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PROVIDENCE MAYOR Jorge O. Elorza said the Providence Business Loan Fund was revamped under his administration and the program so far has provided more than $2.4 million in loans to local small businesses duriing his administration. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Elorza emphasizes Providence business loan program

PROVIDENCE – Mayor Jorge O. Elorza recently toured local businesses helped by the Providence Business Loan Fund. Elorza, running against two democratic challengers in the...

Cranston agrees to DOJ immigration compliance

CRANSTON – Mayor Alan W. Fung, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, signed an agreement with the U.S. Department of Justice this week, agreeing to terms...

Providence and Central Falls file lawsuit against U.S. Department of Justice

PROVIDENCE – The cities of Providence and Central Falls have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Justice, similar to the lawsuit Attorney General...
THE PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY announced a $25 million renovation project to its downtown Providence building and a capital campaign to fund it. / COURTESY PROVIDENCE PUBLIC LIBRARY

Providence Public Library announces $25M renovation and capital campaign

PROVIDENCE – The Providence Public Library has announced a $25 million renovation that includes safety system upgrades and infrastructure improvements at the library’s downtown...

Providence special-events permitting goes digital

PROVIDENCE – The city has launched a digital special-permit system to offer “streamlined” services for easier access to necessary permits and applications for those...
MICHAEL J. YELNOSKY, who has served as Roger Williams University School of Law dean for four years to the week, along with public sector union leaders and other academics, comments on the local impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s June 27 ruling in Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31. PBN FILE PHOTO / COURTESY JULIE BRIGIDI/OGGI PHOTOGRAPHY

In ‘insulated’ R.I., unions seen surviving court ruling

Paul A. Doughty, Local 799 Providence Firefighters union president, says he’s not concerned about possible membership drops or financial woes after a June 27...

City sues opioid manufacturers, distributors over deceptive marketing

PROVIDENCE – The city has filed a lawsuit against opioid manufacturers and distributors, asserting the deceptive marketing, prescribing, overdistribution and sale of opioids have...

Elorza approves $749M FY19 budget

PROVIDENCE - Mayor Jorge O. Elorza on Monday finalized a $748.7 million fiscal year 2019 city budget that he said again has no tax...
FIVE CANDIDATES have filed to run in the Providence mayoral race. Mayor Jorge O. Elorza will face two democrats in the primaries. / PBN FILE PHOTO/STEPHANIE ALVAREZ EWENS

5 candidates file for Providence mayoral race

PROVIDENCE – Five candidates have filed for the Providence mayoral race, according to the R.I. Department of State.This year, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza will...
IMMIGRATION ACTIVIST: H. Jefferson Melish is a lawyer, as well as a member and activist on the South Kingstown Immigration Task Force and the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union. South Kingstown is the only municipality in the state to adopt a version of an ACLU ordinance that rejects local police cooperation with a federal program that deputizes local police departments to cooperate with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
 / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Long-simmering divisions on immigration have boiled over nationally. Is the Ocean...

In March 2017 the Rhode Island chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union drafted a model ordinance that would reject local police cooperation with...
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