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4:35 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

State Celebrates 100th Protected Farm

Ken Ayars, the DEM's chief of the division of agriculture, said the state's land protection efforts began in 1981 with the passage of of the Rhode Island Farmland Preservation Act.
Credit Rick Payette / Creative Commons License

A farm in Warren is the 100th farm in the state to be permanently protected for farming. This marks a milestone for the state’s farmland protection efforts.

  The state considers Lial Acres in Warren an important farm to protect because of its prime soil and its close proximity to other protected farms. The farm also abuts land protected for drinking water quality by the Bristol County Water Authority.

The Lial family currently operates it as a vegetable farm, though previous family generations ran it as a dairy farm. It has been an active farm for 125 years.

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On Politics
4:16 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

Providence Journal Alums Capture Pulitzers!

Providence Journal alumni reporters scored big in this year’s Pulitzer prizes, which were announced today by Columbia University, which administers  journalism’s top prizes.  Helene Cooper of the New York Times who was part of a team that won Pulitzer for international reporting and Zach Mider of Bloomberg News  won for explanatory reporting. And Jen Levitz of the Wall Street Journal and Jonathan Saltzman of the Boston Globe were on teams that were Pulitzer finalists.

RI News
12:01 pm
Mon April 20, 2015

On Marathon Monday, Abbott Hopes To Put 2013 Behind Her

Heather Abbott and former governor Lincoln Chafee in Newport.
Credit RIPR FILE

Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Heather Abbot said she will attend the race Monday.  Abbot, who lives in Newport, lost her left leg following the blast at the finish line.

She said she’ll watch the races joined by loved ones, continuing her annual Marathon Monday tradition.

“I’ll be spending the day in Boston with my same group of friends that I’m always with, trying to create some better memories, and put that memory of 2013 in the past.

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News
9:38 am
Mon April 20, 2015

2015 Boston Marathon Kicks Off Under Tight Security, Grey Skies

Course map for the 2015 Boston Marathon
Credit Boston Athletic Association

And they're off! Runners have begun their 26 mile race from Hopkinton to Boston. But runners on two legs aren't the only participants. This is the 40th anniversary of the wheelchair races. 

n 1975, Boston became the first major road race in the world to recognize wheelchair participation. There was no prize money for first place. Monday's winner will receive $20,000 dollars. South African Ernst Van Dyk has won the race 10 times.

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RI News
12:01 pm
Sat April 18, 2015

Boston Marathon Survivor Heather Abbott Launches Charitable Foundation

Heather Abbott at her home in Newport
Credit Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Two years after losing her left leg in the Boston Marathon bombings, Newport resident Heather Abbott is starting a foundation.  The charity will provide funds for other amputees.

Before Heather Abbott lost her leg, she says she never realized the variety of prosthetics needed for things like swimming, biking, even wearing high heels.  Or that those prosthetics can cost tens of thousands of dollars each.

Abbot said that’s important because most insurers won’t cover leg prosthetics for activities other than walking.

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