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State Sen. John Pagliarini joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss whether Governor Raimondo should get a legal opinion on truck tolls, whether gun legislation at the Statehouse will reduce gun violence, and the political legacy of Robert "Cool Moose" Healey.

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Voters will decide the fate of Twin River's proposed Tiverton convenience casino, after Governor Gina Raimondo signed related legislation into law Friday afternoon.

Twin River unveiled the plan in April 2015, calling it Rhode Island's best hope for preserving the third-largest source of state revenue. The proposal consists of 32 table games and about 1,000 video lottery terminals.

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The American Civil Liberties Union in Rhode Island has sued Tiverton police and school officials for detaining and questioning an eight-year-old girl, allegedly without cause. The ACLU claims the student's constitutional rights were violated after she was falsely accused of bringing chemicals on a school bus in 2014.

According to ACLU attorneys, the incident began when one student claimed that two other girls were carrying chemicals in their backpacks. Police and school officials were notified and searched the students' bags, but no chemicals were found.

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State Representative Anthony Giarrusso (R-East Greenwich) joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss Governor Raimondo's budget proposal; the PawSox' possible move to Providence; and the outlook on gambling revenue and legalizing marijuana.

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The parent company of Twin River presented few details to the Tiverton town council regarding its plans to move Newport Grand’s gaming license to Tiverton.

“Tonight we’re here with a clean slate,” said John Taylor, chairman of the Twin River management group's board, said at a town council meeting last night. He brought a set of maps that showed the site the company secured in Tiverton, about 400 feet from the Massachusetts border.


Twin River’s leadership plans to hold an informational meeting in Tiverton Monday on its proposed casino. Twin River hopes to transfer the gambling license for Newport Grand to an undeveloped northern Tiverton site on the state line with Massachusetts.

Twin River officials are slated to offer an introductory presentation on their proposal during a 7 pm meeting at Tiverton Middle School. Tivertown Town Administrator Matthew Wojcik said his sense is that residents are looking for details on the envisioned casino.

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello joins Political Roundtable this week to discuss the Pawtucket Red Sox' request for $120 million in state lease payments over 30 years; Twin River's proposal to establish a casino in Tiverton; and some of the major changes he foresees for Governor Gina Raimondo's budget proposal.

You can hear more of our conversation with Speaker Mattiello on Bonus Q+A.

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The parent company of Twin River proposed Tuesday, in essence, to relocate Newport Grand's video lottery terminals to a new location in Tiverton, close to the border with Fall River, Massachusetts, while adding 30 to 40 table games at the new site.

Tiverton To Open First New Library In 75 Years

Apr 9, 2015

 Tiverton is about to open a new library for the first time in 75 years. Chair of the Tiverton Library Foundation Eileen Browning says the town passed a $7 million dollar bond to pay for construction. Browning said the town made this a priority despite the recession.

“The community realized that the library itself is not just a repository of books but is a life center of a community,” said Browning.


Rhode Island Housing says it has awarded more than $2 million in federal HOME funds for affordable housing across the state.

In total, the money will help build or spruce up 145 affordable homes and apartments. Projects include fixing up Apple Creek Apartments in Tiverton, building a single-family home in South County, and building seven homes in Burrillville for low-income families. Each year, the state receives about $3 million in federal HOME grants.

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation is gearing up to demolish the old Sakonnet River Bridge. The old, truss bridge was built back in the 1950’s after Hurricane Carol washed away the stone bridge linking Aquidneck Island to Tiverton.

It was replaced in 2012 with a new span that caused a bit of a stir over tolling. 

Removing the defunct bridge requires permitting, said RIDOT’s deputy chief engineer Robert Smith, because it’s going to take explosives to bring it down.

Tiverton police said they’ve seen double the number of home break-ins over the past two months. Capt. Patrick Jones said since December 1st there have been about 10 break-ins a month, that’s compared to the typical three to five per month.  Jones said right before Christmas they were seeing one or two a week.

Tiverton police are looking for a local couple who allegedly used their children in a phony fundraising scam.

Tiverton police say a local couple has had their three children going door-to-door asking for donations for school. The scam started about two months ago, according to Tiverton Police Chief Thomas Blakey.

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A Providence social service agency is stepping up its efforts to recruit foster parents.   Officials at Family Service of Rhode Island say children are being forced to live in group homes for lack of a loving family. 

As Lynne Bates prepares a Sunday meal of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes she reflects on the last 12 years, years in which a parade of ten foster children have passed through her home.  She has two biological children and adopted two of the foster children.  She’s the first to tell you fostering is not always easy, but she says it’s definitely worth it.

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Starting this Monday morning, it will cost you a dime to cross the Sakonnet River Bridge.  The toll went into effect at midnight over the objections of protesters.

About 100 people hung over the sides of the Sakonnet River Bridge Sunday evening waving American flags and signs saying “No Tolls” and “Stop the Theft.” Motorists honked in agreement.