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Mid-September is here and with it a burst of General Assembly activity. So thanks for stopping by for the return of my weekly column. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and your can follow me through the week on the twitters. Here we go.

Rhode Island Senate Finance Chairman William Conley (D-East Providence) said public opinion is important, but will not ultimately determine the fate of the PawSox' proposed stadium 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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A lawsuit filed by the Rhode Island chapter of the ACLU charges that the Pawtucket Police Department is violating the state's open records law by choosing not to release internal affairs reports on officer-initiated complaints.

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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.

June is here, Speaker Mattiello's long-awaited car tax plan has arrived, and the end of the legislative session is coming into view. 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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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.

Tony Pires, director of administration for the City of Pawtucket, joins Political Roundtable to discuss the outlook on the PawSox and the sustainability of House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello's proposal to eliminate the car tax over six years.

A number of thorny issues are maturing in time for the final weeks of the legislative session. So thanks for stopping by. As usual, your tips and comments are welcome, and you can follow me on the twitters. Here we go.

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The Pawtucket Red Sox are willing to contribute $45 million to the cost of a new $73 million stadium at the Apex site in Pawtucket, with the state and the City of Pawtucket paying an initial $38 million that would be paid back over 30 years through taxes and other revenue from the development.

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A new study finds that the PawSox’ preferred site for a new stadium will offer the most economic benefits over a 30-year period.

The report finds that the Apex site in Pawtucket will generate about $93 million in economic activity over three decades. That’s about $20 million more than another potential location known as the Tidewater site.

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Fresh details about the Pawtucket Red Sox’ quest for a new stadium are expected to emerge in the near future. So we invited in the team’s president, Dr. Charles Steinberg, to talk about the situation. 

John Bender / RIPR

Opening day at McCoy Stadium in Pawtucket is a sure sign of warm weather to come. 

After President Donald Trump promised a crackdown on undocumented immigrants, many expressed a fear of leaving their house, going to work, or shopping. But some local Catholic Churches are seeing an uptick in attendance at their Spanish language masses as Latinos turn to the church for support.

To call St. John the Baptist Church in Pawtucket anything but grand would be an understatement. The church was established in the late 1800’s for the city’s French-Canadian Catholics. Painted above a statue of the Virgin Mary are the words Mere de Dieu, or “Mother of God” in French.

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