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Council calls Elorza’s pick for police role into question amid new...

PROVIDENCE – Controversy surrounding Mayor Jorge O. Elorza’s pick for a new Providence Police Department post has escalated with new allegations about the hiring...
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1. Not all R.I. colleges are requiring staff, faculty to get vaccinated POSTED ONLINE: AUG. 3. The push by local colleges to get students...

Keep up crackdown on ATVs

Stepped-up efforts by Providence police to curtail the presence of illegal all-terrain vehicles have paid off with the seizure of about 30 over a...
JACKS OF ALL TRADES: Because Rhode Island’s General Assembly serves part time, the 75 representatives and 38 senators make their living in a variety of other ways, including as lawyers, teachers, bankers, public employees and health care workers. Fifteen are retirees. The “other” category includes two stay-at-home parents, two farmers, a carpenter, a landscaper, a law student and a Ph.D. student. Four citizen legislators are featured on Pages 14 and 15. / SOURCE: R.I. GENERAL ASSEMBLY OFFICIALS  /  ILLUSTRATION: PBN/ANNE EWING

DOUBLE DUTY: Should R.I.’s citizen legislature become a full-time body?

Every year, Rhode Island’s 113-member citizen legislature has plenty to pack into a six-month session. This year has been no different. Major issues debated include...

Police: 9 wounded in Providence shooting

PROVIDENCE (AP) – Nine people were wounded Thursday evening in Rhode Island's capital in what police there believe to be the largest shooting in city...
BOB BURKE, owner of Pot Au Feu in downtown Providence, covered his restaurant in plywood on Friday ahead of planned demonstrations. / PBN FILE PHOTO/NANCY LAVIN

Are you comfortable visiting Providence to shop, eat or explore the...

Has Providence become less safe to visit in the past year? Not according to crime statistics. Nearly every category of crime dropped dramatically in 2020,...
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.
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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...

Former Providence police officer arraigned on fraud charges

PROVIDENCE – Jesse Ferrell, 51, a former city police officer, was arraigned March 12 on charges of credit card fraud, unlawful conversion, computer crime...

Providence unlikely to fit Trump administration’s sanctuary-city definition

PROVIDENCE – The state’s capital does not appear to fit the definition of “sanctuary city” recently released by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, WPRI-TV...

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