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Jorge Elorza sworn in as Providence’s 38th mayor

January 5th, 2015 at 11:01 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Jorge Elorza, the former law professor and Housing Court judge whose first foray into city politics saw him defeat one of the most infamous politicians in Rhode Island history, was sworn in as Providence’s 38th mayor shortly after midnight Monday.

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Aponte claims he has votes to become council president

January 4th, 2015 at 4:49 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Luis A. Aponte, the first Latino candidate elected to the Providence City Council, is expected to become the first Latino president of the City Council Monday afternoon.

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Watch Newsmakers: Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter

January 4th, 2015 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


The Saturday Morning Post: Jan 3

January 3rd, 2015 at 5:01 am by under Nesi's Notes, The Saturday Morning Post

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Providence: Crime down overall, homicides up in 2014

January 2nd, 2015 at 6:42 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence saw an uptick in homicides in 2014, but overall crime was down 15% from the year before, according to police department data released Friday.

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Mayor Sutter: Fixing Fall River may require ‘bitter medicine’

January 2nd, 2015 at 5:22 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – Newly elected Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter is warning city residents that he may propose tough measures in the coming months to deal with the budget problems he’s inherited.

“The city’s finances are under siege,” Sutter said Friday during a taping of WPRI 12′s Newsmakers.

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• Watch: Fall River Mayor Sam Sutter on Newsmakers (Jan. 2)


Audit: Providence ended ’13-’14 fiscal year with slight surplus

December 31st, 2014 at 4:08 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence spent less than it took in during the 2013-14 fiscal year, but the city is still chipping away at a multimillion-dollar deficit from several years ago.

A city audit released Wednesday shows Providence posted a $1.1-million operating surplus for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2014, meaning the city finished the one-year period in the black for a second consecutive year.

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The 12 biggest Rhode Island news stories – of 2015

December 30th, 2014 at 10:40 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi and Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – New Year’s is a time to look back, and to look ahead.

There are a lot of places on the Web where you can read about the big stories of 2014. But what topics and issues will make headlines in 2015? Here’s a rundown, in no particular order.

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Rhode Island sees big drop in GED recipients

December 29th, 2014 at 4:20 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Rhode Island has seen a massive decline in the number of students passing the General Educational Development (GED) test in 2014, mirroring a national trend that has emerged since the exam was revamped for this year.

As of Dec. 8, 200 Rhode Island students had earned their GED in 2014, according to the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE). That’s a 92% decline from 2013, when 2,363 local students earned their high school equivalency certificate.

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Watch Executive Suite: Munroe Dairy’s Rob Armstrong

December 29th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: Bishop Thomas Tobin

December 28th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

December 27th, 2014 at 5:06 am by under Nesi's Notes, The Saturday Morning Post

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Providence suing Brazilian oil company amid corruption claims

December 26th, 2014 at 11:57 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a lawsuit.

The city of Providence on Wednesday filed a class action suit against Petrobras, a multi-billion dollar Brazilian oil company that is currently engulfed in a far-reaching corruption scandal that has investors and ratings services on high alert.

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Central Coventry Fire District files for bankruptcy

December 23rd, 2014 at 6:14 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

COVENTRY, R.I. (WPRI) – The long-struggling Central Coventry Fire District filed for bankruptcy late Tuesday after local firefighters and the Chafee administration failed to reach an agreement to fix its finances despite months of negotiations.

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Arianne Corrente to lead Cicilline office in RI

December 23rd, 2014 at 5:30 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Arianne Corrente, a former top aide to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, will join Congressman David Cicilline’s staff in January as his new district director, WPRI.com has learned.

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Bishop Tobin ‘off to a good start’ with Raimondo

December 23rd, 2014 at 4:28 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Roman Catholic Bishop of Providence Thomas Tobin said Tuesday he and Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo are “off to a good start,” but warned that the two could clash if Raimondo pushes an agenda that supports a woman’s right to choose when she takes office next month.

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7 things to know about Providence car taxes & how they could change

December 23rd, 2014 at 1:49 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza calls it “one of the most regressive taxes that we can have here in the city,” but making changes to Providence’s car tax could come with a steep price tag, according to a report released Monday by the Providence City Council.

The 10-page report suggests raising the current $1,000 tax exemption on the city’s motor vehicles could cost the city between $5.5 million and $20.5 million annually, depending on how much extra the city wants to exempt.

With Elorza set to take office in a few weeks, here are 7 key facts to know about Providence current car tax policy.

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Rhode Island has finally stopped losing manufacturing jobs

December 22nd, 2014 at 11:10 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

It seems as if Rhode Island has been losing manufacturing jobs for about as long as anybody can remember. But it looks like that bit of conventional wisdom needs to be updated.

The number of manufacturing jobs in Rhode Island fell to 39,200 in January 2012, the lowest level since records began in 1990. However, manufacturing employment in the state has increased by 2,000 jobs over the nearly three years since then, and has now returned to the same level as in July 2009, a WPRI.com review of U.S. Labor Department data shows.

Certainly, adding 2,000 manufacturing jobs may not seem like a particularly big deal when you consider that Rhode Island has lost more than 56,000 manufacturing jobs since 1990. Yet what’s noteworthy is that this marks the first time in the last quarter-century that the seemingly endless slide in local manufacturing employment has come to a halt, as this chart shows:

RI manufacturing jobs 1990 to Nov 2014 SA

As the saying goes, flat is the new up.

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Watch Executive Suite: New England Construction’s Sluters

December 22nd, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: Gov. Lincoln Chafee exit interview

December 21st, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

December 20th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Gina Raimondo to attend Charlie Baker’s inauguration

December 18th, 2014 at 7:38 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Gov.-elect Gina Raimondo is planning to attend her Massachusetts counterpart’s inauguration next month, WPRI.com has confirmed.

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Judge rebukes Mollis over flawed Michael Corso filing

December 18th, 2014 at 11:31 am by under Nesi's Notes

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – A Rhode Island Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that Secretary of State Ralph Mollis’s office abused the judiciary for political reasons during its investigation of alleged 38 Studios lobbying violations by Michael Corso.

Mollis defended his actions even as an attorney for Corso called him “a disgrace.”

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Watch Executive Suite: Gregg’s Restaurants; BlumShaprio

December 15th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


Watch Newsmakers: Providence Mayor Angel Taveras

December 14th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes


The Saturday Morning Post: Quick hits on politics & more in RI

December 13th, 2014 at 5:00 am by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site, The Saturday Morning Post

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Mayor Taveras touts improved finances, schools as top accomplishments

December 12th, 2014 at 3:15 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – As he prepares to exit City Hall, Mayor Angel Taveras says he’s leaving Providence in better financial condition than he found it when he took office four years ago.

Taveras acknowledged Rhode Island’s capital city was running out of money in early 2012, but said he has no regrets about his decision to avoid filing for bankruptcy, during two wide-ranging interviews with Eyewitness News. Taveras will appear on WPRI 12’s Newsmakers Sunday morning.

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Mass. firm buys RI’s Warren Equities for $383 million

December 10th, 2014 at 7:02 pm by under Nesi's Notes, On the Main Site

By Ted Nesi

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Warren Equities Inc., a closely held Rhode Island petroleum retailer whose late founder left $100 million to Brown University’s medical school, has been sold to a Massachusetts firm.

Global Partners L.P. said it is paying about $383 million for Providence-based Warren Equities, whose three divisions include the XtraMart convenience store chain and which has regularly made Forbes magazine’s annual list of the largest private companies in the United States. Founder Warren Alpert died in 2007.

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Everything you need to know about RI’s big pre-K expansion

December 10th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Dan McGowan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Why were Rhode Island officials so excited when the White House announced Wednesday that the state had won a $2.3-million federal grant for its preschool program?

Because the influx of funds will help expand one of the most successful state-funded pre-K programs in the country from 17 sites to 60 sites over the next five years, tripling the number of classroom seats offered to four-year-olds across the state.

While many details are still being ironed out, here’s an overview of pre-K in Rhode Island.

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Embattled Coventry fire chief’s pension being examined

December 9th, 2014 at 6:16 pm by under Nesi's Notes

By Tim White

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – The Rhode Island General Treasurer’s office and a state police detective are currently reviewing pension records of embattled Coventry Fire District Chief Paul Labbadia, the Target 12 Investigators have learned.

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