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Revamped PawSox Stadium Bill Introduced At The General Assembly

Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) said Tuesday that a newly introduced PawSox stadium bill reduces potential liability for taxpayers by using state aid to Pawtucket as a backstop for borrowing, if the envisioned stadium produces less revenue than expected. During a Statehouse news conference, Conley said Pawtucket's share of state aid (excluding education aid) is more than enough to make up the difference if revenue falls short of what's needed to pay back the city's...

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Building Bee Resilience, One Queen At A Time

Honey bees have been having a tough time lately. Pests and disease have plagued many hives, killing off the pollinators and forcing people looking to save the bees to get creative.

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Rhode Island Supreme Court Chief Justice Paul A. Suttell told lawyers meeting in Providence today that he is concerned that arrests of undocumented immigrants inside or near state court buildings could lead to  people skipping out on court appearances.

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Former Gov. and U.S. Senator Lincoln Chafee is back on the scene with a series of media appearances. Chafee is thinking about running for governor again, but RIPR Political Analyst Scott MacKay wonders why. 

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House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi of Warwick joins Political Roundtable to discuss the new state budget, the controversy involving Frank Montanaro Jr., director of the Joint Committee on Legislative Services; and debate over mandating paid sick leaves to workers.

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House Majority Leader Joseph Shekarchi joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a range of legislative issues, including the pace of General Assembly activity, the outlook for issues ranging from the PawSox' proposed stadium to a measure to strengthen abortion rights, and much more.

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The House Finance Committee approved early Friday a $9.2 billion budget for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget begins a phaseout of the car tax while also launching a new program to offer free college tuition to students at the Community College of Rhode Island.

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A new coalition of business owners and local building trades unions is advocating for the construction of a proposed natural gas power plant in Burrillville. 

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Rhode Island’s economy keeps chugging along, with an unemployment rate of 4.1 percent in May, which means the state’s seasonally adjusted unemployment was below the national rate of 4.3 percent.

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Update: A judge found Michelle Carter guilty of involuntary manslaughter on Friday. Her sentencing was scheduled for August.

The fate of Michelle Carter, the woman accused of urging her boyfriend to commit suicide through text messages, is in the hands of a juvenile court judge. Carter was 17 when her boyfriend, Conrad Roy, III, ended his life. She has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, even though she was not physically present when he died.

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The credit rating for Massachusetts is now on par with most New England states, after a major credit rating agency downgraded the state's bonds.


The Providence City Council is expected to vote on the new city budget tonight. The $376 million proposal includes an increase in spending for the city’s schools.


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