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8:54 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Islamic school faces challenges after flood

West Warwick, RI – "I still have nightmares," she said. "And actually every time I step foot in the school, it actually has affected me."

The damage is considerable. A layer of black sludge covers the floors, which will probably have to be replaced. Earlier this week, teachers wearing masks and plastic bags over their shoes picked through the wreckage to see what they could salvage. One teacher says she lost everything in her first grade classroom.

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RIPR News
9:33 am
Thu April 8, 2010

In flood's wake, health threats loom

Alex Nunes

West Warwick, RI – "Between the sewage and the oil spills and the rest, you can really smell it in the air," Hayes says. "Doesn't seem that healthy, does it?"

His crew spent this past Monday inside the building, power washing and bleaching everything. Outside, most of the contaminated sludge had dried up; dust was blowing through the air.

Hayes says the potential effect the flooding could have on his health is not his primary concern right now.

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Arts & Culture
12:14 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

This I Believe - Rhode Island: Poetry

Providence, RI – One of the joys of living in Rhode Island is that we're surrounded by remarkably creative artists and their often provocative words, images, and sounds. As Lynnie Gobeille tells us, sometimes we can find the fruits of artists' labor in some very unlikely spots in the Ocean State.

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RIPR News
9:08 am
Tue April 6, 2010

Businesses hit hard by RI flooding

Cranston, RI – "We've been here since 1960, and we never had a puddle in our driveway," Schoeninger says.

Now, though, Schoeninger is wrestling with sadness and anger while trying to oversee the cleanup from the flood. His is just one of a string of industrial businesses along Worthington Road in Cranston.

"The inside of my building filled up with six feet of water," he says breaking down. "I lost everything. My business is done."

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RIPR News
9:15 am
Mon April 5, 2010

Residents begin rebuilding after record flood

Providence, RI – Federal officials declared the entire Ocean State a disaster area following last week's flooding. That should provide aid for thousands of Rhode Islanders who now face the daunting task of rebuilding. WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison reports.

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RIPR News
9:15 am
Mon April 5, 2010

State has highest bonded indebtedness

Providence, RI –
Our state's bonded debt has ballooned from about $1.3 billion in 2002, Governor Lincoln Almond's last year in office, to roughly $2 billion in the fiscal year that begins this July.

Nobody at the State House or in the state's business community ever talks about this burden on our state's taxpayers. It is so much easier to blame employee pensions and health care benefits for bankrupting the state.

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RIPR News
5:01 pm
Fri April 2, 2010

Political Roundtable: April 2, 2010

Providence, RI – The record flooding along the Pawtuxet River is part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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RIPR News
9:25 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Flooding threatens infrastructure in Coventry

Coventry, RI – WRNI's Elisabeth Harrison reports from Coventry, where evacuations took place this week and concerns have been raised about some of the town's infrastructure.

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RIPR News
9:18 am
Fri April 2, 2010

Delegation promises federal assistance

Providence, RI – Her visit comes as many Rhode Islanders are still bailing out soggy basements, struggling to re-open businesses, and assessing damage to bridges, roads and dams.

Yesterday, the state's congressional delegation promised to secure as much federal assistance as possible. WRNI's Flo Jonic reports.

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RIPR News
9:30 am
Thu April 1, 2010

Warwick, Cranston hit hard by flooding

Alex Nunes

Providence, RI – Three days of steady rain caused the Blackstone River to swell dramatically - sending waves of water crashing down Valley Falls in the town of Cumberland, just north of Providence. About a dozen people watched in awe.

Among them, Laurie Lefebvre of Cumberland, who was stunned by the sight.

"This might impress some of these young guys out here that don't underestimate mother nature," she said. "Mother of all mothers."

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