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Political Roundtable: Regunberg On Progressives, Education & 38 Studios

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook for progressives in the General Assembly after recent primary victories; Governor Raimondo's focus on education; and the latest settlement involving 38 Studios.
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Katherine Gregg Taking On New Political Reporter Role At ProJo

Katherine Gregg, who was reassigned last month from her longtime beat at the Statehouse, has been named the Providence Journal's political reporter, covering major stories and the state's congressional delegation, RIPR has learned. Gregg will work from the ProJo's downtown office on Fountain Street as part of the new assignment. She declined to comment when contacted by RIPR. The news that Gregg was being taken off the Statehouse beat, after more than 30 years of covering Smith Hill,...
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The first televised general election presidential debate is tonight. There will be only two candidates on stage, Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump. That leaves out the two third party candidates and it’s inspired RIPR political analyst  Scott MacKay to consider the role of third parties in American politics.  (Advance copy of commentary that airs Monday).

Providence Business News Editor Mark Murphy joins Rhode Island Public Radio's Dave Fallon for our weekly business segment, The Bottom Line.

This week Mark and Dave discuss the state of the 38 Studios Settlements. Last week, the state and executives from the failed video game company, including former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, agreed to a $2.5 million settlement. This is the second settlement announced this month; the other was worth $25 million, with financial firms Wells Fargo and Barclays Capital.

Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein approved Friday the latest settlement over the failure of 38 Studios. Under terms of the deal, an insurance policy for Curt Schilling and three other company executives will pay the state $2.5 million.

The settlement was announced earlier this week. The mediator in the case said given the uncertainty of a trial, it was better for the state to accept the settlement.

Dick Ernst was as Rhode Island as Del’s Lemonade, Federal Hill and the Big Blue Bug. Cranston-born and Cranston-bred, he accomplished much in life, almost all of it right here in the Ocean State.

Dick died this week at his home in Cranston. He had turned 78 on Sept. 4. His passing shocked me because even though he had slowed a bit in recent years, I still thought of him as the passionate hockey player always searching for a frozen pond, the gritty tennis player wearing down opponents with his stubborn baseline game, and the coach ever in search of a team.

After heeding the advice of its consultants and local offices, the Burrillville Town Council unanimously agreed to oppose a proposed 1,000 megawatt power plant. 

State Rep. Aaron Regunberg (D-Providence) joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the House of Representatives, racial profiling, the Burrillville power plan proposal, and other issues.

PETER GOLDBERG / Gamm Theatre

The Czechoslovakian-born English writer Tom Stoppard's 1993 play “Arcadia” was a huge hit in London and well-enough received in New York. Now the Gamm Theatre has taken on the work. 

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Cranston can count inmates at the Adult Correctional Institutions as residents. The decision from the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals overturns a previous decision in U.S. District Court.

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Nicholas Rovinski, a Warwick native, faces charges of conspiracy to support acts of terrorism, including conspiring to help the Islamic State. Rovinski was allegedly involved in a plot to kill conservative blogger Pamela Gellar in 2015.

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The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority is conducting a survey to better plan for future route or fare changes. The survey includes questions about customers’ riding habits, as well as their reasons for using the service.

RIPTA spokeswoman Barbara Polichetti said they already know how many people board buses, but that’s just one portion of the data. Through the surveys, RIPTA hopes to acquire more detailed information about their riders.

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Peggy and Hank Sharpe welcome Ira Glass to The Vets on Saturday September 24. It will be a memorable night and this is Ira’s only RI appearance in 2016.

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