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Providence Mayor Elorza says he won't run for governor

Sep. 15, 2021 14:53 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza said Wednesday that he won't run for governor next year. While many expected Elorza to seek the Democratic nomination, he emailed supporters to say it would be impossible to campaign statewide while running the...

Providence breaks ground on new Roger Williams Park entrance

Aug. 25, 2021 17:27 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence has broken ground on a $5 million project to build a new entrance to Roger Williams Park. The project has been dubbed the Gateway and will include picnic areas, concessions, ticket sales, a play area, public restrooms and event space,...

Downtown arts festival canceled amid rising virus cases

Aug. 20, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence's downtown arts festival has been canceled for the second year in a row amid rising cases of COVID-19, city officials announced Friday. PVDFest, a weekend festival that typically draws more 100,000 people to downtown Providence, was...

Police release body cam video from violent arrest of teens

Aug. 19, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police in Providence have released body camera footage from the violent arrest of a group of teenagers in July that led to the suspension of two officers. The more than eight hours of footage released Wednesday on the city's YouTube page show at...

Providence to require vaccine or weekly tests for city staff

Aug. 16, 2021 16:59 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's capital city is imposing a mask mandate for anyone entering municipal buildings, starting Tuesday, and will require most city employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 1 or undergo weekly testing. Mayor Jorge...

Providence Teachers Union contract will cost $20 million

Aug. 04, 2021 12:15 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Teachers Union's new contract will cost more than $20 million, including salary raises and bonuses for teachers. The contract was approved on July 30 with criticism from the city's Mayor Jorge Elorza who said it should of been made...

Owners of Superman Building pledge to pay back taxes

Aug. 03, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The owners of Providence's so-called Superman Building avoided a scheduled tax sale of the vacant landmark by agreeing to pay nearly $450,000 in back taxes to the city, a spokesperson for Mayor Jorge Elorza said Monday. High Rock Westminster...

Providence mayor yells at governor over teachers' contract

Jul. 29, 2021 11:29 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza had to be held back from Gov. Dan McKee during a disagreement over a proposed contract for the city's public school teachers. During a ceremonial lighting of the WaterFire basins along the Providence River to mark...

Providence taps behavioral health groups to improve policing

Jul. 22, 2021 13:54 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence is working with local mental health experts to change the way city law enforcement responds to public safety calls. Mayor Jorge Elorza announced Thursday that the city has tapped The Providence Center and Family Service of Rhode Island...

Providence launches guaranteed income pilot program

Jul. 13, 2021 15:45 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence on Tuesday joined a small but growing number of U.S. cities pledging to provide a guaranteed monthly income to a certain number of low-income residents. Under the Providence Guaranteed Income pilot program announced by Mayor Jorge...