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In a significant breakthrough on an issue that has consumed attention in Rhode Island for years, the House Finance Committee is expected to vote Thursday in favor of legislation that could create a new PawSox stadium in Pawtucket.

Plans for the vote mark a change from the uncertainty that has publicly marked the PawSox issue for months.

House spokesman Larry Berman said an amended bill will be considered by the Finance Committee during a meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday.

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It remains unclear if the Pawtucket Red Sox will support the revised stadium plan unveiled this week by House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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With the House Finance Committee set to review a revised PawSox stadium plan on Thursday, debate continues about whether the project is good or bad for Rhode Island taxpayers.

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A group of elected officials and leaders of community groups gathered Monday at Central Falls to oppose plans for including a citizenship question in the U.S. Census in 2020.

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Memorial Hospital in Pawtucket announced plans last week to close, citing financial troubles. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay says that while politicians protest, no one should be surprised at this development. 


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Supporters and opponents of using public borrowing to help build a new PawSox stadium squared off Tuesday night at Tolman High School in Pawtucket.

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Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty is expected to introduce a resolution Tuesday evening in support of the city's attempt to recruit the Pawtucket Red Sox from Rhode Island. 

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So much for summer doldrums. The political beat keeps running hot and heavy in the Biggest Little. Thanks for stopping by. 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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Remember Rhode Island’s disastrous deal with former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling? The state invested $75 million of taxpayer dollars in Schilling’s video game company 38 Studios and lost it all before a lawsuit clawed back most of the money. It was one of the worst financial decisions in Rhode Island history. Yet the company that served as the state’s financial adviser on the deal has continued doing business throughout the state.

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With support from Governor Gina Raimondo and legislative leaders, the PawSox' proposal for a new stadium in Pawtucket is on track for a fall hearings in the General Assembly.

Raimondo announced Monday she's putting her support behind a revised deal for the baseball stadium.

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Pawtucket Mayor Don Grebien is still holding out hope that lawmakers will consider a proposal for a new PawSox stadium before the summer recess.

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Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Bonus Q&A to discuss the city's attempt to retain the PawSox, public safety, budget issues and more.

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