2015 at 6:00 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Top state officials have been put on notice about problems with another taxpayer-backed loan that was given out through the same program that backed Curt Schilling’s 38 Studios, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

The R.I. Commerce Corporation sent a formal notification to the governor’s office Dec. 17 disclosing “an insufficiency of funds to pay the full principal amount” on a $4-million loan taken out in 2011 by The Corporate Marketplace Inc. The Commerce Corp. used its Job Creation Guaranty Program to effectively co-sign on the loan.

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Bit of Snow on Thursday

January 20th, 2015 at 3:09 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Although it won’t be a major storm, we could be seeing a bit of snow Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  It could be enough to create some slick spots, too.   Generally a coating of snow will fall, but a maximum of one inch could fall in some spots.

An Alberta Clipper will work across the Midwest on Wednesday.  As it does so, an area of low pressure will develop off the North Carolina coastline.  This low moves northeast Wednesday night and Thursday morning, passing southeast of New England.

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Weekend Storm Potential

January 20th, 2015 at 12:49 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

It’s been a relatively quiet winter so far, with either wind-swept rain storms or minor bouts of snow (just 4.2″ total snow at TF Green since December 1 ).  Is that finally going to change?  That’s the big question…. and our computer models are at least giving us something to watch for the weekend.

First up… it’s “same old same old” with another low pressure center mostly missing our area mid-week… delivering a batch of clouds and snow showers/flurries late Wednesday night into Thursday.  Little to no accumulation is expected with this.

The storm that is of more interest is a system that could develop in the Gulf of Mexico before moving off the mid-Atlantic coastline Saturday morning and passing southeast of Nantucket by Saturday evening/night.  There’s still a lot of uncertainty with the track, intensity and timing of the storm… but the computer models have trended closer and stronger over the last 24 hours.

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 At this point, I wouldn’t get too excited as it could pass well out to sea, but it does need to be monitored in the coming days.  Depending on the track, we could also see a mix with or change to sleet and rain in RI and southeastern MA.

And if you’re a fan of the European model… the 00z run overnight had another, even stronger storm impacting our area on Tuesday of next week.  So far, it doesn’t have much support from the other models.


ESPN host Mike Greenberg dismisses Patriots scandal

January 20th, 2015 at 10:57 am by under Patriots

ESPN radio’s Mike Greenberg was quick to dismiss the NFL’s investigation of the Patriots deflated ball scandal today when he was a guest on CBS This Morning.  He refused to “entertain this conversation”. Watch his take.  The CBS This Morning crew also discuss the  best-selling novelist’s new book, “My Father’s Wives.”


Report: Deborah Gist a finalist for Tulsa superintendent’s job

January 20th, 2015 at 10:26 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island Education Commissioner Deborah Gist is a finalist for the school superintendent’s job in her hometown of Tulsa, Okla., according to a report in the Tulsa World.

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State funding for RI colleges up 10.8% since 2010

January 19th, 2015 at 2:38 pm by under General Talk

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island has upped funding for its three public colleges 10.8% since 2010, the second-largest increase in New England, according to a report released Monday by Illinois State University and the State Higher Education Executive Officers.

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Lifespan: Charity care down by half thanks to Obamacare

January 19th, 2015 at 12:26 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island’s biggest hospital chain is already seeing a positive financial impact from President Obama’s health law, has learned.

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Watch for Black Ice This Morning

January 19th, 2015 at 6:43 am by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Monday morning’s early commute is proving to be very difficult with icy road conditions due to black ice developing.  It’s happening even though temperatures through the night have stayed mostly above freezing.  The cold stretch of weather last week, means that the ground is frozen and so pavement temperatures are at or below freezing. The result has been numerous patches of ice reported across the southern New England.  Use extra caution traveling this morning, go slow and allow for more space than usual between you and the vehicle in front of you.

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The risk of black ice will diminish after 8am this morning as the sun will help to melt the ice and gusty west winds will dry the damp roads.

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The early money: Pats favored?

January 19th, 2015 at 12:25 am by under Patriots, Super Bowl
Vegas oddsmakers have Seahawks-Patriots as a pick'em. (

Vegas oddsmakers have Seahawks-Patriots as a pick’em. (

Our crew around here likes the Pats chances against the Seahawks, but what about Vegas? The early money in Las Vegas is on the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl XLIX.

The Patriots opened up as a 2.5-point underdog at the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, however, that number was bet down to a pick’em less than an hour after the opening line went live.

The Patriots are now even favored by as much as one point at several Vegas sports books.

Black Ice Potential Monday Morning

January 18th, 2015 at 11:30 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As the rain heads out of Southern New England, colder temperatures will return.  Temperatures will fall into the 30s overnight in Providence.


Areas north and west of Providence could get temperatures at or below freezing toward dawn.  With moisture on the roads from the rain, we could see some ice.  Any untreated surfaces could be icy.  Please drive and walk with extra caution.


 Detailed 7 Day  » Current Conditions » Radar » Severe Weather » Closings » Signup for Alerts & Closings » Hurricane Tracker » Storm Ready Resource Guide » Severe Weather » Ocean » -Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

Bursting It Wide Open

January 18th, 2015 at 9:50 pm by under Patriots

Only ten points separated the Patriots and Colts when they came out of the locker room for the second half – but it didn’t stay that way for long.

New England once again brought out the creativity that helped them take down the Ravens last week. After engineering a 71-yard drive to get into the red zone, offensive tackle Nate Solder checked in as an eligible receiver – and receive he did. The big man pulled in a 16-yard touchdown pass from Brady, the first of his career.

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

AP Photo/Matt Slocum

The following drive for Indy ended in a 3 and out – and the Patriots continued to pile it on. Gronk pulled in yet another touchdown to give the team a commanding 31-7 lead. But alas – they weren’t done.

The Colts’ next drive was again cut short by a Darrelle Revis interception, which culminated in another rushing touchdown for Blount. That marked his sixth postseason touchdown – topping Antoine Smith for the franchise record.

Staying in Control

January 18th, 2015 at 8:50 pm by under Patriots
AP Photo/Julio Cortez

AP Photo/Julio Cortez

The Colts had one of the most powerful offenses in the NFL this season, and the Patriots defense was again able to keep them relatively quiet in quarter #2.

A Patriots drive was cut short when a pass intended for Rob Gronkowski was picked off by D’Qwell Jackson. Much like the Patriots did in the first quarter, the Colts took the mistake and got 7 points out of it in the form of a 1-yard run by RB Zurlon Tipton.

New England immediately stormed back with a 65-yard drive of their own – but failed to put the ball in the end zone despite numerous attempts.

The drive ended with a short FG by Stephen Gostkowski, and the Patriots went into the locker room up 17-7.

Special Weather Statement from NWS

January 18th, 2015 at 8:39 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

Special Weather Statement from the National Weather Service:







-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

8PM Radar Check

January 18th, 2015 at 8:13 pm by under General Talk, Tony's Pinpoint Weather Blog

As of 8pm, a thin line of heavy rain and strong, gusty winds was working through parts of Rhode Island.  Brief street flooding and poor drainage flooding is possible with this rain.  Arrival time in Foxboro is between 8:30 and 9:15PM.


-Meteorologist T.J. Del Santo

Capitalizing on Mistakes

January 18th, 2015 at 7:48 pm by under Patriots

Fifteen minutes of football are behind us in the AFC Championship, and New England is in the driver’s seat.

After a pair of failed drives from both teams, the Patriots caught a break early on when Josh Cribbs muffed a punt and it was recovered by Darius Fleming at the Colts 26. The Patriots took advantage of the good field position and went up 7-0 with a short touchdown run from LeGarrette Blount.

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

AP Photo/Charles Krupa

Looking to recover, the Colts put together a quick drive and set up a 51-yard field goal for former Patriot Adam Vinatieri – and he kicked it wide right. New England again drove down the field and were able to capitalize off another Indianapolis mistake in the form of a touchdown pass to FB James Develin. It was the Brown University alum’s first touchdown reception, and it came at a great time, putting the Patriots up 14-0.

Tom Brady added more postseason passing yards to his resume, which once again put him on top of Peyton Manning for the most in NFL history.