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11:57 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Rain floods local streets

PROVIDENCE,RI – Some Rhode Island streets are looking more like swimming pools following a heavy downpour this morning. Dana Alexander Nolfe with the Department of Transportation says the last few days of rain have overwhelmed the state's drainage system.

"The volume of water is too great for the drainage," she says. "Think about it as if you have a funnel. If you were going to drop water through the funnel at a rapid pace, there may be spillage from the top."

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10:43 am
Thu September 8, 2011

9/11 Anniversary events

PROVIDENCE, RI – Cities, towns and universities across Rhode Island are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Rhode Island Public Radio has compiled a list, with information, to various events.

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Roger Williams University

Roger Williams University is hosting a series of public events to mark and reflect on the tenth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks.

WHEN: Monday, September 12. Both events are open to the public.

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RIPR News
10:21 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Brown mulls ROTC

PROVIDENCE, RI – Brown university remains undecided about whether to bring the Military Reserve Officer Training Corps back to campus. A committee began looking into the question after the military ended its ban on openly gay service members. The panel did not reach a consensus, saying some members believe discrimination for transgendered people is still a problem in the military.

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8:51 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Chafee seeks federal disaster declaration for agriculture

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Chafee is seeking a federal disaster declaration for agriculture in the wake of Tropical Storm Irene. The Governor has written a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, saying agriculture related businesses suffered severe damage. State officials estimate that 20 to 30 percent of the apple crop in some Rhode Island counties was lost due to the storm. Farmers are expecting a strong apple harvest this year, which may help make up for some of the crops affected by Irene.

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RIPR News
8:46 am
Thu September 8, 2011

State Representative expelled from Republican caucus

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Morning News Podcast
8:23 am
Thu September 8, 2011

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, September 8th, 2011.

RIPR News
5:08 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

RI will review utility response to Irene

Tropical Storm Irene brought trees down on power lines across the state.
Photo by: James Baumgartner

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities says it will conduct a review of how power companies responded to Tropical Storm Irene. And so will Rhode Island's Division of Public Utilities.

The Public Utilities Commission says the division is still crafting the scope and timing of the review, but that it's typical to conduct a probe into how power crews respond after a major outage.

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RIPR News
11:12 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Stanley Cup headed to Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Stanley Cup is coming to Providence Thursday, along with at least two members of the Boston Bruins team which won it this year.

The Cup will be on display at the Convention Center from noon to 2:30 p.m.. The venue seats 11,000 people. The event is free to the public. Providence economic development director Jim Bennett says Governor Lincoln Chafee and Providence Mayor Angel Taveras will speak, along with Bruins player Trent Whitfield and assistant general manager Don Sweeney.

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RIPR News
10:13 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Speaker Fox calls for big change in pensions

PROVIDENCE, RI – House Speaker Gordon Fox says an informational briefing reinforced his belief that Rhode Island's pension system requires big changes.

Legislators filled a ballroom at the Renaissance Providence Hotel to hear two out-of-town speakers talk about pensions and secure retirements. After the event, Fox said that without change growing pension costs will undercut the state's ability to invest in education, infrastructure and other needs.

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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.

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