Bird scooters are gone from the sidewalks and streets of the capital city. The stocky, electric scooters were in the city for  several weeks, but now the company needs permission to keep operating.

They landed without warning on the sidewalks of cities across the country this summer. In Providence, residents had started to discover the scooters, which are unlocked with an app, then left on the sidewalk for the next user.

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In less than five weeks, Rhode Islanders will go to the polls for a primary election. And because the state has so few Republican voters, primaries sometimes decide who will hold a political office even before the general election. That's the case in a Providence race between a former Trump supporter and an incumbent Democrat.

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Two people participating in a counter-protest to a right-wing rally at the Rhode Island Statehouse on Saturday were arrested, according to police.

One was a 34-year-old Massachusetts man who police said threw fecal matter – likely left by a Providence Policeman’s horse -- at a state trooper.  Andrew St. Jean, of Gill, Mass., was charged with felony assault and disorderly conduct.

Police also arrested Alex Carrion, also 34, of Providence. Police said Carrion hit another man with an unknown object while inside the Providence Place Mall, where rally participants had parked.  

A Providence resident was charged Wednesday with stabbing a member of Governor Gina Raimondo’s administrative staff, Police say. Kenneth Suarez, 18, was charged with felony assault for allegedly stabbing Daniel Brown, 54, in the neck.

Brown is a Department of Labor and Training employee on assignment in the governor’s Constituent Affairs office where he handles job training opportunities.

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Summer is a dangerous time to be homeless. When temperatures top 90 degrees, as they did again on Tuesday, there’s a risk of dehydration, heat exhaustion and sunstroke.

To reduce this risk, outreach workers have been hitting the streets, hoping to convince more people to come inside. One of those workers, Chris Curtin, was out on a recent morning, as he is most weekdays.

Working Outside, Despite The Heat

Jul 10, 2018
Eli Morimoto

Outdoor workers took the heat again Tuesday, as temperatures spiked into the 90s in some parts of Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Fireworks And Parades Abound Despite Independence Day Heat Wave

Jul 4, 2018
Susan Greenhalgh

Fireworks displays, parades and other Fourth of July celebrations are going forward in southern New England, in spite of a heat wave that's brought temperatures in the upper 80s and 90s, especially in inland areas.

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With Independence Day just around the corner, don’t miss out on a variety of events planned across Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts. Whether you’re a major foodie or a boat connoisseur, there’s something for everyone this year.


Providence budget talks are back on track, according to the Mayor. The city’s finance committee is expected to meet Wednesday to vote the budget out of committee.

The city council rejected a $750 million budget last week, after initially approving the plan. The Council did vote to pass a tax levy.  Mayor Jorge Elorza accused the council of asking residents to pay taxes without knowing how their money will be spent.

After meeting with council leaders Monday, Elorza says he believes he’s addressed their concerns about the budget.

Former state Representative John Carnevale -- who was found by the Providence Board of Canvassers in 2016 to not be a legal voter in the district he represented -- wants his old post back.

Carnevale, a Democrat, has filed a declaration at City Hall indicating he's running for the seat now held by Rep. Ramon Perez (D-Providence).

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Randi Weingarten, leader of the American Federation of Teachers, was in Providence this afternoon. The union leader toured a public elementary school and high school. She’s urging support for a statewide bond to pay for school building repairs.

During her visit to Mt. Pleasant high school, Weingarten criticized Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza over a teacher contract dispute between his office and city teachers that has dragged on over the last year. She accused Elorza of being inflexible in his approach to working with teachers.

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Jeb Bush, the former Governor of Florida and presidential hopeful was in the Ocean State Wednesday. 

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The Providence city plan commission will meet Wednesday to review plans for a new skyscraper proposed for the city’s Jewelry District. 

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Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza unveiled a $745 million budget proposal Tuesday that avoids tax increases, maintains level-funding for city schools, and the mayor said, prepares Rhode Island's capital city for growth and success.

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For decades, Liberian refugees were allowed to live and work in the U.S. following the Liberian Civil War of the 1990s. President Donald Trump announced the end of that policy in March, giving protected Liberians just one year to prepare for deportation.

Liberians living in Southern New England are confused and disappointed. The Whitehouse says the Liberian policy is no longer necessary, because country is stable after years of war and the 2014 Ebola outbreak. But local Liberians disagree.