“Johnson’s Pond is an important community and state resource, and it is imperative that its water is held at reasonable levels in accordance with state law,” said Rhode Island Attorney General Peter F. Neronha. “As alleged by the Department of Environmental Management, the unchecked outflow of water from the pond by Soscia Holdings is not only a detriment to the pond and those who enjoy it, but not in compliance with a recently passed state law intended to protect water levels of dams and reservoirs. The Office will continue to work with DEM to enforce the Immediate Compliance Order against Soscia Holdings to ensure the proper restoration.”

 

 

Hurricane Ian is only 55 miles from the Florida Gulf Coast with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles an hour, just two miles an hour under Category 5 strength. More than a million people are under mandatory evacuation orders with hurricane and storm surge warnings in effect along hundreds of miles on Florida's west coast.       Forecasters say Hurricane Ian could dump heavy rain on Florida for days after it makes landfall later this afternoon or this evening. The storm is expected to slow to a crawl once it comes onshore, pouring out as much as two feet of rainfall in some areas. The National Hurricane Center said on Tuesday that Ian could march through Florida from today through Friday.        The Senate voted on Tuesday to take up a stop-gap bill to keep the government funded through mid-December as a Friday deadlines looms to avoid a shutdown at midnight Friday. The stopgap bill would keep the government running until December 16th.       Voting referendums in Russian-occupied parts of Ukraine appear to have been rigged. CNBC says election officials went door-to-door with portable ballot boxes in occupied regions of eastern Ukraine and that the results show an overwhelming majority voting to become part of the Russian Federation.        Several new California laws expand protection for abortion services and block other states from interfering in California abortions. New legislation Governor Gavin Newsom signed on Tuesday includes protections against being criminalized for pregnancy loss and expanded training options for nurse practitioners and midwives to perform abortions.        McDonald's will soon offer toys in "adult" meal boxes. The idea is to repackage the chain's popular Happy Meal into something for an older audience. Each meal comes with either a Big Mac or ten-piece McNuggets along with fries and a drink and either a Grimace, Hamburglar, Birdie, or Cactus Buddy figurine. The Cactus Plant Flea Market Box will be available starting on October 3rd.