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Major waterways in Rhode Island and the surrounding areas are not in danger of flooding, despite several days of heavy rainfall.

“These rains have been more of a flash flood type of thing, where the urban component, you’ll get some real responses on the streets,” said Bill Saunders, a hydrologist who monitors waterways for the National Weather Service.

“In terms of enough rain across the watersheds to make significant differences on the rivers, it just hasn’t happened yet.”

This I Believe New England: Border Crossings

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Scott Indermaur

Many of us have had the opportunity and privilege to travel internationally.  Crossing borders – where we come face to face with unfamiliar languages, foods, and time-honored customs – can be both wonderfully exciting and intensely unnerving.  The joy of discovery can be tempered by some fear of the unknown.  What are the right words to use to communicate basic messages?  What if I say the wrong thing?  How will I handle it if I become lost?  What does it mean in this country when I shake my head sideways?  Under the best of circumstances, border crossings can be a real challenge.

Rhode Island has one of the lowest rates of fatal drunk driving accidents in the nation, according to a new study based on date from the National Highway Safety Administration.

The survey, done by Safewise.com, a research group that studies community safety issues, shows that Rhode Island has the fourth lowest DWI fatality rate among the 50 states. Just three states –New Jersey, Utah and New York –had lower rates of DWI fatal accidents based on impaired deaths per capita.

Care New England Reports Finances Improving

5 hours ago
Lynn Arditi / RIPR file

Care New England reported Tuesday that its financial operations continue to improve.  

Want Free Coffee? Personal Data Is The Way To Pay

9 hours ago
Chaiel Schaffel / RIPR

Shiru Cafe looks like a regular coffee shop. Inside, machines whir, baristas dispense caffeine and customers hammer away on laptops.

All of the customers are students, and there’s a reason for that. At Shiru Cafe, no college ID means no caffeine.

“We definitely have some people that walk in off the street that are a little confused and a little taken aback when we can’t sell them any coffee,” said Sarah Ferris, assistant manager Shiru Cafe's Providence branch, located near Brown University.

Federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The year’s first two human cases of West Nile virus have been diagnosed in Connecticut.

The Connecticut Department of Public Health said the two patients became ill during the last week of July. Both are between 60 and 79 years of age, and both contracted the disease in state.

They are residents of Fairfield and Newington. One remained hospitalized as of late last week.

Health officials say 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms. But one in 150 people become seriously ill and require hospitalization.

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Repair work on a century-old bridge in Norwalk has dug up something even older: the remains of a 17th-century Native American trading fort.

The artifacts include trade goods like pottery and glass beads. There’s even evidence of ancient arrowheads, some thought to date back thousands of years.

Another key finding? Trash. Particularly, all manner of leftover food.

Sarah Sportman, one of the archeologists at the site, said the trash included old animal bones and lots of plant remains, including raspberries and tiny pieces of charred corn.

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Mosquito samples taken in Pawtucket and Tiverton on July 30th have been confirmed positive for West Nile Virus, the first findings of the virus in Rhode Island this year, the RI Department of Environmental Management announced today.

Mosquito-borne diseases are typically more prevalent in late summer and early fall. The risk usually lasts until the first frost.

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Although Bird electric scooters are already dispersed across Providence, the city said it will begin a year-long scooter-sharing pilot August 17th.

Sandy Hook Permanent Memorial Commission

A commission in Newtown, Connecticut has chosen a design for a permanent memorial to honor the 26 people killed in the 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 

The design is called “The Clearing.” It features a coiling wooded walkway leading to a Sycamore tree planted in the middle of a small man-made reflecting pool. It was designed by landscape architecture, urban design and planning firm SWA Group.

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Bird is the word…if you’re 60’s rock band The Trashmen, but not if you’re a city official looking to regulate rentable scooters.

When the company Bird dropped its scooters in Cambridge unannounced, city officials ordered them off the streets by August 3rd. Somerville soon followed with a cease and desist letter. However, in Providence the company doesn’t appear to have ruffled as many feathers.

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Katherine Kerwin, unopposed Providence City Council candidate in Ward 12, and communications director for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of issues involving Providence politics and youth activism.

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Katherine Kerwin, who is running unopposed to be the Ward 12 city councilor in Providence, and who also serves as communications director for the Rhode Island Coalition Against Gun Violence, joins Political Roundtable to discuss her campaign, the reluctance of gubernatorial frontrunners to take part in debates, and the legislative debate over guns.

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PROVIDENCE – Massachusetts-based Partners HealthCare and Care New England are asking Rhode Island health officials to conduct a fast-track regulatory review of their proposed merger, citing Care New England's ongoing financial distress.

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