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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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Debate rages in Rhode Island over the Pawtucket Red Sox stadium issue. 

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In response to a growing number of immigrants in Providence- some of them refugees - Mayor Jorge Elorza and Public School Superintendent Chris Maher have created a new high school program just for them.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and mayors from across the nation spent part of Wednesday in Washington D.C. meeting with Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly. The group gathered to discuss illegal immigration, and the role of local law enforcement.

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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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A high-level aide to Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza has resigned after less than a year on the job.

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The city of Providence and the state’s Department of Corrections both appear on a list released by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as being uncooperative with federal immigration enforcement.

Providence Sewer System Scheduled For An Upgrade

Mar 7, 2017
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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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The city of Providence hopes to buy up more than 300 abandoned properties scattered across the city. The city wants to take control of the properties in order to quickly get them into the hands of real-estate developers and back on the market. This is the latest program in a years-long effort to tackle the issue in the city.

This newest initiative identifies approximately 350 properties the city hopes to buy up across various neighborhoods using a variety of tools including eminent domain. Bob Azar of the city’s Planning Department said that number could change.

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Providence police aren’t likely to expand their role in helping federal immigration officials. This comes as Homeland Security officials seek to employ local police departments in the ramped-up deportation of undocumented immigrants.

Policy & Pinot: Sanctuary Cities

Feb 22, 2017
Policy and Pinot - Sanctuary Cities
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What is a "Sanctuary City," and what are the risks of being one under President Trump?  Join us at the Providence Athenaeum on Thursday March 9, 2017 for our latest Policy & Pinot forum discussion.  Reception at 5:30pm, Program from 6:00 - 7:00pm.

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A swastika was discovered Thursday morning spray-painted on a dumpster in front of a YMCA in Providence. Staff say they removed the anti-Semitic symbol shortly after its discovery.

In a statement, Greater Providence YMCA CEO Steven O'Donnell called it "an unfortunate, and hopefully isolated, incident."

O'Donnell said the graffiti was reported to Providence Police. 

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The NFL is designed to be the parity league. Dynasties aren’t supposed to happen. A limit on player salaries  allots each team the same payroll. Last place teams get the top college draft choices; first place get the last picks.

The Patriots have shattered that image and the NFL's design.  The Brady-Belichick era has produced five super bowl titles, the most improbable on Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza touted new planned investments and the city’s increasingly stable financial footing during his annual State of the City address Wednesday night. Elorza announced that Providence would have its first rainy day fund since 2011 at the end of this fiscal year.

Elorza also recognized the city faces steep financial challenges. The city owes hundreds of millions of dollars in unfunded pension liabilities. 

A coalition of six mayors of Rhode Island cities and towns have announced support for Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to guarantee two years of tuition-free college at the state’s public higher education institutions.

The mayors are Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien, Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian, Cumberland Mayor William Murray, Central Falls Mayor James Diossa,  and Johnston Mayor Joe Polisena.

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