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June 29th, 2012

Local firm, URI helps supply Coventry H.S. with lab equipment through grant

June 29, 2012

COVENTRY — With the help of a grant from the Amgen Foundation, high school students will continue to get a hands-on experience in the ever growing field of biotechnology.

The University of Rhode Island (URI) was awarded the $94,000 grant to offer, for the sixth year, the Amgen-Bruce Wallace Biotechnology Lab Program at high schools throughout the state.

More than 5,000 students and 100 teachers in Rhode Island participate in the program, including Coventry High School.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Eelgrass study highlights importance of preservation

June 29, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—Coastal zones throughout Narragansett Bay and along Rhode Island’s southern coast boast a rich tapestry of plants and animals living together, sharing the successes and challenges of the underwater environment. Habitats for species such as scallops and groundfish rely upon protection from eelgrass, and a new study from the University of New Hampshire aims at augmenting the knowledge base of eelgrass restoration, already developed by organizations such as The Nature Conservancy and Save The Bay.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Farm Fresh RI to take over Farm To School Project

June 29, 2012

PAWTUCKET - A local initiative that encourages all Rhode Island school districts to promote a culture of healthy, locally-grown foods will be switching hands at month's end. Known as the Rhode Island Farm to School Project, the initiative will be taken over by Farm Fresh Rhode Island when the original coordinating organization, Kids First, closes on June 30.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Chafee vetoes climate change amendments

June 29, 2012

PROVIDENCE—Governor Lincoln Chafee has signaled his disapproval of amendments proposed by the Senate Environment and Agriculture Committee which would make the Rhode Island Climate Change Commission (RICCC) an advisory arm of the Coastal Resources Management Council. Issuing a veto of H 7942 Substitute B, Chafee joins a number of local environmental groups in opposition to the changes which would harm RICCC’s ability to produce research independently.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

SKPD annual report shows decrease in crime rate for 2011

June 29, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – Crime in South Kingstown was down overall in 2011 from the previous year, according to the South Kingstown Police Department’s 2011 annual report.

The recently released report outlines crime and accident statistics, which allows the department to identify crime trends in the community.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Stringfellow responds to public records request on legal fees

June 29, 2012

SOUTH KINGSTOWN – The South Kingstown School Department released a response to a public records request regarding legal fees Tuesday afternoon.

The school department provided a summary of legal fees for the past 15 fiscal years.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers

Residents file ethics complaint regarding Miller termination

June 29, 2012

NARRAGANSETT—A group of Narragansett residents have submitted a formal complaint to Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin’s office regarding the Town Council’s conduct in terminating then Town Manager Grady Miller’s contract upon agreement of a separation pact. The 27-page report alleges violations of state open-meeting laws by Council members, as well as their neglect of residents’ opposition to Miller’s termination.

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Southern Rhode Island Newspapers
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