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RI voters OK $20M for environment, parks

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) -- Voters have authorized Rhode Island to spend up to $20 million on open space preservation projects, outdoor recreation and efforts to enhance water quality around the state.

A ballot question approving bonds for the projects easily passed Tuesday.

Nearly half of the money will further state and local efforts to acquire and preserve open space.

Some $5.5 million will go to local governments for help in acquiring and improving local recreational facilities and parks.

The remaining $4 million will fund efforts to protect and improve water quality in the Narragansett Bay and other state bodies of water.