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Mayor Jorge Elorza’s has raised $698,449.96 for his re-election campaign, with $664,229.67 accounting for expenses and liabilities.

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Mayor Elorza’s campaign funds exceed competitor’s by half million

February 16, 2018 0 comments

As of the final fiscal quarter of FY ’17 the difference in campaign funds between Providence Democratic mayoral candidates Mayor Jorge Elorza and Kobi Dennis is over half a million dollars.

Gov. Gina Raimondo’s new budget proposal aims to increase availability of medical marijuana and reduce opiod use.

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R.I. eyes medical marijuana expansion

February 16, 2018 0 comments

The number of medical marijuana dispensaries in Rhode Island could increase from three to 15, raising $5.1 million in projected revenue, according to a new budget proposal released by Gov. Gina Raimondo Jan. 18.

New legislation sponsored by Rep. Joseph Solomon D-22 aims to inform youth about consent during sex education courses in secondary schools.

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Bill allows consent education in R.I. schools

February 15, 2018 0 comments

The Rhode Island House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare unanimously passed House Bill 7044, which allows consent to be included in sex education curricula in secondary schools, Wednesday night.

The Providence Safe Stations Program creates a discreet and accessible form of aid for those suffering from opioid addiction, providing immediate help to those who ring the bell of a fire station. Currently offered at all 12 stations in the city, the program has treated two people since it began Jan. 2.

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City’s fire stations open to those battling opioid addiction

February 14, 2018 0 comments

The Providence Safe Stations Program, which opened the city’s 12 fire stations to those battling opioid addiction, treated its second person suffering from addiction Monday, less than two months after its inception, said Acting Emergency Medical Services Chief Captain Zachariah Kenyon, who spearheaded the program. As the program gains publicity, […]

The United Health Infrastructure Project obstructed many residents from receiving their benefits. The discussion also highlighted the state’s poor timeliness rate for the processing of food stamp applications.

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Committee on Oversight reviews lawsuits about insurance, food stamps

February 9, 2018 0 comments

Over a year after the faulty implementation of the United Health Infrastructure Project, the R.I. House Committee on Oversight is still finding a way forward.

Mayor Jorge Elorza responded to the protest by welcoming continued negotiation with the Providence Teachers Union.

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Elorza, teachers union clash at City Hall

February 7, 2018 0 comments

Yesterday, in the Council Chambers of City Hall, Mayor Jorge Elorza was scheduled to begin his annual State of the City address at 6 p.m.

The Narragansett Bay Commission will convert sludge into energy in its wastewater treatment plants. Wind turbines and solar facilities also contribute to the Commission’s goal to be 100 percent renewable by 2020.

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Wastewater plant to turn sludge into renewable energy

February 6, 2018 0 comments

Wastewater treatment plants certainly have enough sludge, but they’re in need of another commodity: energy.

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NAACP, community unite in response to racist flyers

February 6, 2018 0 comments

The Providence chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People called a press conference Monday at 12:30 p.m. at the intersection of Brook and George streets.

Congress fine-tunes music legislation

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Congress fine-tunes music legislation

February 4, 2018 0 comments

The Music Modernization Act, a recently introduced piece of legislation under consideration by Congress, aims to revamp the musical licensing system, according to the bill.

Jorge Elorza, first elected mayor in Nov. 2014, is seeking re-election in 2018. He continues to support leasing the city water supply to fund pensions.

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Elorza reiterates call to lease Providence Water Supply Board

February 4, 2018 0 comments

Mayor Jorge Elorza is continuing to press for the leasing of the Providence Water Supply Board to fund the city’s $1 billion long-term pension liabilities.