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Following the approval of the final settlement in the state's lawsuit over 38 Studios, Governor Gina Raimondo said Friday she will file a Superior Court petition early next week seeking the release of grand jury materials from a related investigation.

Meanwhile, the governor's office said State Police Col. Ann Assumpico has directed her department to review and release as soon as possible non-grand jury-related materials from Rhode Island's criminal probe of 38 Studios.

John Marion, executive director of the good government group Common Cause of RI, joined Bonus Q&A this week to talk about the ongoing battle to improve state government in the Ocean State. We discuss improvements at the state Board of Elections; the relative amount of corruption in RI; how changes are working out at the state Ethics Commission; and much more.

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John Marion, the executive director of Common Cause of Rhode Island, joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the recent spate of corruption cases involving former lawmakers; the good government concerns raised by President Trump; and the impact of a stronger progressive caucus in the RI House of Representatives.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed offered sharply contrasting views Wednesday on the merits of Governor Gina Raimondo's proposal to give Rhode Islanders two years of free tuition at CCRI, RIC, or URI.

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The state Ethics Commission on Tuesday fined former state rep. Peter Palumbo $1,000 for a bidding on a state contract while serving as a lawmaker.

In 2013, Palumbo bid to operate food and other concessions at Roger Wheeler, Scarborough and Misquamicut state beaches. He was serving as a state rep from Cranston at the time.

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Cranston Mayor Allan Fung joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss a range of issues, including some of President Donald Trump's nominees and his view of Governor Raimondo's free college tuition plan.

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Supporters launched a new effort Wednesday to strengthen abortion rights in Rhode Island, although it remains unclear if their favored bill will have enough support to clear the General Assembly.

A bill backed by progressive and women lawmakers would codify abortion rights in Rhode Island, even if the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision is overturned.

Governor Gina Raimondo joins Bonus Q&A this week to discuss her concerns on the Trump administration, as well as a range of other issues, including jobs and the economy, education, and UHIP.

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Governor Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss competing plans to cut the car tax; her proposal to offer Rhode Islanders two years of free tuition at state colleges; and a spate of charges against former state lawmakers.

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Ray Gallison, the Bristol Democrat who formerly chaired the powerful House Finance Committee, has agreed to plead guilty to nine federal charges of mail fraud, wire fraud, aggravated identity theft, and filing false tax returns, investigators announced Monday.

Just another quiet Friday in America, right? Thanks for stopping by as we hurtle into a new area, with lots to watch on the local and national level. 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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Governor Gina Raimondo on Thursday presented to the General Assembly a $9.2 billion budget that cuts car tax assessments by 30 percent; offers Rhode Islanders two free years of college tuition; raises the minimum wage to $10.50 an hour, effective in July; and hikes the cigarette tax 50 cents, to $4.25 a pack.

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Former Cranston State Rep. Peter Palumbo pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges to embezzlement and filing a false document.

The arraignment in Providence District Court lasted about a minute. Wearing a white sweatshirt and jeans, Palumbo was led into the courtroom in handcuffs.

Palumbo, a Democrat, was arrested by State Police earlier in the day at his Cranston home.

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With her term as governor half-way over, Gina Raimondo used her latest State of the State address to assert she's steering Rhode Island in the right direction and to tout a series of initiatives that could bolster her support among middle-class voters.

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