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Mid-October is here and we're zipping through the calendar. So thanks for stopping by for my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

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Invenergy, developer of a proposed natural gas power plant in the Town of Burrillville, filed a motion Tuesday claiming resolutions opposing the project from nearly all Rhode Island cities and towns are irrelevant to whether the plant is needed.

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Mayor of Pawtucket, Democrat Donald Grebien, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss spurring economic development with a new transit hub in Pawtucket, the city’s efforts to mitigate gun violence, as well as the recent loss of the Gamm Theatre to Warwick. 


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We devote this week’s Political Roundtable to the Pawsox issue.  

PawSox 2018 Schedule

Oct 12, 2017

Here is the Pawtucket Red Sox 2018 Schedule, which was released this morning. Saturday evening home games at McCoy Stadium  will feature fireworks:

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The Town of Burrillville is preparing to testify at evidentiary hearings later this month against Invenergy, developers of a proposed natural gas power plant.

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A proposal to cut 40 percent of the pension benefits for all current and former employees of St. Joseph Health Services of Rhode Island is off the table – at least for now.

This I Believe New England: Tolerance

Oct 11, 2017
Scott Indermaur

September 11, 2001.  The intense, dramatic images are seared into our collective memory.  Several years later, a proposal to build an Islamic mosque and cultural center on the World Trade Center site ignited a national controversy that has smoldered ever since. Today there are plans to build a 43-story luxury condominium instead.  As we hear in this encore essay by Bill Miles, what has become known as 9/11 has produced a complicated legacy of ideological and political challenges and, most importantly, continues to teach us profoundly important lessons about tolerance.  

 

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EPA head Scott Pruitt wants to dismantle the policy known as the Clean Power Plan, adopted in 2015 to help reduce greenhouse gases. 

Hospital Workers’ Pension Plan On Life Support

Oct 10, 2017
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Across the country, millions of employees have entrusted their retirement savings to unregulated pension plans known as church plans. Many of these plans are run by church-affiliated schools, nursing homes and hospitals.

And when church plans run into financial trouble, as happened in Rhode Island, the beneficiaries' retirement savings have no government safeguards. 


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Local environmentalists are worried allowing commercial fishing within the boundaries of a marine national monument 130 miles off the coast of Cape Cod would harm the area's ecosystem and biodiversity.   

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Ancient Chinese caves are part of an exhibit at Bryant University exploring archeological sites and art from the northwest region of China. The area is a cultural and religious melting pot because of its proximity to the Silk Road, which connected China to the West. Rhode Island Public Radio’s Ximena Conde visited the exhibit and brings us this audio postcard.

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The mass shooting last week at a country music festival in Las Vegas has renewed conversation about gun control. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says its way past time to get tougher on this issue. 

From sea to shining sea, it’s become a sad ritual: Another murderous shooting with military-style rifles, this time amid the glitz of Vegas. 

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In the famous words of an old friend and colleague Charlie Bakst (the ProJo’s longtime political columnist, when the state’s largest newspaper had such a position), I’m getting cranky.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo went off on the local media at a Brown forum this week. Among her complaints: the Providence Journal is no longer what it once was, television news has become more sensational and talk radio is, well, silly (those were not her exact words, but we get her drift). Sam Howard at RIFuture.org, and my friend and partner in crime here at RIPR Ian Donnis, have both written thoughtful things about this and I commend them.

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The Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families released a report Friday on a spate of violence at the state Training School. 

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