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This I Believe Rhode Island
8:12 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Taking Water for Granted

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RIPR News
3:21 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Health officials conducting rapid food inspections following power outages

PROVIDENCE, RI – An estimated 2,000 local restaurants lost power during Tropical Storm Irene and the Rhode Island Health Department wants to make sure they reopen safely.

Fifteen health officials are conducting rapid food inspections across the state. Eleven health department food inspectors and four volunteers are visiting restaurants to make sure spoiled food is discarded, refrigerators are back up to safe temperatures, and hot and cold water is available.

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Economy
10:03 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Smaller pension checks on the way to Central Falls retirees

Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr.
file photo

PROVIDENCE, RI – When Central Falls receiver Robert Flanders Jr. rolled out proposed cuts to police and fire retirees back in July, he warned that a haircut looked a lot better than a beheading. Now Flanders is backing up that statement by taking more out of retirement checks than first expected.

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Morning News Podcast
8:28 am
Tue August 30, 2011

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Tuesday, August 30, 2011.

Top Stories
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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RIPR News
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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RIPR News
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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RIPR News
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.

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