Providence

Education
8:19 am
Tue February 5, 2013

Providence Student Union works to empower students

Credit courtesy of providencestudentunion.org

Students protest high stakes testing in Rhode Island and Providence puts a history teacher in a physics classroom. These are some of the most heated controversies recently on the education beat. But there’s a little known force behind both of these stories. It’s a student group called the Providence Student Union. Co-founder Aaron Regunberg is a recent Brown graduate. Elisabeth Harrison asked him how he became an activist in the public schools.


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RI News
12:53 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Providence fire started by child playing with matches

A fire that sent two people to the hospital in critical condition was caused by a child playing with matches.  Firefighters say the child was one of the victims. 

Five-year-old Christopher Etienne set a mattress and himself on fire when he played with matches Sunday night at a duplex in the Washington Park neighborhood of Providence.  Firefighters found him and 43-year-old Christopher Husband lying outside the Virginia Avenue home with severe burns. Acting Providence fire Chief Michael Dillon says the boy was the more seriously injured of the two.

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Morning News Podcast
9:45 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Friday, February 1, 2013

A new poll shows less than half the state approves of the job being done by Governor Lincoln Chafee.  A Cranston Florist is being sued for discrimination. These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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Business
8:03 am
Fri February 1, 2013

2012 was good to Providence's hotels

Front door of Biltmore Hotel
Credit RIPR file

2012 was a banner year for the Providence hotel industry.  Both occupancy and room rates exceeded the national and regional averages.

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RI News
7:50 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Providence Police fire a 15-year veteran

The Providence Police Department has fired an officer who admitted having sex with the victim
of a domestic violence dispute.  The city is moving to strip him of his pension.

On May 8, 2012 Providence police officer Khatchig Kazandjian had sexual relations with a woman who had been involved in a fight with her boyfriend.   The woman reported it as a sexual assault the following day and Kazandjian was placed on paid administrative leave. 

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RI News
2:38 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

Providence's "Superman" building could be converted into apartments

The Industrial Trust tower could be converted into apartments
Credit RIPR file

The downtown Providence skyscraper affectionately known as the “Superman building” may be getting a new lease on life.  The 26 story office building may be going residential.

Providence developer Arnold “Buff” Chace says he has been hired by the owner of the Superman building to conduct a feasibility study into turning it into an apartment building. 

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Morning News Podcast
9:46 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Things are better in Providence, but there is still work to be done. Ousted head of RIPTA, Charles Odimgbe gets $130,000 as part of a severance package.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.


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Politics
8:30 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Providence is on the upswing

Mayor Angel Taveras
Credit Flo Jonic

The fiscal condition of the city of Providence is on the mend.  That was the word from Mayor Angel Taveras as he gave his second ‘State of the City’ address. A lot has changed in a year.

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Morning News Podcast
9:26 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Gate at Brown University
Credit RIPR file

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras delivers his State of the City address this evening.  Treasurer Gina Raimondo says she has cleared out a backlog related to the crime victims compensation program.  These stories and more on the RIPR Morning News Podcast.

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On Politics
3:57 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

What to watch for in Taveras' State of the City address

Taveras during his 2012 State of the City address
Credit Ian Donnis

Providence Mayor Angel Taveras faces a sharply different landscape as he prepares to deliver his second State of the City address at 5:30 pm Tuesday in the City Council Chambers at City Hall. A year ago at this time, Taveras warned of how Providence faced the possibility of going bust. Now, the mayor can tout considerable improvements in the city's fiscal standing - a narrative that meshes with his expected gubernatorial run in 2014.

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