Providence, R.I. – The National Weather Service is placing nearly the entire state under a heat advisory today.
Meteorologists say the heat and humidity will combine to produce a heat index ranging from 100 to 104. Newport County and Block Island are the only section of the state that are not under the heat advisory.
Washington – Amtrak says it is prepared to take care of passengers if their trains break down and lose air conditioning amid an intense heat wave along the northeast corridor.
Amtrak announced the plans Tuesday as steamy temperatures were forecast along the nation's busiest passenger rail line.
Extra water is being stored on trains and rescue locomotives are positioned every 30 to 50 miles along the corridor. Mechanical technicians also will ride trains to troubleshoot problems and restart locomotives.
Providence, R.I. – U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse will be in Rhode Island this week to tour a job training center.
The Democrat is scheduled to visit with staff at the Family Resources Community Action Employment and Training Center in Woonsocket on Tuesday.
Congress adjourned for a weeklong Independence Day recess without extending federal unemployment benefits. Whitehouse's office says the U.S. Department of Labor estimates that 5,000 Rhode Islanders will lose unemployment insurance benefits by July 10.
Holyoke, Mass. – Potential outages and other disruptions on New England's power grid will be spotted more quickly as the region's grid operator installs new equipment paid for by federal stimulus money.
ISO-New England says it will use an $8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to install high-speed sensors that monitor voltage and other conditions on the grid. The smart-grid devices will relay information 30 times a second, up from once every four seconds.