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Morning News Podcast
7:15 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, March 29, 2011.

Local Features
5:30 am
Tue March 29, 2011

One Year After the Flood: Aster Street

Bill Place, the Owner of Quality Tile in West Warwick, takes a call in his newly renovated show room.
By Megan Hall

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL
It's been a year since the floods. And while homes and businesses were flooded out across the state, the Pawtuxet River caused the most damage in places like Aster Street in West Warwick, where businesses are still slowly recovering.

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RIPR News
6:15 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

More Rhode Islanders affected by contaminated pastries

Providence, RI – The number of people affected by contaminated pastries from DeFusco's Bakery is now up to 33.

The Department of Health says they reported symptoms related to salmonella poisoning after eating Zeppoles from the Johnston bakery. Of those, seventeen have been hospitalized.

The Health Department expects more reports of the food borne illness throughout the week.

Symptoms of Salmonella poisoning include diarrhea, abdominal cramps, and fever.

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RIPR News
4:48 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

RI unsure about radioactive particles in water

Providence, RI – By MEGAN HALL

Rhode Island's Health Department doesn't know if the nuclear fallout in Japan has affected Rhode Island's water system. That's because the Ocean State no longer tests for radioactive particles in its drinking water.

Annemarie Beardsworth with the Rhode Island Department of Health says based on the information the state does have, residents don't need to worry.

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RIPR News
4:38 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Clergy sex abuse victims want names released

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse are calling on Providence Catholic bishop Thomas Tobin to come clean with the names of accused priests.

In 2007, officials with the diocese of Providence disclosed in court documents that 125 priests had been accused of child sexual abuse since 1971. The names of only 29 have been disclosed. Now, Anne Barrett Doyle of BishopAccountability.org is demanding the names of the other 96 be released.

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RIPR News
4:36 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Another potential owner for Landmark

Providence, RI – Another company out of Tennessee is interested in buying Landmark Medical Center in Woonsocket. Transition Healthcare from Nashville confirmed today that it hopes to make a bid on the financially troubled hospital.

Transition is no stranger to the Woonsocket based medical center. Last year the hospital management company took Landmark to court, arguing it should have a chance to buy the hospital.

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RIPR News
3:10 pm
Mon March 28, 2011

Public employee pensions up for review at budget hearings

Providence, RI – Increased pension contributions from public-sector employees will be on the agenda when the House Finance Committee resumes budget meetings tomorrow.

Governor Lincoln Chafee wants state workers and teachers to contribute a little fewer 12 percent of their pay toward their state pensions. State workers currently contribute just under nine percent, while teachers pay nine-point-five percent toward their pensions.

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RIPR News
9:29 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Langevin encourages student action against cyberbullying

Providence, RI – Congressman Jim Langevin will meet with students at Ferri Middle School in Johnston today to raise awareness about cyberbullying.

Langevin will talk with 8th grade students about the impact of cyberbullying and challenge them to start a campaign against it.

A new committee on cyberbullying has proposed legislation that requires training for teachers to help them respond to students who claim they're being targeted.

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8:44 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Brown study finds floodplain development worsened 2010 floods

2010 flooding in Rhode Island.

Providence, RI – Who can forget the sight of the Pawtuxet River spilling its banks, leaving in its wake a soggy trail of homes and businesses. roads and bridges? According to a new report out of Brown University's Center for Environmental Studies, the flood was caused by a confluence of factors.

Days of constant rain were only part of the problem, according to a Brown's investigation. The Center for Environmental Studies reports that development of the Pawtuxet River floodplain over a period of decades contributed to the disaster.

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Scott MacKay Commentary
4:55 am
Mon March 28, 2011

R.I. floods one year later

Providence, RI – This week marks one year since the devastating March floods of 2010. WRNI looks back at last spring's floods in a week-long series of reports. Scott MacKay kicks off our coverage with this essay.

It is fashionable in some political circles to blame the federal government for all of our nation's ills. But there are times when there is nothing like a strong national government.

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