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The new contract would move city firefighters back onto a four platoon shift schedule. Last May, Elorza announced he would reduce the schedule to three platoons. At the time, he estimated the city would save some $5 million dollars on overtime.

The plan was denounced by the firefighters’ union, which said the schedule would require firefighters to work dangerously long hours. The union has sued the city, claiming the schedule improperly calculates overtime, leading to lower pay for firefighters. That dispute is currently in arbitration.

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Rhode Islanders will go to the polls Tuesday to vote in a primary election. The general lack of high-profile races is expected to result in a low turnout of voters. 

  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 speak with Edward Mazze, Distinguished Professor of Business Administration at the University of Rhode Island.

The three discuss Providence Business News’ Summer 2016 Business Survey. They weigh in on positives and negatives in the report, and the changes to Rhode Island’s business climate. The group also talks about developing a “tech savvy” workforce, as well as the lingering effects of the Great Recession.

City officials, veterans and their families gathered at Providence City Hall Friday to memorialize the 15th anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

A small crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance before listening speakers including Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and the city’s chief of police, who recognized the thousands lost in the terrorist attacks. Veterans’ Organization, Operation Stand Down Rhode Island commemorated the servicemen and women who’ve died in the subsequent War on Terror.

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Voters head to the polls Tuesday for primary elections in Rhode Island, and one of those primaries will fill a House seat formerly held by Ray Gallison. The Democrat resigned under a law enforcement probe likely to include legislative grants, given to an organization with Gallison on the payroll. Rhode Island Public Radio Political Analyst Scott MacKay discussed the race with News Director Elisabeth Harrison.

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Critics are voicing disappointment following Gov. Gina Raimondo’s announcement that repairs to the 6/10 connector will be placed on a fast-track, leaving little hope that the corridor will get a major redesign.

Transportation advocates had hoped to see roadway transformed into a boulevard.

Advocates for the idea say a boulevard would offer better access to existing streets in Providence, and make room for pedestrians and cyclists. But the state announced this week the 6/10 connector is in such poor condition, there won’t be time for a major redesign.

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The City of Providence has a new work of public art. Installations have popped up in public spaces across the city over the past year. The latest is a large mural called “BattleCat,” painted by an Austrian artist who goes by the name NYCHOS.

It’s a part of a series of paintings created by international artists visiting the city through a residency program.

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The lawsuit, over the use of a hazardous gasoline additive, names defendants including British Petroleum and Exxon Mobile.

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The storm, Hermine, which made landfall last week has been downgraded from a category one hurricane, to a tropical storm, to what's called a post-tropical cyclone. In general terms that just means a lower-strength event, said Rebecca Gould, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

"Really no different than a Nor’easter," said Gould. "You might get some showers, some rain, probably not until [Monday night] into [Tuesday]. Winds along the south coast will be a bit stronger than anywhere else. We’re expecting gusts up to about 30-35 mph. In Providence 25-30 mph gusts."

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Fishermen and industry advocates say there’s a real hunger among people to learn more about how fishermen do what they do. That’s why they’re planning to install interpretive signs around the fishing docks at Point Judith to answer people’s questions. 

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The first development project on the vacant I-195 land in Providence is complete. The land has sat empty since it became available for development.

Now on one corner of the land near downtown, sits Johnson and Wales University’s new 71,000 thousand square foot science building. The $40 million, three-story building houses a combination of classroom and laboratory space.

On hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony, Governor Gina Raimondo says she hopes the area will eventually be a hub for science and technology.

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The head of the U.S. department of Housing and Urban Development, Julian Castro, makes a stop in the Ocean State today. Castro is working to raise awareness of efforts to prevent lead poisoning.

Castro will join Senator Jack Reed on a tour of several homes in Providence, where federal funds have been used to clean up lead paint. The pair will also meet with housing officials and environmental advocates to discuss efforts to reduce lead exposure, especially among children.

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Robert Kando, the executive director of the state’s Board of Elections, is out. In a four-to-two vote the group chose to terminate the embattled head.Kando has a bumpy track record at the state Board of Elections. In 2013, he unveiled legislation on behalf of the board without informing board members.

More recently, Kando has been repeatedly suspended as the board’s executive director. One of the suspensions came after Kando did not take management classes ordered as part of an earlier suspension.

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  A  community meeting is set for Tuesday  on the future of the 6-10 Connector in Providence. Debate has sprung up over how best to replace the aging infrastructure.

Currently the 6-10 connector is a high-traffic series of roadways, which cut through several Providence neighborhoods. The State Department of Transportation has already offered an initial design proposal, but transportation advocates say it won’t serve the needs of residents, pedestrians and cyclists.

Seth Zeren of the group Fix the 6-10, says the DOT needs to open the project up to more public input.

Repairs are underway for the Tall Ship Providence. The historic ship was destroyed last year after toppling over in windy conditions in the Newport shipyard.

A shipment of Douglas fir tree limbs arrived in Rhode Island from Washington State last week to rebuild the vessel. Captain Thorpe Leeson said work has begun rebuilding the masts and booms out of the massive limbs.

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