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."
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.