Cup o’ (Pro)Jo: April 29, 2010

The Interior Department’s approval of Cape Wind, an offshore wind project that will be located between Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket, may stall that Rhode Island’s own wind energy ambitions for the time being.  The new project will likely bring economic benefits to the Ocean State, however, thanks to plans to build the wind turbines at the Quonset Business Park in North Kingston. And the Cape Wind project will be a boost to alternative energy development in New England and the country, experts say.

Amber Rose Johnson, a junior at Classical High School in Providence, won the national Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C. on Tuesday night. Johnson took home a $20,000 prize after beating eight competitors in the final round. Johnson said she will save the money for college–Brown maybe?

It’s been two weeks since the state Senate rejected a supplemental budget passed by the House, an unusual move that flouted a 30 year precedent of the House having final control of the state’s money matters. Rhode Island still has a $220 million budget deficit that needs to be filled–a gap that could balloon by over $20 million if the General Assembly fails to reach a consensus in the next two days.

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