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RIPR News
2:36 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

National Grid sees 2nd highest spike in demand for natural gas

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – National Grid says the recent cold snap triggered the company's second highest demand for natural gas in one day.

The bitter cold that blanketed the northeast prompted deliveries of 4.55 billion cubic feet of natural gas from 10:00AM Sunday morning and 10:00AM Monday. One billion cubic feet can satisfy Delaware's need for natural gas for a week.

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This I Believe Rhode Island
12:40 pm
Tue January 25, 2011

Postcards

WRNI – The most meaningful events in our lives often take years to unfold, and the tales we tell each other about them typically are filled with nuance, intrigue . . . and lots of details. But as Liz Richards reminds us, sometimes we can share our stories in powerful ways with very few words.

Richards is the Artistic Director at the Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts. She reports that her responsibilities range from being an arts maven to a policy wonk, and from educator to custodian. Richards lives in Warwick with her fiance, Jake.

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Morning News Podcast
11:58 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, January 25, 2011.

RIPR News
7:59 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Providence's Latino doctors

Providence, RI – Most conversations about health care in the Latino community focus on low income immigrants struggling to get the medical attention or translation services they need. But what about the Latinos on the other side of the stethoscope?

In our ongoing series "Providence, Mi Ciudad," WRNI's health care reporter Megan Hall has this profile of a local pediatrician from Venezuela.

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Economy
7:13 am
Tue January 25, 2011

100+ to be laid off in Sam's Club re-design

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Sam's Club store in Warwick is closing for a major redesign. As a consequence, the store's 113 employees will be laid off.


A spokesman for the Walmart corporation says they'll be given 60 days of pay plus severance and will be considered for openings in other stores.


The company has not said how long the remodel will take. But in the meantime, Sam's Club members can use the store in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

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RIPR News
7:10 am
Tue January 25, 2011

Gist responds to diploma system critics

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – State Education Commissioner Deborah Gist disputes the claim that 90 percent of black and Hispanic students would get no diploma or a partially proficient one under a new system.


She says the coalition of groups that spoke out at a press conference yesterday has mis-characterized the basic Rhode Island diploma created under the system.

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Local Features
1:40 pm
Mon January 24, 2011

The Latino immigration and the new Providence

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – We are in the middle of yet another movement in the ethnic, immigrant ballet that has defined Providence for centuries and will shape our state's capital city for decades to come.

Latinos from around the globe have settled here. They speak a different language, but in so many ways their lives are similar to the earlier immigrants from Ireland and Scotland, Italy and Portugal, Canada and Cape Verde.

When it comes to immigration, everything old really is new again.

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Top Stories
11:15 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Providence: Mi Ciudad

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Today, WRNI begins a week long series on Providence rising Latino community. We'll look at the mark this group has already made on political life, health care, media and even fast food. But we begin with a conversation on how Latinos took root in the city and what could be in store for this growing population. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison spoke to Jorge Elorza, a law professor, Providence Housing Court judge and co-chair of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University.

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Morning News Podcast
9:30 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Monday, January 24, 2011

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Listen to the WRNI Morning News Podcast for Monday, January 24, 2011.

RIPR News
7:20 am
Mon January 24, 2011

City begins to repair potholes

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Arctic cold notwithstanding, the city of Providence says its maintenance crews will begin repairing potholes today.


Mayoral spokeswoman Melissa Withers says the city has received 25 to 30 reports of potholes but there are surely hundreds more.


They're caused, she says, by a freeze-thaw pattern and by snow storms.


"Plowing is tough on the streets," she says. "If there's any surface irregularity, the plow will catch that and dig in and make a pot hole."

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