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8:39 am
Tue April 13, 2010

Conservatives energized for 2010 election

Providence, RI – "When we came in here it was very rough, so I've redone the kitchen and bathroom," says William Felkner, founder of the Ocean State Policy Research Institute, during a tour of his office. "I feel like I'm on a home network show. But that's pretty much the office."

Felkner founded OSPRI in 2007. Because of its improbable location, it quickly became associated with the name John Galt, a symbol of capitalist power in conservative icon Ayn Rand's novel, Atlas Shrugged.

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RIPR News
8:52 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Scott MacKay on a "listless legislative session"

Providence, RI – So far, the Assembly has elected a new Speaker, Rep. Gordon Fox of Providence, and held a slew of hearings. Saints Patrick and Joseph have been toasted, the local basketball teams have been honored and several sessions were cancelled while half the state was under water.

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RIPR News
8:51 am
Mon April 12, 2010

Holocaust victims remembered at Providence service

Providence, RI – His letters to his parents during the six months he spent there form the basis of "Hidden Letters," a book written by his first cousin, Deborah Slier, who spoke at Providence's annual Holocaust Remembrance event a the Temple Emnauel yesterday.

"It is important to stand up and be counted," she said. "It is important to help your neighbor."

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RIPR News
4:59 pm
Fri April 9, 2010

Political Roundtable: April 9, 2010

Providence, RI – Rhode Island's road to recovery from the flood. That's part of the discussion this week on Political Roundtable.

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RIPR News
8:56 am
Fri April 9, 2010

Checking back in after the flood

Cranston, RI – In this story, WRNI reporter Flo Jonic revisits one woman she met at the height of the flood and introduces us to two more in the hard hit Perkins Avenue neighborhood of Cranston.

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RIPR News
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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