PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Providence is trying to figure out how to create more affordable housing. The Providence City Council passed a resolution Thursday night creating a commission to look at why housing is expensive in Providence and what can be done about it. The commission will consider ways to incentivize developers to partner with the city to create more affordable housing, for example.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - An environmental group has asked the Superior Court to weigh in on the governor's power to appoint members to the agency tasked with preserving coastal resources. Save The Bay, a Narragansett Bay advocacy organization, filed the complaint Friday. The organization says the 10 members of the Coastal Resources Management Council are all appointed by the governor.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island court officials have asked lawmakers to clarify legislation passed last year taking guns away from domestic abusers. Democratic Rep. Teresa Tanzi has introduced a bill to update the law. About 20 gun-related measures will be heard before the House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. Court spokesman Craig Berke says judges had concerns over ambiguity in the original bill.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Rhode Island's four-year high school graduation rates have improved slightly, but substantial racial and economic gaps remain. The state Department of Education announced Friday that 84.1 percent of the state's class of 2017 graduated _ a 1.3 percentage point increase from the previous year. But the numbers show that urban school districts' graduation rates are much lower than suburban districts.
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