Providence

Elisabeth Harrison

Rhode Island Education Commissioner Ken Wagner is backing a plan to add 2,192 seats to the charter for Achievement First, a mayoral academy that currently operates two elementary schools in Providence. Wagner has also come out in favor of more modest expansions at the Paul Cuffee School in Providence and the Learning Community Charter School in Central Falls.

FANG Collective

Providence police arrested four environmental activists protesting the North Dakota Access Pipeline currently under construction by Energy Transfer Partners.  

The activists with the grassroots group FANG Collective used bike locks to chain their necks and arms to the doors of TD Bank's downtown Providence branch. 

TD Bank is one of several banks funding the construction of a crude oil pipeline that will span 1,172 miles from North Dakota to Illinois.

Council On American-Islamic Relations - Massachusetts

A mosque in Providence has received an anti-Islamic letter similar to letters received by other mosques around the country. The letter directly references the election of Donald Trump.

A series of apparently identical letters have been reported by mosques in Florida, California and at least two other states. This letter was sent to Masjid Al-Kareem, on Providence’s South Side.

Maggie Hall / Wilbury Theatre Group

Providence's Wilbury Theatre Group has never avoided doing the controversial.  Rhode Island Public Radio's Bill Gale says their current play, “Straight White Men” definitely fits into that catalog.

John Bender

Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza hosted residents Wednesday night concerned about the future under President-elect Donald Trump. 

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza joins several mayors nationwide in formally announcing no plans to change immigration policies in the face of a Donald Trump presidency. 

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Efforts are already underway to fight potential federal policies from a Donald Trump administration at the state level. 

Elisabeth Harrison

Across the country, teachers have been seizing on this election as an opportunity to bring civics to life in their classrooms. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison checked in with Rhode Island teachers to find out how they're approaching a contentious political season.

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The Providence mayor’s office is refuting claims that a new proposed firefighter’s contract will not save the city as much as projected. A city council review of the proposed contract found a multi-million dollar discrepancy.

According to a statement released by the City Council, an internal audit found the mayor’s office overestimated the savings of a new firefighter’s contract by $7 million. The savings, the internal auditor found, would add up to about $9 million.

Newport Historical Society

Efforts to mark Newport’s connection to the American slave trade are moving forward. That’s according to a local group hoping to construct a monument commemorating the city by the sea’s place in the country’s dark history.

Organizers say they’ve identified an ideal location for a potential marker. They say they’re holding off on announcing the exact location until they can present a proposal to the Newport Town Council.

Elisabeth Harrison

Calling it the first good financial news for Providence "in a very long time," Mayor Jorge Elorza said the city operated nearly $9.5 million in the black during the fiscal year that ended in June.

"This is the largest operating surplus in over 20 years in the city," Elorza said. "Our records only go back 20 years, but I’d say that this is likely the largest operating surplus in the history of Providence."

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Rhode Island has a storied haunted history, from Mercy Brown, the 19th century "vampire" in Exeter, to H.P. Lovecraft, the author of weird and spooky tales who called Providence home. The new "Guidebook to Haunted and Strange Places in Rhode Island" is out just in time for Halloween,

Ward 14 Providence Councilor David Salvatore joins Bonus Q&A to talk about city finances, the proposed agreement with city firefighters, whether Providence's influence at the legislature is waning, and other topics.

Manton Avenue Project

Live theater is thriving in Rhode Island, and one program may inspire a new generation of playwrights. The Manton Avenue Project has kids write the plays and adult actors bring them to life. Rhode Island Public Radio intern Tarpley Hitt went to a performance to check it out.  

On a Saturday evening, kids race around a small stage in Roger Williams Memorial Park, fighting for the best patch of grass. Parents lean back on beach chairs as two performers enter with microphones.

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