Voters reject name change, approve bonds

PROVIDENCE, R.I. – Rhode Islanders have approved $177-million in bonds while rejecting a change to the state's official name.

The three bonds will raise millions of dollars for road and bridge repairs across the state chemistry labs at the University of Rhode Island, an arts center for Rhode Island College, improvements to Fort Adams and open space at Rocky Point and India Point.

Conservation group Save the Bay released a statement applauding Rhode Islanders voters for choosing to pay for land preservation in tough economic times.

As for changing the state's name, removing the words "and Providence Plantation" voters registered a resounding "no" ensuring that the smallest state in the union will continue to have the longest official name.

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