News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - A renowned Boston planetarium is celebrating its 60th anniversary with a new film that's out of this world. The Museum of Science's Charles Hayden Planetarium is debuting "Destination Mars: The New Frontier." It explores humankind's efforts to reach the red planet.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - A company says it's beginning construction on what will be the onshore wind farm with the most operational capacity in the state. Green Development, LLC, is building a seven-turbine wind farm in Johnston, Rhode Island. It says its turbines, at 3 megawatts each, will be fully operational by the end of the year, for 21 megawatts.
SOUTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. (AP) - The University of Rhode Island has been awarded federal funding to help strengthen training programs for aquaculture workers and develop an online training curriculum that can be deployed nationwide. Rhode Island's congressional delegation says URI's Rhode Island Sea Grant program was awarded nearly $750,000. The funding will be used to bolster an entry-level training curriculum for aquaculture farm workers. Rhode Island Sea Grant will also develop online worker training.
NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) - Fire crews in Rhode Island spent several hours battling a blaze that destroyed a Newport home. Newport Fire Chief Brian Dugan says a total of seven people were inside the 2-family home at the time of the Sunday afternoon blaze. All of the people got out safely. Dugan says the second and third floors of the house are a total loss between damage from fire, water and the roof collapsing.
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