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Photo Courtesy of St. Michael's Country Day School

The bill to make the American burying beetle the official state insect heads to the governor’s desk. This was the result of steady lobbying by third graders in Newport.

  Third graders at St. Michael’s Country Day School hope designating the American burying beetle as the state’s official insect will raise awareness about the beetle’s endangered status, according to State Rep. Lauren Carson, one of the bill’s sponsors.

Carson said the students recognize the beetle’s important role in the environment: They break down dead animals into soil.

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The first man to sail non-stop around the world by himself (in 1968) is in Newport this week preparing for the Transatlantic Ocean Race, which kicks off this weekend.

Now at age 76, Sir Robin Knox-Johnston is skippering is one of nearly 40 teams participating in the 3,000 nautical mile race from Newport to Cornwall England. He sat down with Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender on his boat in Newport harbor to talk about his life-long career in sailing.

More than forty sailboats are getting ready to compete in the historic Transatlantic Ocean Race in Newport. The official start of the race is this weekend.

The race stretches from Newport to South Cornwall, the southernmost point in England. The event is considered a classic competition, the first Transatlantic Race set off from Newport in 1866.

This year’s competitors include Sir Robert Knox-Johnston, the first man to sail solo around the world without stopping. At 76, Knox-Johnston says he thinks he’s got a good shot at success thanks to a strong team.

Newport City Council OKs Smoking Ban On City Beaches

Jun 24, 2015
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The Newport City Council has banned smoking on all public beaches. The ban also includes Newport’s famous Cliff Walk and other public walkways. It takes effect immediately.

Newport’s Mayor, Jeanne-Marie Nepalitano says the action came after the recent Volvo Ocean Race, which left some beaches littered with cigarette butts.

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Hugh Auchincloss III, one of Rhode Island’s last links to John Kennedy’s presidential administration has died at age 87 in Newport. Rhode Island Public Radio political analyst spoke with afternoon host Dave Fallon, about Auchincloss’ ties to the political family, and his life in Newport.

Auchincloss spoke to Rhode Island Public Radio in November 2013, during the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assignation. It can be heard here.

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