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Providence homeless encampment allowed to stay for now

Jun. 12, 2021 09:44 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A homeless encampment in Providence where people were ordered to leave by Friday will be allowed to stay for now after Mayor Jorge Elorza visited the site. “I told them we are not just going to put them out on the street, because it will push...

'All Black Lives Matter' mural installed in Providence

Jun. 06, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A street mural saying “All Black Lives Matter” is being installed in downtown Providence. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza was on hand Saturday for the unveiling of the public art project in Kennedy Plaza, the transit hub overlooking City Hall,...

RI war memorial vandalized over Memorial Day weekend

Jun. 01, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island authorities have opened an investigation after a war memorial was vandalized in downtown Providence over Memorial Day weekend. Providence Police Cmdr. Thomas Verdi said that there have no arrests in connection to the spray-painted...

Providence public schools superintendent asked to resign

May. 19, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Education Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green has asked the superintendent of the Providence public schools to resign over his hiring of an administrator now charged with assault, a spokesperson said Wednesday. Superintendent...

Officials call for stricter laws to tackle rash of shootings

May. 17, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

Addressing gun violence in Rhode Island will require stricter gun laws as well as improved social programs that address the underlying socioeconomic issues, congressional, state and city leaders said at a news conference Monday held in response to several recent shootings in the state. ...

Police: 9 injured in shootout recovering; charges expected

May. 14, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The nine people injured in a shooting in Rhode Island in which some 50 shots were fired are expected to recover, Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh Clements said Friday. But he said criminal charges are still being finalized, so the names of...

Providence Mayor seeks $704M bond for pension system

May. 14, 2021 13:36 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Mayor Jorge Elorza is seeking a $704-million bond to fund Providence’s unfunded pension system. The city would have 25 years to repay the debt at an interest rate 3% to 4%, with a call provision in 10 years, the Providence Journal...

Police: 9 wounded in Providence, Rhode Island, shooting

May. 13, 2021 22:59 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nine people were wounded Thursday evening in Rhode Island's capital in what police there believe to be the largest shooting in city history. Of the nine, three had serious injuries and were “maybe critical," Providence Police Chief Col. Hugh T....

New Hampshire governor gets vaccine, gives thumbs-up

Apr. 10, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu received his COVID-19 vaccine Saturday at the state's mass vaccination site at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. The Republican, driving an orange convertible, got the one-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine in his left arm. ...

Cities win immigration policing dispute with US government

Apr. 10, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its challenge to a court decision that said the federal government could not force two Rhode Island cities to turn local police into federal immigration agents. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Central Falls...