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12:12 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

It's a Sweet America’s Cup Victory for Sail Newport

The latest America's Cup win could mean events like the World Series that sailed off Newport in 2012 could return to Rhode Island.
Credit Bradley Campbell / RIPR

Thursday is an especially sweet day for Sail Newport. It’s not only celebrating the Oracle Team USA win over New Zealand for the America’s Cup, but today is also Sail Newport’s 30th anniversary.

The public sailing center was formed almost immediately after America lost the cup to Australia in the waters off Newport. Sail Newport Executive Director Brad Read couldn’t be more thrilled with the timing of the America’s Cup win.

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RI News
9:14 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Acela Route Through Rhode Island Hits the Brakes

Commuter rails will be running, but service will be delayed.
Credit RIPR FILE

Travelers relying on the Amtrak Acela train from Boston and Providence to New York will need to find another way to travel today.

A power failure is to blame for the cancelation, which might not be fixed for several weeks.

A cable line failure outside of New York City halted commuter trains and Acela traffic during rush hour yesterday afternoon.

Now the Boston to New York Acela route has been canceled, and may not run for the foreseeable future.

The regular Amtrak northeast regional service, is also affected by the problem/

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Politics
8:26 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Teachers Plan Protest of Raimondo Fundraiser

Raimondo will be holding a fundraiser Thursday, which unionized teachers plan to protest.
Credit RIPR FILE

Unionized teachers plan to protest a fundraiser being held to benefit State Treasurer Gina Raimondo this afternoon Thursday.  Providence Mayor Angel Taveras also attracted protestors during a fundraiser earlier this week.

Raimondo is slated to start her day with a speaking appearance sponsored by Brown University’s Office of Women and Medicine in Science. The topic for the talk is: “Making an Impact: How to Think Strategically and Get Results.”

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Health Care
10:05 am
Wed September 25, 2013

UPDATE: Kent County Water Authority Boil Water Advisory Lifted

The Rhode Island Health Department has lifted a boil water advisory for customers of the Kent County Water Authority after a third day of tests showed the water clean of bacteria.   Some 25-thousand customers have had to boil their drinking water since Sunday, when the contamination was discovered in a storage tank. The tank has been taken offline until the source of the contamination is determined.

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Environment
2:56 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Cliff Walk Repairs On Hold As Bid Is Examined

The Cliff Walk in better times, prior to Superstorm Sandy.
Credit RIPR FILE

Repairs to the Cliff Walk in Newport destroyed by Superstorm Sandy are on hold as the Department of Transportation is examining an unusually low bid that has been submitted.

The bid for repairs came at 3 million dollars; about 2 million less than most of the others.

The low amount raised eyebrows, said city official Robert Power, who was worried about the quality of the work.

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Education
2:17 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

Prof. Scoffs at Providence College Nixing Same-Sex Marriage Lecture

Providence College has cancelled a lecture by a Wayne State University philosophy professor who supports same sex marriage. The decision was founded on a belief that Catholic colleges should present both sides of a debate on controversial issues.

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Health Care
2:12 pm
Tue September 24, 2013

First Human Case of West Nile Diagnosed in RI

An Exeter man has been treated for the first human case of West Nile in Rhode Island this year.

The Rhode Island Department of Health said the 33-year-old Exeter man first started developing symptoms on September 11.  Two days later he was at South County Hospital, diagnosed with viral meningitis caused by West Nile Virus. He was released a few days later and is recovering at home.

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Politics
8:48 am
Tue September 24, 2013

State Ethics Committee to Investigate Complaint Against House Speaker Gordon Fox

The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday decided to investigate a complaint filed against House Speaker Gordon Fox. The question is whether Fox needed to disclose legal work done for the City of Providence.

Jason Gramitt, a staff attorney for the Ethics Commission, calls the step taken by the commission "preliminary. The commission only looks at the complaint and decides whether or not it should authorize an investigation, and so that's all they've done. They didn't offer any opinion as to whether the complaint is a good complaint or a bad complaint."

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Environment
4:46 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Schools, Businesses Grapple With Contaminated Water From Kent County

A boil water order remains in effect for 25,000 customers of the Kent County Water Authority after tests showed the water was contaminated with E. coli bacteria

School was held Monday in West Warwick but it wasn’t completely business as usual.  Bottled water was trucked in Sunday afternoon, as soon as school officials learned of the problem with E. Coli bacteria in the water supply. And other changes were made to keep kids safe, according to Kenneth Townsend, the school department’s director of property services.

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Health Care
10:24 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Women and Infants Hospital Hosts Party in Celebration of Premature Babies Now Healthy

Patrick and Riley Yeadon were among about 100 premature babies who celebrated their fourth birthdays Sunday at Women and Infants Hospital.
Credit Flo Jonic / RIPR

Women and Infant’s Hospital held a party for four year olds Sunday.

Janessa Padella is a perfectly normal three year old with curly brown hair and big brown eyes. But when she was born in 2009 she weighed just 14 ounces.  She was the smallest of the premature baby class of 2009 invited to Women and Infant’s Hospital yesterday for a birthday party. Only children who weighed less than two pounds, 12 ounces were invited.

Janessa’s mother, Vannesa Rodriguez, remembers the terror she felt that she might lose her severely underdeveloped child.

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