Julie Taylor left a well-paying corporate job to work on a Rhode Island farm. She and her family are happier, but their health-care coverage took a hit. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

Julie Taylor left a well-paying corporate job to work on a Rhode Island farm. She and her family are happier, but their health-care coverage took a hit. (Frank Carini/ecoRI News)

CHARLESTOWN, R.I. — U.S. health care isn’t designed to ensure individual well-being; it’s about shareholder profit and golden parachutes. The United States spends more on health care than just about any country on the planet, but the results would get most CEOs fired.

About 2 gallons of polychlorinated biphenyls were released during the March 29 natural-gas leak. (ecoRI News)

About 2 gallons of polychlorinated biphenyls were released during the March 29 natural-gas leak. (ecoRI News)

PROVIDENCE — Three state senators want answers on the March 29 natural-gas leak on Allens Avenue. The incident closed Interstate 95 for several hours and released some 19 million cubic feet of natural gas.


Rhode Island Builders Want to Speed Up Approval Process

PROVIDENCE — The legislation is favored by developers who want to make building new homes easier and quicker.


Another Regional Gas Project Moves Ahead Despite Opposition

A pipeline proposed in Berkshire County, Mass., has been met with resistance from environmental activists, a Native American organization and residents of Sandisfield, the small town through which the pipeline would run.

Sea-level rise is accelerating beach erosion in New England, like at Matunuck Beach in Wakefield, R.I. (ecoRI News)

Sea-level rise is accelerating beach erosion in New England, like at Matunuck Beach in Wakefield, R.I. (ecoRI News)

The legislative effort to reverse Rhode Island’s dependence on fossil fuels met resistance and downright contempt during a recent Statehouse hearing. (istock)

The legislative effort to reverse Rhode Island’s dependence on fossil fuels met resistance and downright contempt during a recent Statehouse hearing. (istock)

A new needle arts studio in Portsmouth, R.I., is holding a June 3 event for the public to sew their own reusable bags from T-shirts, in anticipation of the plastic shopping bag ban coming to the Aquidneck Island this fall.

A new needle arts studio in Portsmouth, R.I., is holding a June 3 event for the public to sew their own reusable bags from T-shirts, in anticipation of the plastic shopping bag ban coming to the Aquidneck Island this fall.


Central Landfill Raising Tipping Fees to Save Space

JOHNSTON, R.I. — It's been considered a political third rail for years, but on July 1, Rhode Island Resource Recovery Corporation, the operator of the state's Central Landfill, will be raising tipping fees for the first time since 1992.


Public Piers Planned for Rocky Point and Shooters

PROVIDENCE — Waterfront recreation will be coming back to Rocky Point in Warwick and the former Shooters nightclub site on the city's shoreline.