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Morning News Podcast
9:08 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, September 7, 2011.

This I Believe Rhode Island
8:18 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Families Can Help

RIPR – No one escapes having moments in life when we hear bad news -- sometimes very bad news. A loved one has been in a terrible accident, a relative's house burned down, or a dear friend lets us know she is getting divorced. Whatever the news, we hope we have the wherewithal to make it through the day and endure the challenging long haul. Fifteen-year-old Megan Mowry tells us what helped her weather the tough news that came her way.

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RIPR News
1:51 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Tickets soar with new seatbelt law

Rhode Island's new seat belt law kicked in two months ago, and violations have nearly quintupled.
Photo by Flo Jonic.

Providence, RI – Rhode Island's new seat belt law is having dramatic results. Since it kicked in two months ago, seat belt violations by state police have nearly quintupled. The new law allows police to pull motorists over simply because they aren't buckled up. Previously, police needed another violation to justify a seat belt stop. Rhode Island state trooper Roupen Bastajian has been aggressively enforcing the law. He knows from experience that seat belts save lives.

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RIPR News
1:08 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

DEM advises caution in light of EEE death

PROVIDENCE, RI – The death of a Raynham,Massachusetts man from mosquito borne Eastern Equine Encephalitis or EEE is a reminder for residents to protect themselves. That's according to the Rhode Island Department of Environmental management, which monitors the presence of the virus in mosquito pools across the state.

Al Gettman, DEM's mosquito abatement coordinator, says he hasn't detected any EEE in Rhode Island this year.

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Politics
11:10 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Interview with Colin Kane

What are Colin Kane and the I-195 redevelopment commission planning to do with 20 acres of vacant downtown space?
Photo by Ian Donnis.

PROVIDENCE, RI – Now that Rhode Island has cleared away most of the old I-195 highway, what will become of the 20 acres of vacant land left behind? Governor Lincoln Chafee recently formed a seven-member commission to help answer that question. Rhode Island Public Radio's Ian Donnis sat down with the commission's designated chairman, local developer Colin Kane, to learn more about the commission's plans for the vacant I-195 property.

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Local Features
9:51 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Publishers chronicle the wind energy debate on Block Island

Block Island hotels pay power bills in the tens of thousands.
Photo by: James Wyman

PROVIDENCE, RI – The proposed offshore wind farm expected to start going up in 2013 will affect Block Island residents in a couple of ways - it will lower their power bills but it will also impede their uniquely pristine views. The issue has divided the island into those with bumper stickers supporting the project and the ones worried about what the wind farm will do to the view and the environment.

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RIPR News
9:37 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Power back out for some RI residents

Providence, RI – While power was fully restored by National Grid crews yesterday, it seems to be out again for a number of Rhode Islanders. Nearly 3 thousand customers are without power again this morning. Outages are concentrated in areas around Pawtucket, Barrington, and Kingston, however, small numbers of customers scattered throughout the state are reported to be without electricity.

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Morning News Podcast
9:27 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, September 6, 2011.

Local Features
3:34 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

The Independece Trail by Bumblebee

PROVIDENCE, RI –

Don't have time to walk Providence's new Independence Trail? We'll do it for you. In under two-minutes. With help from a bumblebee and our ace photographer, James Wyman.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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Top Stories
1:08 pm
Mon September 5, 2011

Deepwater Wind starts surveying off Block Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – Deepwater Wind will start surveying the waters off Block Island this week to identify the best place for a planned offshore wind farm.

Deepwater Wind plans to put up a handful of 6MW turbines and run transmission lines from the turbines to Block Island and from Block Island to the mainland. Those cables will be buried six feet under the ocean floor.

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