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R.I. legislators propose tax on sugary beverages

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R.I. legislators propose tax on sugary beverages

May 25, 2021 0 comments

Rhode Island legislators proposed a pair of bills that would impose a 1.5-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary beverages such as non-diet soda, sports drinks and fruit drinks with added sugars.

The CDC’s guidance only applies for fully vaccinated individuals, defined as those who received their final dose of a vaccine two weeks ago.

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Mask mandate in Rhode Island lifted following CDC guidance, remains in effect at University

May 24, 2021 1 comment

Rhode Island Governor Dan McKee lifted the statewide mask mandate May 18 following the release of new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer have to wear a mask in most settings.

DishUp RI helped launch 13 new products from local Rhode Island eateries, including Kabob and Curry and La Arepa. 33 entrepreneurs total are in the program, and Dave’s Fresh Marketplace purchased $50,000 worth of products.

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DishUp RI launches 13 products from local restaurant entrepreneurs

May 23, 2021 0 comments

On May 21, some restaurateurs ventured into retail by releasing locally made products — like a spice mix with flavors from Kabob and Curry or Elena’s Sweet Corn Cakes from La Arepa — for sale on the shelves of Dave’s Fresh Marketplace.

Peters resigns after joining PPSD as superintendent in February 2020

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PPSD Superintendent Harrison Peters resigns

May 23, 2021 0 comments

Providence Public Schools Superintendent Harrison Peters and the Rhode Island Department of Education reached an agreement Friday to terminate Peters’ contract amid growing concerns over his hiring of a school administrator charged with assaulting a teenage boy and his knowledge of five allegations by students against the administrator of non-consensual […]

Community groups ask for changes to Brook St. dorm plan

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Community groups ask for changes to Brook St. dorm plan

May 18, 2021 2 comments

Multiple East Side neighborhood groups and Ward 1 Councilman John Goncalves ‘13 MA ‘15 released a letter Monday demanding changes to the University proposal for a two-building residence hall on Brook Street, including shrinking the proposed structure and adding back retail space that had been removed from previous proposals. Goncalves, […]

Providence receives “F” on ozone pollution in American Lung Association report

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Providence receives “F” on ozone pollution in American Lung Association report

May 18, 2021 0 comments

The American Lung Association’s annual State of the Air report for Providence gave the city an F for ozone pollution, but found that particle pollution is at an acceptable level.

Thayer sees turnover as pandemic restrictions ease

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Thayer sees turnover as pandemic restrictions ease

May 13, 2021 0 comments

College Hill looks different than it did a year ago. While several small businesses and chains have been forced to close due to a drop in profits during the COVID-19 pandemic, new storefronts, including restaurants such as Tribos Peri Peri and Ayame Hibachi and Sushi, look to fill these vacancies. 

The legislation would raise the current $11.50 minimum wage in four stages, every January 1 from 2022 to 2025.

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$15 minimum wage bill passes R.I. House

May 13, 2021 0 comments

The Rhode Island House of Representatives passed legislation which would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2025, in a vote of 58 to 16 May 6.

Close High Side Coalition advocates for limits on solitary confinement practices through Restrictive Housing Act

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Close High Side Coalition advocates for limits on solitary confinement practices through Restrictive Housing Act

May 12, 2021 0 comments

Close High Side Coalition — a community alliance that includes attorneys, formerly incarcerated people, the re-entry organization Open Doors and Direct Action for Rights and Equality’s prison abolition campaign — is advocating for an end to long-term solitary confinement in the Rhode Island prison system. 

The $3.1 million grant seeks to increase teacher diversity through a three-year college loan repayment program.

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PPSD receives $3 million grant to advance teacher diversity

May 12, 2021 1 comment

The Rhode Island Foundation will grant $3.1 million to the Providence Public School District to hire more teachers of color through a three-year college loan repayment program, according to an April 26 press release.