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One of the former owners of the Shark Bar has been indicted on one count of bribing a public official, as part of the corruption case involving former House speaker Gordon Fox, officials said Friday.

State Rep. Cale Keable (D-Burrillville) joins Bonus Q+A this week to discuss government ethics, the power plant proposed in Burrillville, judicial selection, and other topics.

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Governor Gina Raimondo's office released a new study Thursday that it said buttresses the case for the governor's controversial truck-toll proposal. The Rhode Island Truckers Association responded by questioning the numbers in the study.

A traffic collection report prepared for the state Department of Transportation by CDM Smith found that trucks volumes in class eight and above "are, in total, 27 percent higher than the raw volumes developed by RIDOT," through "approximations" "for their initial assessment for the RhodeWorks program."

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State officials on Monday announced the availability of two tax incentives, both contained in the budget passed by the General Assembly in June, that are meant to improve Rhode Island's economy.

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UPDATE: Former three-term state rep. Amy Rice, a Democrat, said she is considering running for the state Senate seat vacated this week by Christopher Ottiano. Rice, a lawyer who was defeated by Republican Daniel Reilly in 2010, said her career and family will be the top factors in her consideration of whether to pursue the Senate seat. Rice worked in the Chafee administration as a legal counsel and policy official.

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The leaves are falling, and fight over truck tolls remains hot and heavy. So thanks for stopping by for my weekend roundup. As always, your tips and feedback are welcome via my email and you can follow me all week long on the twitters. Here we go.

State Rep. Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick), deputy minority leader in the House, stopped by our studio to talk about a variety of issues facing the state.

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State Representative Patricia Morgan (R-West Warwick) joins Political Roundtable this week, along with guest panelist Tim White from WPRI-TV, to discuss the outlook on Governor Gina Raimondo's truck toll plan; new findings about the state Department of Children, Youth and Families; and ongoing problems in Coventry's fire districts.

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Rhode Island Working Families, the new progressive/labor advocacy group, has hired Chris Torres, an experienced organizer with past Ocean State experience, as its state director. Torres is slated to formally start his new job November 15.

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Governor Gina Raimondo said Thursday that a newly released impact study on her truck toll plan shows that the proposal will help Rhode Island’s economy.

The study by Regional Economic Models predicts the toll plan could boost the state’s gross domestic product by $538 million. The study also predicts the governor’s toll proposal will create a net increase of more than 6,000 jobs.

In a statement, House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello says he’s digesting the impact study.

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Five Republican lawmakers and one independent unveiled a proposal Wednesday to steer $875 million to improving Rhode Island's decrepit bridges over 10 years without imposing tolls on trucks and without the borrowing costs in a competing plan backed by Governor Gina Raimondo.

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A coalition of five advocacy groups wants Rhode Island lawmakers to declare whether or not they support thorough legislative hearings and an outside investigation to document what went wrong with 38 Studios.

Hurricane Joaquin blows toward Rhode Island as the state remains vexed by its own ring of challenges: the hangover of 38 Studios, trying to modernize state agencies, financially troubled fire districts, you name it. Thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As always your tips and thoughts are welcome at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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