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Elorza expected to sign ordinance banning plastic bags

PROVIDENCE – The City Council has approved an ordinance banning the use of plastic bags citywide, WPRI-TV CBS 12 reported.The revised ordinance follows a...
A BILL INTRODUCED by Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio, D-Providence, that would give greater power to the state to direct projects on state-owned land, will now move to the Senate for a vote. / PBN FILE PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Ruggerio eyes speedier development

The power of cities and towns to block, or even shape, development they don’t like could be dramatically altered under an economic-development bill introduced...
PROVIDENCE IS expanding its electric dockless electric bike program called JUMP to 1,100 vehicles and is expanding the service area to cover the entire city. / PBN PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

Providence expands e-bike fleet to cover entire city

PROVIDENCE – The JUMP bike share service will expand its fleet by 700 bikes to 1,100 electronic, dockless bikes and will expand its service...
WORK HAS BEGUN on the Gotham Greens greenhouse facility in Providence. Above is a rendering of the project. / COURTESY GOTHAM GREENS

Gotham Greens previews Providence greenhouse facility

PROVIDENCE – Gov. Gina M. Raimondo and Mayor Jorge O. Elorza welcomed a 110,000-square-foot greenhouse farm at 555 Harris Ave. for Gotham Greens Holdings...
FEEDING TIME: Jennifer Warmbold, lead keeper of Africa at the Roger Williams Park Zoo, prepares to feed lettuce to some of the zoo’s Masai giraffes. The zoo is in phase one of a three-phase, 20-year master plan to renovate and expand the Providence attraction.  
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MICHAEL SALERNO

Can a zoo boost the economy?

Adults and kids stare, almost unblinking, at the sleek bodies of giant river otters gliding dreamily in figure eights through their tank.The human faces...

Does arbitration favor firefighters?

A study released in December found Rhode Island’s spending for fire protection remains the highest of any state in the nation.It’s been that way...
NATIONAL GRID plans to start construction this month on a natural gas liquefaction facility at Fields Point that has been opposed by residents, environmentalists, and some local officials. / COURTESY/NATIONAL GRID PLC

Construction to start soon on Fields Point natural gas liquefaction plant

PROVIDENCE – National Grid Rhode Island plans to start construction soon on its controversial Fields Point natural gas liquefaction plant at Providence’s seaport, the...
ZOMBIE LEGISLATION: Despite being rejected two years ago by the General Assembly, the city has again proposed monetizing the water it owns to help it pay down long-term obligations to employees. 
 / COURTESY PROVIDENCE WATER SUPPLY BOARD

Elorza money-for-water pension fix should sink

Some ideas won’t die, no matter how bad they are.Two years ago Mayor Jorge O. Elorza floated a plan to create a new state-supported...

City again eyes water-system lease

As the saying goes, if at first you don’t succeed – try, try again. That’s what Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza is doing with...

PPS Superintendent Maher to leave post following school year

PROVIDENCE – Christopher N. Maher, superintendent of Providence Public Schools, has announced his resignation, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza said on Feb. 26.Maher will serve...
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