Providence police department launches recruitment drive
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence Police Department is looking to bolster its ranks.
City Public Safety Commissioner Steven Pare (pah-REE') said during the launch of a recruitment drive...
City official: I support vandalism of Columbus statue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A city councilor in Rhode Island says she thinks the recent vandalism to a Christopher Columbus statue is a good thing.
Providence mayor says he’d consider moving Columbus statue
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence said Tuesday he would consider moving a Christopher Columbus statue that was vandalized.
Columbus statues vandalized on US holiday named for him
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Several Christopher Columbus statues were vandalized with red paint and messages against the 15th century Italian navigator Monday when the U.S. holiday named for one of...
Hundreds of fish die during dam repair project
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The deaths of hundreds of fish in a Rhode Island pond are being blamed on a project to repair a dam.
Providence approved plans to repair the low-level outlet on the...
Board approves mayor’s plan to expand charter school
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza's proposal to expand a charter network to 3,000 students is close to becoming a reality.
Providence to dismantle bike lane installed this month
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence officials say they have decided to dismantle the city's first two-way bike lane a month after its installation following public criticism.
Map shows Providence properties receive $12M in tax breaks
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A map shows dozens of Providence businesses are collectively receiving nearly $12 million in tax breaks under the city's tax-stabilization agreements.
Mayor’s calendar includes interviews with crossing guards
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has denied he micromanaged city schools by interviewing crossing guards, but his calendars list him holding interviews with crossing guard...
Baby in the office? Providence mayor’s habit sparks debate
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — He has taken his baby to ribbon cuttings and held the child on his lap while testifying at the Statehouse. He balanced the boy at his side at news conferences and rolled...
Providence bike share program put on ‘pause’
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bike share program in Providence has been temporarily suspended following reports that the bikes are being misused.
WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's education commissioner has issued her preliminary order to take over the Providence Public Schools.
Commissioner Angélica Infante-Green on Thursday sent...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence's mayor and public safety commissioner say they're disappointed that a club closed by authorities after it was linked to a homicide is being allowed to reopen...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A youth advocacy group is alleging that the use of a database to identify suspected gang members by Providence police and members of Mayor Jorge Elorza's administration...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has apologized to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung for a crude tweet sent by a Providence city employee.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council has agreed on a $770 million budget plan after weeks of tense negotiations with the mayor's administration.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The city of Providence has begun a new fiscal year without a budget and the mayor says he will veto any plan that crosses his desk.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence's mayor has left for a conference in Hawaii as his city faces ongoing budget negotiations and fallout over a scathing report on the city's schools.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Latest on the release of an independent review of the Providence public school system that found severe dysfunction (all times local):
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — An independent review of the Providence public school system has found severe dysfunction, including rampant bullying and fighting among students, crumbling facilities, and...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A bill that would ban single-use plastic bags at all checkout counters in Rhode Island stores has passed the Senate.
The legislation approved unanimously on Thursday...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Labor is conducting an audit in connection with the resignation of a Providence, Rhode Island city official.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence officials say a voluntary energy reduction program for large buildings in the city has begun to show results.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island poet has sued the city of Providence and a city police officer, saying he was racially profiled, assaulted, harassed and falsely arrested three years...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza got to ride in the state's first driverless-vehicle shuttle a day before the general public could take...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence is partnering with federal officials to conserve birds and their habitats in the city.
Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza will join U.S. Sen. Jack Reed and...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence has signed into law a city-wide ban on plastic checkout bags.
Mayor Jorge Elorza signed the Retail Plastic Bag Reduction Act on Wednesday. The...
New RI education chief tours schools in Providence
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's new state education commissioner, Angelica Infante-Green, began her first day on the job Monday touring schools in Providence and Barrington, a week after...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence's mayor is delivering his budget proposal for the next fiscal year.
Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza will formally present his proposal for fiscal year 2020...
Governor, mayor push plan to improve Providence schools
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo and Mayor Jorge Elorza are teaming up to improve Providence's public schools.
Raimondo, in consultation with incoming Education Commissioner...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A new mayoral portrait is being unveiled at Providence City Hall.
U.S. Rep. David Cicilline, a Rhode Island Democrat, served two terms as mayor of Providence before...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council has given initial approval to an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags in the city.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The mayor of Providence says he is pulling the plug on a plan to monetize the city's water system.
Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza had previously touted the legislation...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says the city will make 700 more electric bicycles available for rental.
The JUMP bike influx will increase the total number of bikes...
City officials consider housing discrimination ban
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence officials are considering an ordinance that would ban landlords from refusing people with housing vouchers.
Providence officials propose emergency parking bans
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council is considering new guidelines for emergency parking bans.
WJAR-TV reports that the ordinance would create an emergency parking ban if...
Bill would create $15 minimum wage for city workers
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A group of Providence lawmakers have introduced legislation that would require a $15 minimum wage for Providence city workers.
Providence approves nearly $390K in severance
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence has approved nearly $390,000 in severance packages to former city employees.
WPRI-TV reports records dating back to 2015 show 26 former employees received...
Providence superintendent to resign at end of school year
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The superintendent of Providence Public Schools is resigning at the end of the school year.
Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza announced Christopher Maher's resignation in...
Providence schools boost access to feminine hygiene products
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence is making feminine hygiene products available to students for free in all the city's high schools and middle schools.
Officials postpone deciding ex-HR director’s severance
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence officials have postponed deciding on a $127,000 severance package for the city's former human resources director.
Lawmakers submit bill to monetize Providence water system
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence lawmakers have again submitted a bill to monetize the Rhode Island city's water system.
The bill announced Wednesday would allow the Providence Water Supply Board to partner with outside water authorities with limited rate increases while maintaining public oversight.
The city has been discussing an arrangement with the quasi-public Narragansett Bay Commission over the past year.
Providence faces potential shortfall from budget proposal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo's budget proposal could leave Providence with a $4 million hole in its current budget if it is approved by lawmakers later this year.
Cranston man arrested for alleged threat to Providence mayor
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Cranston man has been charged with threatening Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza on Facebook.
Police say 59-year-old Bruce Valliere was arrested Thursday on a felony charge of threatening a public official and a misdemeanor charge of disorderly conduct.
It is unclear whether Valliere is represented by an attorney who could comment on his behalf.
Police investigate alleged threat to Providence mayor
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence police are investigating an online threat made against Mayor Jorge Elorza.
WPRI-TV reports that the suspect, who has not been charged, allegedly wrote that Elorza would be walking with a limp if he walks by the man.
Police were notified about the Facebook post Tuesday afternoon.
State treasurer says Providence pension a big challenge
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's state treasurer says Providence's underfunded pension system is the state's biggest challenge.
Providence schools face swelling budget shortfall
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence School Department's budget shortfall is expected to swell to $42 million by 2024.
The shortfall is expected to increase despite the fact that Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza is projecting large surpluses for the city budget in coming years.
Former candidate for Lt. Gov. to be policy aide to mayor
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Democrat who ran narrowly lost a bid for lieutenant governor in Rhode Island has a new job with the Providence mayor's office.
Former state Rep. Aaron Regunberg will serve as a senior policy advisor to Mayor Jorge Elorza, working on issues including universal pre-kindergarten and affordable housing.
He plans to work full-time for the mayor until the fall when he will transition into a part-time role as he enters Harvard Law School.
Providence Mayor Elorza to be sworn into a second term
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is preparing to begin a second term in office.
The inauguration for the Democratic mayor is scheduled for 2 p.m. Monday on the stairs of Providence City Hall. There will be performances beforehand.
Elorza fended off a challenge from independent Dee Dee Witman in November. He promised improvements to the city's finances, schools and quality of life.