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Lots of sharp elbows and ill feeling in Rhode Island this week. We'll delve deeper, so 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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38 Studios is the Rhode Island scandal that just won’t go away. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders how the state can put this mess in the rear-view mirror.

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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.

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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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Governor Gina Raimondo said Thursday she picked the new colonel of the state police based on her qualifications and her ability to bring more diversity to the agency.

Sophie Kasakove

Jim Vincent, president of the Providence NAACP, has called on Gov. Gina Raimondo to begin a formal national search for a new state police superintendent to replace Col. Steven O’Donnell, who is retiring after more than five years on the job.

Vincent said a national search is necessary because the top brass of the state police currently lacks any women or minorities in a position to apply for the job.  "We need a national search so that Rhode Island can get the best possible superintendent.’’

Col. Steven O'Donnell of the RI State Police joins Bonus Q&A to discuss a wide range of issues, including corruption, organized crime, gun violence and more.

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Col. Steven O'Donnell of the RI State Police joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the debate over the secrecy of the 38 Studios investigation; police-community relations; and diversity hiring within the State Police.

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Five civil liberties and open government groups called Tuesday for the public release of the material from the 38 Studios investigation.

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The 38 Studios lawsuit disclosures have once again cast a cloud over the Rhode Island Statehouse. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay wonders when Rhode Islanders will finally be fed up enough to bring change to Smith Hill.

The RI state police financial crimes unit has arrested a Scituate woman for allegedly stealing more than $125,000 from the Junior League of Rhode Island, a non-profit organization that champions good causes.

Kimberly Moore, 48, formerly of 31 Central Pike, Scituate was arrested and charged with embezzlement and access to a computer for a fraudulent purpose.

The investigation of Moore was triggered by a complaint filed with the state police by members of the Junior League’s executive board, according to a statement by Maj. Joseph Philbin, RISP detective commander.

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Cranston Mayor Alan Fung says he is sorry for police misconduct on his watch. RIPR political analyst Scott MacKay assesses the damage to the once-promising political career of Republican Fung.

Kristin Gourlay

Update: Fung says he will address the report tomorrow:

  The state police report  released Monday on the Cranston police department portrays a law-enforcement  force in disarray and infected with dysfunction and political favoritism, including serious failures by Mayor Alan Fung, the Republican candidate for governor in 2014, and members of his administration.

RI Road Deaths Decline

Mar 11, 2015
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Some good news for Ocean State motorists: Driving fatalities are at an all  time low in Rhode Island.

That’s the word from Atty. Gen. Peter Kilmartin, who announced today that road deaths dropped from 65 in 2013 to 52 in 2014. That’s a continuation of the decline in fatalities, from a high of 104 in 2003. The 2014 numbers are the lowest number of road fatalities since 1994.

Most encouraging, perhaps, is the drop in deaths of young drivers aged 16 to 24. Deaths for this age group have dropped from 22 in 2009 to eight in 2014.

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