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Teacher shortages continue to strain PPSD

The Providence Public School District currently has 129 teacher vacancies, according to Maribeth Calabro, president of the Providence Teachers Union. These vacancies have been caused by various factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic, curriculum and certification requirements.


Downtown businesses detail experiences during the pandemic

Nearly two years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic with public health conditions still changing, businesses on Westminster Street in downtown Providence have persevered, in part because of rallying support for local shops, owners say.  Even when Rhode Island had the highest COVID-19 ...

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Neo-Nazis disrupt book reading at local library 

Members of the neo-Nazi group NSC-131 disrupted a reading of “The Communist Manifesto” at the Red Ink Community Library in the Mount Hope neighborhood of Providence Feb. 21, banging on windows and screaming at attendees inside the building.

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Two men sue ACI on grounds of illegal sentencing

Joao Neves and Pablo Ortega were just teenagers when they were sentenced to life in prison. Under a law passed last July called the Youthful Offenders Act, colloquially known as “Mario’s Law,” they are entitled to a parole hearing after serving 20 years, according to American Civil Liberties ...

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McKee administration proposes $150 million for climate action

Governor Dan McKee’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2023 includes over $150 million in funding for measures intended to fight climate change and further develop the state’s green economy, according to a Jan. 19 press release. The funding will go towards initiatives such as installing electric ...


RI reaches 95% one-dose vaccination rate

With COVID-19 still raging across the world, Rhode Island has reached a 95% one-dose vaccination rate, currently making it tied for the state with the highest percentage of residents partially vaccinated. Public health experts say the achievement demonstrates Rhode Islanders’ commitment to softening ...

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