City of Providence

John Bender

Providence Police have identified a 38-year-old man who became the city's 12th homicide this year.

According to police, Kyle Machado of Providence was shot to death in the Fox Point neighborhood over the weekend. Police said he was found at the intersection of Trenton Avenue and Ives Street in the early hours of Saturday morning, following reports of shots fired.

Police said detectives continue to investigate the shooting.

Another shooting took place in the Federal Hill neighborhood this weekend, but that did not result in a homicide.

After six months in office, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has finally appointed an economic development director: Mark Huang, a San Francisco energy developer who also has a military background and worked for General Electric and was involved with start-up firms in sustainability-related sectors.

``I am pleased to welcome Mark to Providence and excited to work with him to craft new economic development opportunities,’’ said Elorza in a statement.

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Providence Superintendent Susan Lusi opens up about her tenure in the state’s largest school district, as she prepares to step down. She spoke with Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison at the district central office before her departure next week.

While she says she unequivocally believes she has made a difference, Lusi admits that Providence's student test scores leave a lot to be desired.

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Providence city officials say they want to be more inclusive of transgender employees and retirees. That includes extending health insurance coverage for gender reassignment surgery.

Providence officials say the city’s health plan will now cover a suite of services for employees and retirees who identify as transgender. That includes gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy, and behavioral health care.

Performance pay is out, school autonomy is in the proposed three-year contract, which still requires approval from Providence teachers.

City officials say the Providence Teachers' Union has set May 20th as a tentative date for a vote.

Union and city leaders leaders reached a tentative agreement once before, but it failed after union members objected, at least in part, to a call for performance pay.

The agreement would have allowed the district to discuss a system of rewarding teachers for good performance, rather than time in the system.

Mayor Jorge Elorza has announced that Providence Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, February 9, in anticipation of a snow storm.

In a statement just released, Elorza also said that a citywide parking ban will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Monday.

The actions are in response to a winter storm forecast from the National Weather Service. All public after school activities in the capital city are also canceled.

Jorge Elorza’s Providence mayoral campaign has garnered an important endorsement from a leader of the city’s African-American community – State Sen. Harold Metts.

In what Metts said was a ``soul-searching’’ decision, Metts said, ``I have concluded that we need a mayor who can bring all neighborhoods together, with the leadership and vision to move beyond personal agendas and do what is best for our city. That is why I am supporting Jorge Elorza for mayor.’’


So Buddy Cianci is back in the campaign for Providence mayor. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that he isn’t the only candidate.

Every newsroom used to have a crusty city editor who berated young reporters. Mine was a revered Providence Journal editor named Al Johnson who barked, ``put them in the ambulance before you take them to the hospital’’ when he wanted a story about a car accident.


There’s another development in the case that led to former House Speaker Gordon Fox’s resignation last month.  Federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday subpoenaed City of Providence records related to Fox.

Democratic mayoral candidate Jorge Elorza has zeroed in on bussing as he seeks to succeed Providence Mayor Angel Taveras.

Elorza, a professor at Roger Williams Law School, issued a statement yesterday saying Providence’s bussing policy forces many children to walk more than a mile to school each morning.

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Residents in the city of Providence are recycling more than they were nearly a year ago.

The city delivered small gray trash barrels in the fall of 2012, so that residents could use their green 95-gallon trash bins as recycling bins instead.

The city sent out mailings, recorded phone messages, and launched an advertising campaign to let people know of the switch. But that wasn’t enough.