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Hospitals Hire Temp Workers In Anticipation of Strike

Lifespan, Rhode Island’s largest hospital network, has hired more than 1,000 nurses and other replacement workers for Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital in anticipation of a possible strike Monday.

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This I Believe New England: Persistence

Life is both fragile and unpredictable. That we know. No doubt all of us have dear friends and relatives whose lives changed in a flash as a result of a serious accident or health trauma. Or maybe it's our own lives that pivoted without even a moment's notice.

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Nine medical personnel from the naval station in Newport are in New York to help out following tuesday's attack.

They join 21 doctors, nurses and red cross volunteers from the Rhode Island disaster medical assistance team who arrived in Manhattan yesterday.

Firefighters from Warwick, Pawtucket, Bristol, Newport and other cities have been either called to New York or are waiting on standby. Yesterday 13 firemen from East Providence left for the City.

    Rhode islanders will be marking today as a national day of prayer for the victims of Tuesday?s terrorist attacks at noon. Bells will be rung statewide and Governor Almond is urging employers to allow workers to attend services.

    State leaders including the governor, Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse and members of the state house and senate are hosting a vigil at 8 pm on the statehouse lawn.

    Rhode Islanders are marking today as a National day of prayer for the victims of Tuesday's terrorist attacks.

    Bells will be rung statewide and Governor Almond is urging employers to allow workers to attend services.

    State leaders including the Governor, Attorney General Sheldon Whitehouse and members Of the State House and Senate are hosting A vigil at 8 pm on the State House lawn.

      The Rhode Island National Guard says it is prepared to mobilize its members for recovery and security duties following the devastating terrorist attacks on Tuesday.

      President Bush has said he is considering activating reserves. Guard spokesman, Major Michael McNamara, says Rhode Island?s 3,500 Guard members were alerted on Tuesday that the magnitude of the attacks on the United States might mean that the Guard would need to respond. McNamara says members need to be ready, physically and emotionally.

      Planes are once again flying in and out of T F Green airport but with stricter security procedures in place. Officials say passengers should expect delays and arrive three hours before their scheduled flight times. They also advise passengers tocheck with their airlines to determine which flightswill actually take off or arrive.

      Logan airport in Boston is scheduled to open Saturdaymorning.

        An Amtrak train on its way to Washington from Boston was detained in Providence in conjunction with the FBI investigation into yesterday's terrorist attacks.Providence Police Chief Richard Sullivan says four men were removed from the train and questioned. Some witnesses say they saw six men removed.

        Sullivan says about 40 police officers stopped the train after reports from Amtrak and Boston police of suspicious individuals on board.

        Operators of T.F. Green Airport expect to resume operations today. They are also expecting long delays. Officials say only some flights will get out, because airlines must get planes diverted to other locations back into service. They are asking all travelers to confirm flights with their airline before going to the airport.

        Increased security could also cause delays. Curb-side check in is no longer allowed. Some parking spaces near the airport have been blocked off. Only ticketed passengers will be allowed in the gate areas.

        Officials at T.F.Green Airport in Warwick were awaiting word today on when federal regulators will allow the airport to resume operations. Once the airport opens, long delays are expected. All aiport employees are at work today.

        A Newport Superior Court judge has taken no immediate action on a request to order striking teachers in Middletown back to work.

        Instead, the judge has scheduled a hearing on Friday. More talks are expected before then. The National Education Association of Rhode Island says the next round of bargaining will be at six o'clock tonight.

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