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Mayor Elorza, Center for Women and Enterprise to Announce PVD Self-Employment Program for Providence Residents

PROVIDENCE, RI - Mayor Jorge Elorza will join members of the Providence City Council, Economic Opportunity Director Brian Hull, Center for Women and Enterprise Director for Rhode Island, Maryellen O'Mahony, and Francine Lepizzera, Workforce Development Supervisor from Workforce Solutions of Providence/Cranston to announce the launch of the PVD Self-Employment Program that will provide up to 100 unemployed and under-employed Providence residents with the entrepreneurship training and support necessary to allow them to start their own businesses in the City. The program will be administered by the Center for Women and Enterprise and will offer participants business plan development courses and…
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House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan Questions Effectiveness of RIDOT Spending

STATE HOUSE - House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan is questioning ten years of contract extensions on the I-95 South Viaduct Bridge Project. "My office submitted various APRA requests and the information provided by the Department of Transportation opened up more questions than answers, which I find deeply troubling," stated Leader Morgan. She continued, "A 2016 highway report shows that Rhode Island is among the worst states in the nation for cost-effectiveness of highway spending. The Providence Viaduct exemplifies this ineffectiveness and lack of efficiency for our taxpayer dollars." The report, issued by the Reason Foundation in 2016 about the performance…
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Lt. Governor McKee Statement on Changes to Rhode Island Healthcare System

PROVIDENCE, RI – Lt. Governor McKee issued the following statement on potential changes to Rhode Island's healthcare system: "I am glad that Brown University is opening up a discussion on locally-focused options for preserving our hospital system. Rhode Island residents need a solution that will protect industry talent and jobs and promote maintaining health services right here in our state. Several months ago, I urged Rhode Island to explore all hospital-related options that would support our state's interests and prevent a brain and job drain from Rhode Island to neighboring states. Brown University’s announcement today is an encouraging development in…
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Pawtucket and Central Falls Request Department of Health Move Forward with Memorial Hospital Plans

PAWTUCKET - Mayor Donald R. Grebien and Central Falls Mayor James Diossa requested that the Rhode Island Department of Health continue to move forward with the conditions that they placed upon Care New England to ensure health care services remain in the community and residents have access. The Mayors requested an update on the implementation of the conditions, including: the opening of a walk-in clinic; details for constituents regarding the transportation plans and Family Care and Internal Medicine Centers; and the hiring of an independent consultant. In addition, the conditions placed upon Care New England required the convening of a…
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Assault at the Juanita Sanchez Educational Complex Wednesday morning. Student hit in the head with a gun

Providence police report On 01/10/2018 at approximately 0948 hrs, School Resource Officer Pea along with Patrol units responded to Juanita Sanchez High School located at 182 Thurbers Ave for a report of a person with a gun. SRO Pea was notified via cellphone by the school’s Assistant Principal Testa at which time she was advised to put the school on lockdown. Police responded to the Principal’s office and spoke to a student identified as Edgar Matos DOB 1 /00, student later identified as DOB 6/ /03 opened the side door (near custodian office on Richardson street) and waited to let…
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Secretary of State Gorbea sets dates for special election in Senate District 8

PROVIDENCE, RI - Secretary of State Nellie M. Gorbea announced that there will be a special election in Senate District 8 to fill the seat of former Senator James E. Doyle, II on Tuesday, April 3, 2018. Senate District 8 includes the city of Pawtucket. "I appreciate Senator Doyle's service to the people of Rhode Island," Secretary Gorbea said. "We are working closely with the Board of Elections and the Pawtucket Board of Canvassers to make sure that eligible voters in Senate District 8 can elect their new representative in state government in an election process that is fair, fast,…
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Lt. Governor McKee Calls for Rollback of National Grid Rate Increases

PROVIDENCE, RI - Lt. Governor Dan McKee is calling on the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to recalculate National Grid's existing and proposed electricity rates to reflect the reduction of the federal corporate tax from 35 to 21 percent. Earlier this month, Massachusetts' primary electricity supplier, Eversource, agreed to pass on approximately $31 million in savings from the new federal tax legislation to its customers following a formal Motioned filed with the Division of Public Utilities by the state's Attorney General. In a letter sent this afternoon, Lt. Governor McKee urged the PUC to reevaluate National Grid's most recent…
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Senators Reed and Whitehouse, and Providence Officials Join RIDOT Kick Off Long-Awaited 6-10 Interchange Project

Governor Gina Raimondo joined with Senator Jack Reed, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Director Peter Alviti to officially begin work on the 6-10 Interchange. The 6-10 Interchange rebuild languished for 30 years. Today's ceremony launched the $410 million project using a design-build approach that will save money and complete the project more quickly than anticipated. During the years of indecision and inaction on this vital highway link, its network of bridges deteriorated to the point where seven of nine bridges were classified as structurally deficient. Temporary supports were installed and millions…
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A man wanted for a deadly shooting in Dorchester Massachusetts was arrested Sunday in Middletown Rhode Island

On Sunday, January 7, 2018, members of the BPD Fugitive Apprehension Unit and Homicide Unit, assisted by members of the Marshals and law enforcement partners in the Rhode Island area, arrested 28-year-old Marquis Martin of Roxbury for Murder by virtue of a felony warrant out of Dorchester District Court. Officers were able to locate the suspect at a motel in Middleton, Rhode Island where he was placed in custody without incident after a forced entry. The arrest came just a little more than two months after the shooting death of David Cole in Dorchester. Said Police Commissioner William Evans, “Solving…
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