Providence

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The Providence Public Schools have named a new superintendent. Chris Maher will lead the state capital’s school system, after serving as interim superintendent since last summer.

Maher took the helm following the abrupt departure of former city schools Superintendent Susan Lusi. The Providence School Board announced Monday it has voted unanimously to enter contract negotiations with Maher, to take on the position permanently.

Providence Community Library

The Providence Community Library system is facing a $100,000 deficit by this summer. The system operates nine neighborhood libraries across the capital. The organization is seeking $250,000 in additional funding from the city.

Advocates for the PCL are pushing city lawmakers to approve the increase with a letter-writing campaign and a rally scheduled for Thursday.

Providence College

After besting the University of Southern California, Providence College faces the top-seeded University of North Carolina on Saturday as March Madness continues.

In Providence, Yale faces it's own tough contest against Duke.

Both teams would make big headlines if they win Saturday, although analysts have said PC is unlikely to pull off a victory. Still, in the world of college basketball, RIPR sports blogger Mike Szostak says "it's a tournament that any of the top teams can win any team can win." 

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March Madness has hit Rhode Island. Providence hosts six games in the first and second round of the NCAA Men’s Basketball championship this week.

Eight teams square off at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Two double-headers will be held on Thursday. The winning teams will move on to a double-header on Saturday.

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As part of our occasional series, Rising Tide, we’re offering snapshots of Rhode Island’s economy after the Great Recession. The state famous for coffee milk syrup, is now home to a burgeoning specialty coffee scene.

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Rhode Island Transit officials announced the creation of a new bus corridor through downtown Providence. The 1.4 mile transit project replaces the now-scrapped city streetcar project. 

Dead Animals: Taxidermy in Art

Mar 10, 2016
Chuck Hinman

Have you given any thought lately to your relationship with animals? Statistics reveal a contradictory interaction between humans and other species.

Here in the United States, the American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals estimates that there could be as many as 176 million dogs and cats being kept as pets, many of them no doubt treated as beloved members of the family. On the other hand, figures from the Humane Society show billions of cattle, chickens and other livestock slaughtered every year for food.

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Residents in the city of Providence can now use a mobile app to get in touch with city staff for problems in the city. Providence residents can call 3-1-1 or, use the new mobile app to connect with the Mayor’s center for city services.

City spokesperson Evan England says citizens can use the app to lodge a complaint, request a service, or make an inquiry.

  “Whether that’s plowing, trash collection, inquiries about pickup dates, parking, we encourage residents to try 3-1-1 first,” said England.

Historic Providence Elms Struck Down By Fungal Disease

Mar 9, 2016
Richard Cooper

Four towering elm trees had to be cut down in Providence last week, after being struck with Dutch elm disease. The trees were more than 100-years-old.

They stood on the property of the historic John Brown House since the early 1900s.

The Rhode Island Historical Society owns the property and plans to replace the European Elms with mixture of different elm species.

It’s been about a year since the last time the historical society was forced to cut down trees because of the Dutch elm fungus.

Joan Moses

This post has ben updated.

Temperature records across southern New England fell Wednesday. According to the National Weather Service, new records were set in Boston, Providence, and Rhode Island.

In Providence, it hit 67 degrees late Wednesday morning, surpassing the old record of 66 degrees, set in 2002. 

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The Providence City Council has passed a resolution in support of an effort to memorialize the city’s role in the slave trade. 

As part of a national initiative known as the "Middle Passage Ceremonies and Port Markers Project,"organizers are working to place historical markers in places involved in the slave trade.

In Rhode Island, the group hopes to call attention to the importance of ports like Providence, where ships launched and fortunes were made in the traffic of human beings.

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Advocates are renewing a push to legalize driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants. The fate of the legislation remains unclear at this point.

Two Providence lawmakers, Representative

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The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is suing the city of Providence over a controversial housing ordinance, which limits the number of students who can live together.

Since September, Providence has limited the number of students who can live in a single-family home to three. The ordinance applies to several neighborhoods where residents have complained about rowdy student parties, specifically in the area surrounding Providence College.

In Support Of Syrian Refugees, Hundreds Drown Out Opposition Rally

Feb 23, 2016
John Bender / RIPR

Hundreds of demonstrators packed the statehouse Monday chanting “refugees are welcome here.” The demonstration in support of Syrian refugees included Sterck Zaza, who emigrated from Syria to West Warwick as a child. 

“I am here as a mother, a sister, a friend,” said Zaza, who was close to tears a. “I support anyone who comes to this country in peace. And that’s where these refugees are coming from. They are coming for peace. That’s all they want is peace. And they’re my brothers, and they’re my sisters.”

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Providence will be one of a handful of cities to pilot a new online tool to help monitor public health. It’s a project of the federal National Resources Network and private researchers.

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