- Associated Press - Saturday, July 26, 2014

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - From unaccompanied immigrant children being placed with sponsors to the first settlement in the 38 Studios lawsuit, here are five things to know in Rhode Island:


Federal officials said 119 unaccompanied immigrant children who arrived at the southern U.S. border illegally have been placed with sponsors in Rhode Island this year. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released a state-by-state list showing where immigrant children have been united with sponsors, who are typically parents, relatives or family friends. It’s not clear where the children are staying or for how long. Gov. Lincoln Chafee has said he hasn’t been contacted by any federal agency requesting help housing groups of unaccompanied minors.


An administrative hearing on potential lobbying violations related to the collapse of ex-Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s bankrupt 38 Studios is scheduled for Tuesday. The hearing by the secretary of state’s office will look at whether attorney Michael Corso lobbied public officials into approving the deal for Schilling’s company without registering as a lobbyist and filing the required reports. Separately, a judge has approved the first settlement in the lawsuit brought by the state’s economic development agency over 38 Studios. Lawyer Antonio Afonso and his firm, Moses Afonso Ryan, agreed to pay $4.4 million to the agency formerly known as the Economic Development Corp. Moses Afonso worked on the sale of the bonds that financed the deal. The judge also dismissed a lawsuit brought by the EDC’s former deputy director, Michael Saul, alleging legal malpractice.


The Providence Journal is getting a new owner. The parent company of Gatehouse Media LLC agreed to buy the Providence Journal and related print and digital assets from A.H. Belo Corp. for $46 million. The New York-based New Media Investment Group Inc. said it expects to complete the deal for the newspaper in the third quarter. Jim Moroney, chairman, president and CEO of A.H. Belo, said “we are confident that New Media will continue the great journalistic tradition” of the Journal, which it has owned for 17 years.


Folk fans on Saturday are enjoying a second day of music at Fort Adams at the sold-out Newport Folk Festival. Ryan Adams, Jack White and Mavis Staples are among the headliners during the festival’s three-day run. This year was the first since the death of folk singer Pete Seeger, who helped start the festival 55 years ago. Jazz fans will soon make their annual trek to the city for the Newport Jazz Festival, which starts Friday. It is celebrating its 60th anniversary.


More debates are ahead as campaign season heats up in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Black Business Association is hosting its first forum for the gubernatorial candidates Tuesday night at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence. The forum will focus on economic equity, security and opportunities.

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