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4:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Bonus Q&A: Pryor on the PawSox, Economic Development, the Taylor Swift Tax & More

RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss the PawSox' pitch for a Providence stadium, efforts to boost economic development in Rhode Island, and much more.

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Political Roundtable
4:00 am
Fri April 17, 2015

Political Roundtable: Pryor On PawSox, Incentives & Raimondo's Budget

Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

RI Commerce Secretary Stefan Pryor joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the PawSox' pitch for state help for a Providence ballpark; how incentives fit into economic development; and Governor Raimondo's budget.

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RI News
3:18 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

PawSox Opening Day At McCoy Stadium Tinged With Uncertainty

Tonight marks the start of what could be one of the last seasons the PawSox spend at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket.
Credit Aaron Read / RIPR

The Paw Sox play their home opener against Rochester Thursday evening at McCoy Stadium. With new owners planning to move the team, Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien says it’s a bittersweet start to the season.

“We’re encouraging everybody to go to the games, let people know how much you care about the organization,” said Grebien. “But when they’re there don’t be afraid to comment, or write a letter, or put in the comment cards how disappointed you are that they aren’t staying in Pawtucket.”

Grebien says there was no communication about opening day events.

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On Politics
3:16 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

President Obama To Honor Super Bowl Champion Patriots

Credit Keith Allison / via Flickr Creative Commons

The Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will be honored at the White House by President Barack Obama on Thursday, April 23rd.

The White House said in a new release that the president will host the team at 2 p.m. to celebrate the Super Bowl XLIX victory.

``This visit will continue the tradition begun by President Obama of honoring sports teams for their efforts to give back to their communities,’’ stated the news release.

The president hosted s similar celebration for the Boston Red Sox after the team won the World Series in 2013.

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Health Care
9:58 am
Thu April 16, 2015

Testimony Begins On Proposed Medicaid Cuts

Statehouse lawmakers heard testimony on proposed medicaid cuts Thursday.
Credit RIPR FILE

State lawmakers heard testimony Wednesday on several proposals to cut Medicaid spending. Governor Gina Raimondo’s proposed budget would cut state payments to nursing homes by three percent. 

That’s on top of rates that have stayed stagnant for a while.  Woonsocket nursing home administrator Shaun Cournoyer testified before the senate finance committee those cuts would lead to layoffs. 

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