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Political Roundtable: Gorbea On Tolls, Lobbyists & Daycare Workers

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss a new study on the economic impact of truck tolls; whether her office can do more to police lobbying; and whether a new state contract for daycare workers should concern taxpayers.
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Federal Judge Throws Out Brady Deflategate Suspension

A federal judge has tossed out the four-game suspension imposed by the National Football League on New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in the so-called Deflategate case.
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Judge Berman's decision arrives in time to salvage a disappointing sports season in New England, as, meanwhile, the future home of the PawSox hangs in the balance. Thanks for stopping by for my weekend column. As usual, feel free to share your tips and thoughts at idonnis (at) ripr (dot) org, and to follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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

This week, Mark and Dave chat with Peter Van Lancker, the president of Hunt Yachts in Portsmouth.

Van Lancker describes why Hunt moved to Rhode Island and how the company has expanded since the Recession. He also discusses the future potential for the state's boating industry and efforts to create a greener boat.

When to listen:

You can hear The Bottom Line each Friday at 5:50pm.

For  workers and unions, there hasn’t been much to celebrate on Labor Day in recent years. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says things may finally be looking up. (Sneak preview of Monday MacKay commentary).

Today we honor organized labor, the folks who gave us the 40-hour week, overtime pay and  health benefits. Not to mention the middle-class that long made America an exceptional, stable and prosperous nation.

Before you start that barbeque and get into your favorite beverages, treat yourself to a visit to the Museum of Work and Culture, where the spirit of Labor Day is celebrated every day.

On Monday, the museum tucked away in Woonsocket’s historic mill district, holds its annual Open House. Admission is free on Labor Day.

The museum is one of the few in the U.S. that documents and celebrates working people, unions  and their struggles. It is also a repository for the French-Canadian immigrant experience in the Blackstone Valley.

Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss how the General Assembly impasse in June affected one of her legislative priorities; why her lobbying proposal didn't win approval; what she can do increase legislative transparency; and more. For more Gorbea, check her appearance on this week's Political Roundtable.

Judge Richard M. Berman’s decision to vacate Tom Brady’s four-game suspension is a stunning victory for the New England Patriots quarterback and a stinging blow to the National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell.

Think of the NFL as the Roman Empire of sports in America and Goodell as Caesar. Magnificent stadia dot the landscape from coast to coast, and every week from September to January gladiators clash to the cheers of hundreds of thousands of loyal subjects.

The Rhythm and Roots Music Festival in Charlestown has become a Labor Day tradition here in Rhode Island, especially as a showcase for Cajun music and dance. Rhode Island Public Radio's Chuck Hinman explores the origin and lasting legacy of Rhode Island's Cajun connection, with Alan Bradbury of the Magnolia Cajun Band.

http://magnoliacajunband.homestead.com/

http://rhythmandroots.com/ws/pages/home.php

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A spokesman for Rhode Island's Dept. of Children, Youth, and Families confirms an investigation is underway, but officials remain mum on the reasons why state police are looking into the child welfare agency's finances.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

The head of the Environmental Protection Agency made a stop in Rhode Island on Tuesday to discuss federal initiatives on climate change. The meetings included Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and about 20 business leaders.

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As school gets underway across Rhode Island, thousands of kids will sign up to play sports. And with that comes the risk of concussion. 

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