PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence has forgiven millions in taxes in recent years for vehicles owned by private colleges, other nonprofits and even some for-profit businesses. WPRI-TV found that the vehicles include luxury models like BMWs, a Mercedes-Benz and a Cadillac. The station reports that for the fiscal year that began July 1, the city projects it will lose out on $476,000 in taxes for 996 vehicles registered to various nonprofits
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Three New England cities are figuring out how to respond after a California company left dozens of electric rental scooters on public sidewalks without warning. The scooters appeared Friday morning in Providence, Rhode Island, and the Massachusetts cities of Cambridge and Somerville. A spokesman for Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says city officials found out about the scooters when they showed up outside City Hall before dawn Friday.
HANOVER, Mass. (AP) - A Massachusetts police officer killed while investigating a car crash has been remembered by his brother-in-law as a family man, a fervent New England Patriots fan and a hero. Weymouth police Sgt. Michael Chesna was laid to rest Friday during a funeral Mass in Hanover, where he lived with his wife and two children. Police say a man threw a large rock at the officer, grabbed his gun and repeatedly shot him with it last Sunday.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's governor says a hacker tried to gain access to state government servers, but the attack was blocked. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo told WJAR-TV Friday that the thwarted hacking occurred about a month ago, on a Friday night. She says cybersecurity experts protected the information that was targeted.
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