Providence

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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.

Baseball is back, there are rumors of warmer temperatures, and the political beat continues to run hot. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Thousands of Liberian refugees living in the United States have one year left before they face deportation.

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Planning officials, neighborhood groups and developers are gathering Thursday at the Rhode Island Convention Center for Grow Smart Rhode Island’s Power of Place Summit. The annual summit is meant to showcase ideas for developing stronger, more vibrant communities. Grow Smart RI’s executive director, Scott Wolf, said one of the new obstacles to smarter development is what he calls “renewable energy sprawl.”

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DelSesto Middle School in Providence is one of more than a dozen schools across Rhode Island using new computer software in the classroom, designed with help from Facebook. 

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The Providence City Council has passed an ordinance discouraging shoppers from single-use paper or plastic bags. 

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On the West Side of Providence, streets were mainly quiet as snow fell and wind howled through the trees. Many businesses shut down, and plenty of residents stayed warm and dry indoors. But the sidewalks were scattered with more than a dozen snowblowers and shovelers.

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The film “Black Panther” is breaking records at the box office, thanks in part to fans excited to see a black superhero take center stage. And there’s a local effort underway to bring hundreds of Newport schoolchildren to see the movie.

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Across Southern New England, people ventured outside without jackets and scarves Wednesday, as temperatures climbed to record-breaking highs in some places.

According to the National Weather Service, Providence broke the record for February 21st around 2 p.m., when the mercury hit 64 degrees.

But National Weather Service meteorologist Nicole Belk said the balmy weather was still a ways away from breaking the monthly record.

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In a win for historic preservationists, Brown University is changing its plans for a new performing arts center. The proposal for a new building drew the ire of some community members in the city.

Tenants say the high cost of rent and poor living conditions are driving some Providence renters out of their homes. 

In a city where more than half the population rents, some Providence tenants say they feel powerless when landlords raise the rent unexpectedly or neglect problems in their homes.

There was a lot going down in Providence this week, so that's a good place to start Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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