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2:51 pm
Fri February 22, 2002

Water Concerns

Coventry, RI – A water warning in Coventry is causing concern and frustration for residents whose tap water comes from private wells. Dozens of residents of Coventry have been told to stop using their tap water for ventilators and humidifiers. Health officials say drinking the water is safe, but questions about hi levels of Beryllium in the water have left many people nervous. State officials acknowledge there are probably other communities with high levels of Beryllium as well.

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12:45 pm
Fri February 22, 2002

French Revolution

Providence, RI – What would happen if the city of paris popped out of France and landed on New Jersey? That's the culture clash premise of the comedy "The French Revolution: Part Deux." Perishable Theatre is staging the world premiere of the farce. WRNI Theater Critic Bill Marx has this review. "The French Revolution: Part Deux runs through March 17.

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11:51 am
Fri February 22, 2002

Thunder Knocking

Providence, RI – The power of the blues is at the center of the musical "Thunder Knocking On the Door." Grammy award winning musician Keb' Mo' and Anderson Edwards wrote the original score. The Trinity Repertory Company is staging the show. WRNI Theater Critic Bill Marx found it entertaining. "Thunder Knocking on the Door" runs through March 24.

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2:22 pm
Thu February 21, 2002

Paris, NJ

Providence, RI – What would happen if the city of Paris popped out of
France and landed on the state of New Jersey? That's the
culture clash premise of the comedy "The French
Revolution: Part Deux." Perishable Theatre is staging the
world premiere of the farce.

Bill Marx reviews theater for WRNI. The Perishable
Theatre production of "The French Revolution: Part Deux."
runs through March 17th.

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RIPR News
9:20 am
Thu February 21, 2002

In Coventry, Fears of Water Contamination

Coventry, RI – Residents of Pascoag once again have water, but
that it is not the only community in Rhode Island
with concerns about water quality. In Coventry,
there are health warnings about the chemical
beryllium, which has been discovered in some
private wells. The source is not clear, and that
has led to tensions in some neighborhoods.

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RIPR News
9:58 am
Thu February 14, 2002

Short Attention Span Classics

Warren, RI – The 2nd Story Theatre Company thinks theatergoers like their plays short and sweet. Through April, the company is presenting a series called "Short Attention Span Classics." It is made up of four different programs, each containing brief plays written by major playwrights. WRNI Theater Critic Bill Marx has some condensed thoughts.

"Short Attention Span Classics" runs through April 21.

LINK: 2nd Story Theatre

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RIPR News
9:04 am
Thu February 14, 2002

Almond Proposes Little New Spending

Providence, RI – Governor Lincoln Almond's final state budget contains no major spending cuts, but no major increases either. The governor submitted a $5.3 billion dollars spending plan Wednesday. That is less than 1% more than the budget enacted for the current fiscal year.

LINK: Read the Full Budget

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RIPR News
4:20 pm
Thu February 7, 2002

State Of The State

Gov. Lincoln Almond (AP)

Providence, RI – With the usual pomp and circumstance, Governor Lincoln Almond delivered his final State of the State address Wednesday night. Almond said he anticipates a quick economic recovery and stress the importance of maintaining a competitive business environment, while also protecting low income children.

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10:56 am
Thu February 7, 2002

Many Obstacles To Brownfield Redevelopment

West Warwick, RI – Governor Almond indicated in his State of the State address Wednesday night that he will propose new tax incentives to encourage redevelopment of abandoned, polluted parcels of land, known as brownfields. The state has been trying to encourage brownfield redevelopment since 1995, but with only limited success.

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10:32 am
Thu February 7, 2002

Langston Hughes Remembered

Providence, RI – Libraries and Museums in Rhode Island are hosting special events throughout the month of February to mark the centennial of the birth of African American writer Langston Hughes.

The Providence Public Library hosts and exhibit and series of lectures from February 9 through February 28.

WRNI?s Pamela Watts spoke with two of the scholars, who will presenting lectures.

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