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11:26 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Warwick sending relief to residents needing to flush

PROVIDENCE, RI – The Warwick Sewage Authority has received enough calls from desperate residents that it's sending temporary power crews to people needing to pump out toilet water.

Most of the homes in the Apponaug neighborhood have these grinder pumps that help with wastewater disposal. Grinder pumps store enough water for three to four days of flushing and they run on electricity.

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Morning News Podcast
8:09 am
Thu September 1, 2011

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Thursday, September 1, 2011.

RIPR News
6:17 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Whitehouse visits Pakistan and troops in Afghanistan

PROVIDENCE, RI – U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse has returned from a trip to Pakistan where he talked with top officials about blocking the supply of fertilizer being used in bombs killing troops in Afghanistan. According to U.S. military officials, 80 percent of the homemade bombs killing hundreds of troops are made with ammonium nitrate fertilizer from Pakistan.

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Top Stories
5:57 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

Large diesel spill in East Providence

One of two dikes built by crews to contain diesel spill
Photo by Megan Hall

PROVIDENCE, RI – Clean up crews are responding to a more than 20 thousand gallon diesel fuel spill near Pier Road in East Providence. Construction workers ruptured a fuel line causing the oil to spew 30 feet in the air.

East Providence Fire Marshal Captain Oscar Elmasian only gave reporters a moment to glance at the diesel spill. "This is dangerous, we gotta leave, this is bad stuff," he says.

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RIPR News
5:22 pm
Wed August 31, 2011

For the powerless, patience wearing thin

PROVIDENCE, RI – By FLO JONIC
The number of Rhode Islanders without power has dropped below 100,000 for the first time since Sunday. National Grid says roughly 81,000 homes and businesses remain in the dark, down from 331,000 at the height of Tropical Storm Irene. And people still without power are losing patience.

Denise Testa has been without power in her North Smithfield home since Sunday morning. Since her artesian well operates with electricity, she's also without water.

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RIPR News
10:53 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Westerly Hospital explores affiliation in Connecticut

Providence, RI – Westerly Hospital has taken the first step towards affiliating with a medical center in Connecticut. Westerly has signed a non-binding letter of intent to form a strategic alliance with Lawrence and Memorial Hospital in New London.

The two hospitals will spend the next few months discussing what that "strategic alliance" means. Depending on feedback from medical staff, lawyers, and the community they could merge, form an alliance, or choose some other way to work together.

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Morning News Podcast
8:33 am
Wed August 31, 2011

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Providence, RI – Listen to the Morning News Podcast for Wednesday, August 31, 2011.

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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