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1:02 pm
Tue July 6, 2010

Amtrak prepares for potential effects of heat wave

Washington – Amtrak says it is prepared to take care of passengers if their trains break down and lose air conditioning amid an intense heat wave along the northeast corridor.

Amtrak announced the plans Tuesday as steamy temperatures were forecast along the nation's busiest passenger rail line.

Extra water is being stored on trains and rescue locomotives are positioned every 30 to 50 miles along the corridor. Mechanical technicians also will ride trains to troubleshoot problems and restart locomotives.

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RIPR News
10:25 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Bristol marks 225th Fourth of July Parade

Providence, R.I. – Tens of thousands of people lined the streets of Bristol Monday to celebrate the town's 225th Fourth of July parade.

The massive celebration lasted over three hours as marching bands, floats, and members of the armed forces streamed passed the crowds.

Although the parade is usually on the fourth of July, town tradition places it on the fifth when the holiday lands on a Sunday.

To hear an audio postcard from the parade, click play above.

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RIPR News
9:50 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Mass. man catches 325 lb. shark

Scituate, Mass. – Just a few days after the Coast Guard issued a shark advisory for northeast waters, a Rockland, Mass. man hauled in a 325-pound thresher shark over the holiday weekend.

Dave Vetelino caught the eight-foot predator while fishing Monday about 30 miles off the coast. He tells The Patriot Ledger it took more than 30 minutes to reel in the beast.

His catch came one week after a Gloucester fisherman caught a great white shark about 20 miles from shore.

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Local Features
9:24 am
Tue July 6, 2010

A look ahead to the Bristol Fourth of July Parade

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Local Features
9:20 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Has Carcieri finally learned the State House game?

Providence, R.I. – WRNI political analyst Scott MacKay explores the eleventh-hour outbreak of cooperation between Republican Carcieri and the Democrats who control the General Assembly.

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WRNI VIDEO
6:25 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Photo Slideshow: Heat sets in

Providence, R.I. – The following gallery was taken midday Tuesday, July 6, 2010, in Kennedy Plaza by James Wyman.The temperature on this day hit 102 degrees, setting a new daily record.

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RIPR News
5:18 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Following legal action, RI districts leave Truancy Court

Providence, R.I. – Four Rhode Island school districts have dropped out of state's Truancy Court program since the American Civil Liberties Union named them in a suit against the system.

The Providence Journal reports more districts could follow because the ACLU is hoping to add plaintiffs from other districts, besides the six they've already named.

The ACLU sued in March, claiming truancy program administrators threatened to arrest or place truant students into state custody.

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RIPR News
5:12 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Whitehouse plans visit to RI job training center

Providence, R.I. – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will be in Rhode Island this week to tour a job training center.

The Democrat is scheduled to visit with staff at the Family Resources Community Action Employment and Training Center in Woonsocket on Tuesday.

Congress adjourned for a weeklong Independence Day recess without extending federal unemployment benefits. Whitehouse's office says the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 5,000 Rhode Islanders will lose unemployment insurance benefits by July 10.

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RIPR News
5:10 am
Tue July 6, 2010

Regional power grid to receive updgrade

Holyoke, Mass. – Potential outages and other disruptions on New England's power grid will be spotted more quickly as the region's grid operator installs new equipment paid for by federal
stimulus money.

ISO-New England says it will use an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install high-speed sensors that monitor voltage and other conditions on the grid. The smart-grid devices will relay information 30 times a second, up from once every four seconds.

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Trinity Rep Radio Theater
12:41 pm
Sun July 4, 2010

Encore: O. Henry

Providence, RI – The program features Curt Columbus , Janice Duclos, Tim Crowe, William Damkoehler and Mauro Hantman, performing and discussing O. Henry's short stories "The Ransom of Red Chief" and "Tobin's Palm."

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