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Ian Donnis / RINPR

State Rep. Joseph McNamara (D-Warwick), chairman of the Rhode Island Democratic Party, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss new revelations about 38 Studios; an apparent slowdown in the path to a Providence ballpark; and the hiring of a new head for the I-195 Commission.

For more McNamara, check our Bonus Q&A interview with him.

Child and Family RI

Rhode Island puts too many children in group homes. Everyone agrees that’s bad.

But dig a little deeper, and it seems Rhode Island does have some alternatives: therapists, family case managers, parenting coaches, visiting nurses. Lots of nonprofits serving children and families. So what's the disconnect? Here's a look in my reporter's notebook.

John Bender / RIPR

As we enter the dog days of summer, even night air offers little respite for from the stifling heat. In Providence, many of the city’s children rely on public pools to stay cool. Last year the Davey Lopes Pool in South Providence reopened following a controversial closure.

Rhode Island Public Radio’s John Bender revisits the pool a year later, which many call an anchor of the community.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

For the past week, we’ve been focusing on "Children in Crisis," our series about Rhode Island’s Department of Children, Youth, and Families. The agency is struggling to cope with an influx of neglect and abuse cases and has run into financial trouble. Now, we explore how a national "home visiting"  program aims to keep families from entering the system in the first place.


Gov. Gina Raimondo wants to attract more tourists to Rhode Island. As summer winds down, RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay has some ideas.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

The Department of Children, Youth, and Families is struggling with an influx of children who have been abused and neglected. Many of their cases go before Rhode Island’s Family Court, where judges play a key role in deciding when children can return to their homes. The drama of lives in upheaval unfolds every day of the week in the Garrahy Judicial complex, downtown Providence.

State Rep. Carlos Tobon is a freshman lawmaker from Pawtucket. He’s among the legislators calling for keeping the PawSox at their current home of McCoy Stadium. Tobon stopped by our studio to talk about that and other issues.

Kristin Gourlay / RIPR

Rhode Island doesn’t have enough foster families to meet a growing need. That’s one reason the Department of Children, Youth, and Families places a higher percentage of kids in group homes than almost any other state. DCYF officials acknowledge the problem. But recruiting new foster families has been tough.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

State Representative Carlos Tobon (D-Pawtucket) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the PawSox; fallout from the State Police report in Cranston; and how the state is working with the Brookings Institution to develop a new economic strategy.

The Bottom Line: Power Outages

Aug 13, 2015

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 sit down with Tim Horan, the president of National Grid in Rhode Island. The utility company had tens of thousands of customers loose power after powerful thunderstorms last week.

Horan discusses the feasibility of moving power lines underground to avoid this type of problem and the way National Grid prioritizes efforts to restore power once a storm has ended.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Cranston Mayor Alan Fung says he is sorry for police misconduct on his watch. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay assesses the damage to the once-promising political career of Republican Fung.

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 speak with Kelly Ramirez, the CEO of the Social Enterprise Greenhouse, a local business-incubator, for socially minded businesses. The group just won a national competition for their work with start-ups. Since its inception five years ago, the group has worked with 65 business. SE Greenhouse recently partnered with Brown University.


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Don Borman

Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello said Monday he's hopeful an agreement will emerge in the near future for a plan to build a new PawSox stadium in downtown Providence.

"Since I don't have a finalized set of terms at this point, I can't predict," Mattiello said. "But in the near future. I would like to see something come out within the next few weeks, several weeks."

Mattiello said the intention is to arrive at an agreement for a revenue-neutral proposal and solicit feedback from the public.

Kristin Gourlay

Update: Fung says he will address the report tomorrow:

  The state police report  released Monday on the Cranston police department portrays a law-enforcement  force in disarray and infected with dysfunction and political favoritism, including serious failures by Mayor Alan Fung, the Republican candidate for governor in 2014, and members of his administration.

Stephen Neuman, chief of staff for Governor Gina Raimondo, joins Bonus Q&A to talk about personnel changes at the state Department of Transportation; Raimondo's infrastructure-funding proposal; the state's new education commissioner, and much more.