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JAMES S. BENNETT has been named R.I. Commerce Corp.'s new president and chief operating officer. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE MAYOR'S OFFICE

R.I. Commerce names Bennett new president

PROVIDENCE – The city’s former economic development director will now lead R.I. Commerce Corp. James S. Bennett, who led Providence’s economic development from 2011 through...

City scooter vendor files for bankruptcy protection

PROVIDENCE – Touted as environmentally friendly alternatives to other forms of transit, the future of the city’s Shared Micromobility Program offering rentable scooters and...
HOMEGROWN: Amelia Lopez, left, Southside Community Land Trust food access associate, and Appoline Alphonsine, a college intern, sort through vegetables harvested by the Providence nonprofit. SCLT recently received an $80,000 grant from the city that was not part of the $10 million racial reparation initiative. Some have complained that the city is moving too slow on deploying the $10 million equities program.
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What happened to Providence’s reparations initiative?

Jim Vincent threw himself into the work when he was appointed to the Providence Municipal Reparations Commission in early 2022 because he saw an...
STALLED? ­Providence Mayor Brett P. Smiley says he supports the city’s $10 million racial reparations program but is still reviewing plans for how the money should be spent in the ­community. 
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Time to move forward with $10M reparations program

Ten months after city officials approved a spending plan for a $10 million racial reparations program championed by former Mayor Jorge O. Elorza, only...
REACTIONS TO THIS PAST weekend's PVDFest remain mixed, with some community members feel the lack of activity downtown impacted both the event and businesses. / COURTESY PVDFEST

After weekend festival, emotions on PVDFest remain mixed

PROVIDENCE – PVDFest this past weekend, according to some business leaders, was a tale of two cities. After several changes were made, including moving PVDFest...

U.S. expands curfews for asylum-seeking families to 13 cities as an...

SAN DIEGO (AP) – U.S. authorities are sharply expanding the reach of curfews for the heads of asylum-seeking families while they wait for initial...
THE TAX BREAKS the city of Providence has given developer Arnold "Buff" Chace Jr. and entities controlled by Chace have prompted the City Council to hire legal help in potentially undoing that deal. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Could fighting tax deal prove costly for Providence?

The Providence City Council’s recent move to pursue legal action against a local developer’s tax deal may help the city recoup revenue from previously...
BACKING CHARTERS: Janie Segui Rodriguez founded the nonprofit Stop the Wait RI to oppose legislation in 2021 that would have put a hold on opening new charter schools for three years. The legislation failed to pass. 
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Charter schools fight to grow as demand increases

Most parents don’t want to gamble with their children’s education. But for some, to provide what they believe is the right choice for their...
PVDFEST IS SHIFTING this year from being downtown to along the Providence River. While Mayor Brett P. Smiley's office is saying the changes are more to focus on the local arts community, local business owners say the location change and prohibition of block parties will hurt them economically. / COURTESY PVDFEST

Is change a good thing for PVDFest? Some say no

PROVIDENCE – A citywide event that normally brings the community together to welcome in the summer and celebrate local artists has now raised some...
THE SETTLEMENT of a lawsuit filed by three former Barrington teachers who lost their jobs for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination on religious grounds will likely not set a precedent for similar cases, according to legal observers. / AP FILE PHOTO/TED S. WARREN

Fallout from settlement in Barrington COVID-19 vaccine lawsuit?

A recent settlement between Barrington Public Schools and three former teachers who were fired for refusing to get COVID-19 vaccinations will likely have little...
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