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Official questions city relationship with media outlet

July 24, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city council member is calling on a news website to return tens of thousands of dollars it received from the city as part of a contract to publish meeting notices.

The Providence Journal reports the city’s Council President David Salvatore is saying website GolocalProv.com should return $67,500. He’s calling it a “strange arrangement” and unnecessary considering the city launched an open meeting portal in 2013 with easy online access to the public for meeting information. The publication was founded in 2010 by former councilman Josh Fenton.

Salvatore is questioning whether a former council president was being tipped off to stories related to City Hall. The contract is no longer active, as Salvatore declined to extend it soon after he became president.

Fenton did not respond to requests for comment Tuesday.

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Information from: The Providence Journal, http://www.providencejournal.com

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