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5:23 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Rhode Islanders cope with power outages

National Grid spokesman Tim Horan briefs the media at the state's Joint Information Center in Cranston
Photo by Ian Donnis

Providence, RI – As roughly 270,000 utility customers remain without power in Rhode Island, they're dealing with the situation in different ways.

Michelle Katafiasz was sitting with a neighbor on the front stoop of her home on Thames Street in Bristol. Katafiasz is disappointed she has to throw out a lot of food since she lost power. But she's keeping an upbeat attitude on getting by without her usual supply of electricity.

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5:16 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

First day of school delayed for many cities and towns

PROVIDENCE, RI – Schools across the state are pushing back the first day of classes in response to power outages caused by Tropical Storm Irene.

North Kingston Pawtucket schools won't open until Thursday. Children kindergarten through ninth grade will also start school on Thursday in Cumberland, followed by high school students the following day. Cranston and Providence students will start school on Wednesday.

While in Warwick and West Greenwich, officials are still undecided on the first day of school.

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5:08 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Boil water advisory for 6 water systems

PROVIDENCE, RI – By MEGAN HALL
About a thousand Rhode Islanders are affected by a precautionary boil water advisory for six small water systems across the state. Annemarie Beardsworth with the Department of Health says power outages at the pumping stations have led to lower water pressure.

"When you have lower pressure in the water system, there is an increased chance that bacteria or other contaminants might get sucked into the system," she says.

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4:55 pm
Mon August 29, 2011

Food safety after the storm

Providence, RI – By Ian Donnis
The Rhode Island Department of Health is reminding residents to be careful about eating refrigerated food if they lost power during the storm.

When in doubt, throw it out. That's the Health Department's advice for anyone unsure about their unrefrigerated food. As a rule, food will be OK for about four hours following a power outage if the door stays closed. A full freezer will hold a safe temperature for about two days, one day if the freezer is half full.

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Story Corps
10:48 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Denise Arsenault and Andre Desaulniers

Denise Arsenault and Andre Desaulniers

PROVIDENCE, RI – Denise talks to her father Andre, who was in the Navy during World War II, about meeting his wife and her mother.

Story Corps
10:26 am
Sat August 27, 2011

Jessica Calvino and Eva Anderson

Jessica Calvino and Eva Anderson

PROVIDENCE, RI – Eva asks her step daughter, Jessica, to describe how she got over her addiction to heroin.

RIPR News
9:46 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Master Class in session at 2nd Story Theater

Master Class at 2nd Story Theater in Warren.
Photo courtesy of Bill Gale.

PROVIDENCE, RI – At 2nd Story Theatre in Warren, artistic director Ed Shea has changed what he calls the audience's "participation" in the play. Bill Gale took a look at that and the new production of "Master Class."

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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7:26 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Political Roundtable with GOP Chairman Ken McKay

GOP Chairman Ken McKay
Photo by Ian Donnis

PROVIDENCE, RI – The I-195 panel moves ahead, as does Governor Chafee's fight against the death penalty. That's part of the discussion on Political Roundtable. This week we welcome in Erika Niedowski, a Providence-based reporter with the Associated Press. And our special guest is State Republican Chairman Ken McKay.

Do you have insight or expertise on this topic? Please email us, we'd like to hear from you. news@wrni.org.

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6:49 am
Fri August 26, 2011

Forecasters predict Hurricane Irene to strike Sunday morning

Hurricane Irene is expect to hit Rhode Island Sunday morning, with sustained winds of 74 mph.
Image via National Weather Service

PROVIDENCE, RI – Weather forecasters now predict that Hurricane Irene could hit Rhode Island as soon as Sunday Morning. The state will most likely be on the windward side of the storm.

Meteorologist Matt Doody from the National Weather Service says Irene should decrease to a Category 1 storm by the time it reaches Southern New England. But Doody warns that such a storm will still cause damage, as the New England coastline will take the brunt of its power.

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4:11 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

2nd Story Theatre presents the diva of diva's

Gloria Crist as Maria Callas; Charlie Elder as Manny, in ?Master Class.?
Photo by: Richard W. Dionne, Jr.

PROVIDENCE, RI – At 2nd Story Theatre in Warren artistic director Ed Shea has changed what he calls the audience's "participation" in the play. Bill Gale checked out the new layout and the new production of "Master Class," a look at opera diva Maria Callas.

At 2nd Story these nights there's a whole new look. Artistic leader Ed Shea has bolted from his years-long theater-in-the-round motif. Audience members once again, sit facing the stage. The proscenium is back. And it's welcome.

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