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The first day of classes started with a bang for many students at Johnson & Wales University when a utility cable exploded underneath two dormitories. The blast occurred at roughly 5:00 in the morning. Johnson & Wales officials said they had to evacuate nearly 1,000 students, most of them freshmen.

National Grid is investigating the cause of the explosion, which appeared to center on a cable located in an underground vault just next to the university's Providence dorms. No one was injured in the incident.

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin said Rhode Islanders are still getting scammed by people claiming to be from National Grid and demanding payments. A warning issued earlier this month has failed to stop the predators.

The scammers typically call people at random and tell them they have a past due balance on their electric bill. They say they’re from National Grid and warn that service will be shut off immediately unless the customer makes an immediate payment.  By paying, people automatically give the scammers access to sensitive bank account or credit card information.

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Deepwater Wind is looking for a new location to connect its offshore wind farm to the mainland. The original plan was to run a line from its Block Island wind farm to Narragansett’s Town Beach.

Residents complained about the plan, and the town council voted to suspend talks with Deepwater back in May. Deepwater Wind insisted that the lines would be buried ten feet underground. After meeting with residents back in June, Deepwater Wind CEO Jeff Grybowski withdrew an application request on Friday.

Our air conditioners have been working overtime in this steamy summer. Our wallets will be lighter when the electricity bills arrive. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says to stabilize power costs, Rhode Island needs to look north to Canada.

Flick the wall switch and the lights go on. Turn the knob; the stove heats up. Push a button; the air conditioner hums.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Mar 7, 2013

Snow and heavy winds are in the forecast for today. There are varying opinions about a proposed corporate tax rate cut.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.
And Bill Gale previews Festival Ballet Providence’s program coming this weekend to the Vets in Providence.

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National Grid warns against scam

Feb 20, 2013

National Grid is warning customers of a new nationwide utility bill scam.

Over the past several days National Grid electric customers have received phone calls from people claiming to work for the utility. The scammers demand payment on past-due bills and threaten customers with a shut-off of service. Occasionally, the caller also tells customers they have a faulty meter that will need to be replaced for a substantial fee.  

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Feb 12, 2013

Power is being restored to most of RI customers following this weekend's snow storm.  The State Senate votes on nominees for the new Board of Education.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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Power coming back, storm gets ranked

Feb 12, 2013
Power poles down at Mackerel Cove
Don Wineberg

(Update)  As of 8 this morning National Grid reports the number of customers without power is down to 2100.  95 percent of those are in Washington County.

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National Grid is working to restore electricity to 2700 customers in Rhode Island.  2600 of those are in South Kingstown and the other communities of Washington County.  On its website National Grid reports it hopes to have power back on to all customers by noon today.

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Hundreds of homes and businesses are still without power in Rhode Island. That’s down from about 25,000 early this morning.

National Grid spokesman David Graves says last night was a wild one in Rhode Island. 60-mile-an-hour winds ripped through trees and snagged power lines. He says crews are still working on restoring power to thousands of customers, mainly in southeastern Massachusetts and parts of Rhode Island.

PROVIDENCE, RI  - A powerful winter storm headed for New England has power company workers on standby to respond to outages. That's because high winds expected with this storm could down trees and power lines. National Grid spokeswoman Debbie Drew says the company is on alert for any problems.

"We've activated our emergency response system. And we're watching the storm track very closely," said Drew. "That helps us determine where best to deploy crews so we can get them to hard hit areas quickly."

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