City of Providence

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The Providence-Newport ferry is expected to be out of commission until this Wednesday, following a small crash during a trip to Providence this weekend.

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Tourists, residents and downtown workers alike stopped to gaze open-mouthed at the sight of performers suspended from a multi-story building in downtown Providence on Wednesday.

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The push for the ordinance moves forward following an 8 to 5 Providence City Council vote in favor of the proposal, Wednesday – the second of two votes required for the ban to pass. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has said he plans to veto the ordinance, but that could be overridden if 10 councilors vote in favor of the ban.

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The community arts studio New Urban Arts in Providence is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year. The organization provides mentoring relationships between high school students and emerging artists. The anniversary comes at a time when public funding for the arts faces threats from a new administration in Washington, and a rally is scheduled for next Thursday, June 1st, at the State House, in support of public arts funding.

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The Providence City Council’s Finance Committee approved a tax stabilization agreement Thursday for a new $56 million construction project in downtown Providence.

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Starting Monday, anyone taking Peter Pan or Greyhound buses will have to board in front of the Rhode Island Convention Center on Sabin Street.

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Rhode Island communities are taking expired or unused prescription medication for the fifth year in a row through a partnership between the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, public safety officials, and health advocates.

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After meeting with U.S. Attorney Jeff Sessions Tuesday, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says the city risks almost none of its federal funding.

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The Providence City Council voted in favor of the Community Safety Act in a special meeting, Thursday. With three councilors absent, the vote went 12-0 in favor of the proposal.

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Providence Councilman Kevin Jackson and five other members have called for special City Council meetings Monday and Tuesday. The meetings aim to make sure all the correct policies and procedures were followed for Jackson’s recall election by the Providence Board of Canvassers.

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PA report from the city’s Advisory Council to Reduce Gun Violence released Monday says in 2016 Providence saw its fewest homicides in 30 years. 

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Some Providence youths accused of non-violent infractions will soon have an option other than going through the courts. The Providence City Council established a Juvenile Hearing Board (JHB) to help keep first-time offenders out of the justice system. Instead of going to court and serving time, a panel would prescribe incarceration alternatives. 

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As snow turned to freezing rain across parts of the state Tuesday, some people braved the precipitation and strong winds.

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The state Board of Elections is expected to schedule a recall election of Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson when the board meets Monday.  This comes after Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea called on the board to take action.  

Providence Sewer System Scheduled For An Upgrade

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza signed an agreement with the state’s Department of Environmental Management Tuesday to improve the city’s stormwater infrastructure.

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