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8:28 am
Tue May 5, 2015

Native Rhode Islanders Sail Towards Home In The Volvo Ocean Race

Team Alvimedica, which has three Rhode Islanders, sailing the 6th leg of the race towards Newport.
Credit Amory Ross / Team Alvimedica

The six sailing teams in the Volvo Ocean Race are speeding closer to Newport, where they’re expected to dock later this week. The race is one of the biggest in the sailing world, covering some 40-thousand nautical miles. It takes nine months to complete. Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender caught up with a sailor on one of the boats. Nick Dana hails from Newport, at 29,  he’s one of the youngest crew members for Team Alvimedica. Dana spoke by a satellite phone as the team heads from Brazil towards the east coast.

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RI News
8:46 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Volvo Ocean Race Set To Arrive In Newport This Week

Members of team Alvimedica in the Volvo Ocean Race during the leg from Brazil to Newport. Members of the team are from Rhode Island.
Credit Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean race is expected to arrive in Newport this week.  The City by the Sea is the race’s only stopover in the U.S.

    

Sailing fans consider this the Super Bowl of international ocean sailboat racing. Held about once every four years, the international race kicks off in Spain and ends in Sweden.  It takes about nine months to complete. Seven teams are competing this year.

Race commentator Andy Green said the boats are on their way following, after a stop in Brazil.

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RI News
8:18 am
Mon May 4, 2015

Twin River Officials To Present Plans For Casino To Tiverton Residents

Twin River has announced plans to transfer Newport Grand's gambling license, and open a casino in Tiverton.
Credit RIPR FILE

Twin River’s leadership plans to hold an informational meeting in Tiverton Monday on its proposed casino. Twin River hopes to transfer the gambling license for Newport Grand to an undeveloped northern Tiverton site on the state line with Massachusetts.

Twin River officials are slated to offer an introductory presentation on their proposal during a 7 pm meeting at Tiverton Middle School. Tivertown Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik said his sense is that residents are looking for details on the envisioned casino.

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Environment
11:10 am
Fri May 1, 2015

Newport Third Graders Lobby For Official State Insect

The American Burying Beetle
Credit St. Michael's Country Day School

A group of third graders in Newport hope to convince lawmakers to name an official state insect.  The students at St. Michael’s Country Day School in Newport want to make the American Burying Beetle the Ocean State’s official bug.

Their teacher Linda Spinney says the students will make their case at the Statehouse Thursday before lawmakers.

“We’re taking the school bus up there today. It will be a late night for them but I think their parents want them to really see the process and where it takes you when your voices are heard.”

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RI News
8:40 am
Wed April 29, 2015

Newport's Cliff Walk Gets High Tech Upgrades

Cliff Walk in Newport is one of Rhode Island's most visited tourist attractions.
Credit RIPR FILE

Newport’s famous Cliff Walk is now smart-phone friendly. The tourist attraction has added 16 trail markers with quick response codes. Visitors can get historic and geological information with a quick smartphone scan.

Salve Regina University Professor Jon Marcoux worked with students to create the app.

“This is a great example of something that was doable for an undergraduate, and they did it, but hopefully it will have a big payoff for folks who are visiting.”

Marcoux said using technology increases the breadth of information available to tourists.

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