City of Providence

The Rhode Island Genealogical Society is honoring Paul Campbell, the former Providence city archivist who was fired in December, 2015 by the city council.

Campbell, who is also a noted Rhode Island historian, will receive an award for ``exemplary service to Rhode Island Genealogy by a public employee,’’ the society said in a news release.

The society called Campbell’s abrupt firing an `unwarranted dismissal’ that ``has come as a severe blow to Rhode Island researchers everywhere.’’

Ian Donnis

The city of Providence is projected to face a 37 million-dollar budget gap in 10 years if it doesn’t turn around its current budget problems. That’s according to a new report that analyzes the city’s finances. The report outlines the source of the city’s money problems, but it also offers ideas for how to reduce expenses and increase revenue.

Mayor Jorge Elorza says in the coming weeks and months, he’ll meet with different key stakeholders to discuss a series of short- and long-term solutions.

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Providence Police have released photos and a video of a vehicle they say was involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident in the Federal Hill neighborhood on Sunday.

The accident at the corner of Westminster Street and Marshall Street claimed the life of an elderly woman and injured her granddaughter as the two attempted to cross the street.

Police said the suspect was last seen fleeing the scene in a dark SUV. They said the vehicle is a newer model and may have hood and grill damage.

PASA

Representatives from 10 different cities head to Rhode Island this week to find out how Providence provides afterschool programs. They're interested in the Providence Afterschool Alliance, which coordinates bussing and activities for roughly 2,000 Providence students.

PASA works with nonprofits that provide a range of programs from art and music to science, math and sports. The group also works with city and school officials to serve roughly one-third of all Providence middle school students. In recent years, PASA has been expanding into high schools. 

The Bottom Line: Hotels See Growth In 2015

Oct 23, 2015

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave sit down with Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau President and CEO Martha Sheridan.

Sheridan says hotels in Providence have seen revenue growth close to 13 percent this year, and a similar trend can be seen in Warwick. Occupancy rates have been strong, fueled in part by conventions, meetings and sporting events.

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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.’’

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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.

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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.

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