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Fishermen and industry advocates say there’s a real hunger among people to learn more about how fishermen do what they do. That’s why they’re planning to install interpretive signs around the fishing docks at Point Judith to answer people’s questions. 

Happy September! The approach of fall brings plenty of fresh developments on the politics beat. 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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Labor Day marks the end of summer. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay reminds us that this holiday that honors workers once meant much more in Rhode Island.

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 Frank Tweedie, Dean of the Johnson and Wales University School of Engineering and Design.

This week, the University opened the John J. Bowen Center for Science and Innovation. The 71,000 square foot building is the first to be completed on the vacant I-195 land in Providence. Tweedie talks about the new facility, as well as the school’s approach to science, engineering and biotech training.

Ambar Espinoza / RIPR

A Connecticut-based company operating at a Westerly quarry embroiled in controversy since 2010 has been gone for nearly a year. But residents are still restless about the stockpiles of stone dust they left behind and the potential impacts to their health. The family that owns the quarry is now renting it to another company tasked with cleaning it up. Local, state and federal officials got a tour of the progress.

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The first development project on the vacant I-195 land in Providence is complete. The land has sat empty since it became available for development.

Now on one corner of the land near downtown, sits Johnson and Wales University’s new 71,000 thousand square foot science building. The $40 million, three-story building houses a combination of classroom and laboratory space.

On hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony, Governor Gina Raimondo says she hopes the area will eventually be a hub for science and technology.

Col. Steven O'Donnell of the RI State Police joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a wide range of issues, including corruption, organized crime, gun violence and more.

Ian Donnis / RIPR

Col. Steven O'Donnell of the RI State Police joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the debate over the secrecy of the 38 Studios investigation; police-community relations; and diversity hiring within the State Police.

Elisabeth Harrison

A long-awaited independent report on sexual abuse at St. George’s School in Middletown was released on Thursday by Boston lawyer Martin Murphy. Murphy, a partner in the law firm Foley Hoag, was retained in January to investigate allegations of abuse going back decades at the elite boarding school.

RI For Gun Safety, a new 527 group funded by former Hasbro Chairman and CEO Alan Hassenfeld is spending tens of thousands on four legislative races ahead of Rhode Island's September 13th primary.

Hassenfeld has contributed $87,500 to the group.

Using that money, the group plans to send four direct mail pieces criticizing House Majority Leader John DeSimone's stance on gun-safety issues. DeSimone faces a primary challenge from Marcia Ranglin-Vassell.

Aaron Read / RIPR

There’s new federal funding to help Rhode Island fight the opioid addiction and overdose epidemic. The money is going toward better data collection, first responders and an overdose hotline.

Jared Donaldson, the kid from Chepachet who always wanted to play professional tennis, is in the third round of the U.S. Open in New York. Wait a minute. A Rhode Islander in the main draw of the U.S. Open? An Ocean Stater in the same tournament as No. 1 Novak Djokovic, No. 2 Andy Murray, No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, No. 4 Rafael Nadal and the rest of the best tennis players in the world? Yes! And he’s in the third round? Yes, again.

Benjamin Bouvier, Elliott Liebling / RIPR

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly a third of Americans are pre-diabetic. Many more are already diabetic. 

Ian Donnis / RIPR

A first-time candidate is challenging one of the most powerful Democrats in the General Assembly, House Majority Leader John DeSimone. 

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