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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello emerged in March with a strong hold on what is commonly called the state's most powerful political office. Following the unveiling of a probe of former speaker Gordon Fox, Mattiello won a brief succession fight and pledged a stronger focus on jobs and the economy. Mattiello sat down last week to discuss his first few months as speaker and some of the top issues facing the state, including his choice for governor and Buddy Cianci's latest comeback attempt.

Rhode Island retailer Alex and Ani has announced a new management team and a major expansion.

The jewelry maker says it expects to add 250 jobs over the next six months. Those jobs would be spread across the corporate and retail levels.

Alex and Ani also announced the addition of several new executives to its management team. Jayne Fitzpatrick-Conway has been named Chief Financial Officer. And the company added several new leadership positions, including heads of ecommerce, information technology, and marketing.

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Rhode Island will face a shortage of nurses in the next 10 to 15 years. But the state may need even more lower level health care workers.

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Providence tech startup Swipely, which has grown significantly since it was launched in 2009, says a new infusion of $20 million in venture capital funding will enable it to continue expanding a small spark of Silicon Valley in Rhode Island.

"The intent is to use those funds to continue to aggressively growing the team in all our areas, including our engineering team, our marketing and sales team, and other departments within the company," Swipely founder Angus Davis said during a news conference Thursday morning.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell unveiled Wednesday his plan for improving Rhode Island’s economy, as part of the first in what he said will be a series of forthcoming policy initiatives.

In broad strokes, Pell said if elected governor he would focus on improving the state's public schools, strengthening infrastructure, and leveraging Rhode Island's assets.

Republican Second Congressional District candidate Rhue Reis joins Bonus Q+A to talk about his challenge to Democratic Congressman Jim Langevin, and a host of related issues, including jobs and the economy; the federal budget; Obamacare; immigration, and more.

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says the state needs to streamline and modernize regulations to encourage entrepreneurs.

Speaking at Foolproof Brewing in Pawtucket, Raimondo cited the company as part of Rhode Island’s growing craft-brewing sector. But Raimondo says startups like Foolproof are succeeding in spite of excessive and antiquated regulations. She says entrepreneurs are sometimes left feeling like they’ve done something wrong after filling out government applications and permits.

State Representative John "Jay" Edwards (D-Tiverton) joins Bonus Q+A this week to talk about tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge; why RI's roads and bridges are in such poor repair; whether the General Assembly is doing enough to boost the economy; the political fallout from 38 Studios; and much more.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss her plan meant to add manufacturing jobs; high-stakes testing; tax policy; the slow start to redeveloping former I-195 land; and other issues.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Angel Taveras on Tuesday unveiled a plan to help provide unemployed Rhode Islanders with the skills needed to find jobs. 

Taveras says even though tens of thousands of Rhode Islanders are out of work, Rhode Island lacks a comprehensive job training program. If elected governor, he says he’d implement an initiative so that unemployed residents obtain the right skills through CCRI to get hired.

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In the first of a series of economy-related campaign events, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gina Raimondo says Rhode Island needs to take action to get a piece of the pie as more manufacturing jobs are returning to the US.

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Second District Congressman Jim Langevin joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss President Obama's State of the Union address; Clay Pell's entry in the Democratic primary for governor; and his re-election battle with Republican Rhue Reis. 

As promised by House Minority Leader Brian Newberry, the six-member House GOP caucus is moving ahead with a 16-point plan, dubbed "Getting to 25," intended to improve Rhode Island's economy.

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Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed sat down prior to the start of the new General Assembly session to discuss top issues facing the state, including the economy; the growing cost of paying back investors in 38 Studios, Sakonnet River Bridge tolls, voter ID, and more.

House Minority Leader Brian Newberry (R-Smithfield) joins Bonus Q+A to discuss the upcoming General Assembly session and a variety of other issues, including economic development, the master lever, 38 Studios, the race for governor and more.