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URGENT NEED: R.I. Department of Energy Resources Commissioner Carol Grant said the state is pursuing offshore wind and other clean- and renewable-energy sources with “a sense of urgency” in an effort to achieve a savings for the Rhode Island consumer, who is subject to the some of the nation’s highest electricity prices.
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‘Urgency’ grows for offshore wind projects

The stakes are rising fast in the fledgling offshore wind-energy industry, as companies jockey for position in the waters from Cape Cod to the...

Providence pays $6M to settle firefighter overtime lawsuits

PROVIDENCE – The city has paid $6.1 million to settle state and federal lawsuits regarding firefighter overtime payments, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported April 30. According...
THE MURAL on the left is on the rear of the AS220 building downtown. At right, one of the portraits in the city-funded Seen Unseen grouping. /PBN FILE PHOTO/MARK S. MURPHY

Providence launches new public art program, identifies potential funding sources

PROVIDENCE – The city will launch a comprehensive public arts program, leaders announced on Thursday, to include planning annually for new projects that could...
MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA first took office in 2014. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza proposes $745M fiscal 2019 budget for Providence

PROVIDENCE – Holding the line on taxes, Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Tuesday proposed increasing the city and school budget 1.1 percent to...

City giving meters generate $904 in 7 months to support homeless

PROVIDENCE – The city has collected more than $900 since installing orange “giving meters” seven months ago in high pedestrian-traffic areas throughout the city...
MAYOR JORGE O. ELORZA announced the city's new Advanced Internship Program Monday. The program will match qualified Providence youth ages 14-24 with an employer for paid internships. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

Elorza introduces Advanced Internship Program for Providence youth

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza joined numerous leaders in the public and private sectors in announcing the city's Advanced Internship Program Monday. The program...
THE PROVIDENCE POLICE department has been awarded a $700,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to work with The Providence Center and Roger Williams University to create a strategy to reduce recidivism in the use of emergency services by those suffering from alcohol or drug addiction and mental health issues.

PPD gets $700K Smart Policing Innovation Grant from D.O.J.

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Police Department received $700,000 from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Smart Policing Initiative: Smart Policing Innovation Grant, the PPD announced...

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