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A revised truck toll bill is expected to be introduced in the General Assembly Thursday.

House Majority Leader John DeSimone is expected to introduce the bill in the House, while Senate Majority Leader Dominick Ruggerio will sponsor the bill in the Senate.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has signaled his support for hundreds of million dollars fewer borrowing than contained in the original proposal unveiled last year by Governor Gina Raimondo.

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A state Senate report says the need to lower carbon emissions offers an opportunity to expand green jobs. The report says green jobs are already a growing sector of the state economy, having increased by more than 6 percent in recent years.

The Senate report outlines a series of recommendations to add more green jobs, include creating workforce training programs, increasing sources of renewable energy, and strengthening the state’s solar industry.

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Testimony is slated to be heard during a session Friday, related to the state’s lawsuit over 38 Studios.

One of the defendants being sued by the state, Wells Fargo Securities, is trying to obtain the SEC testimony of Michael Saul. Saul is a former deputy director of the state’s economic development agency.

North Kingston State Representative Doreen Costa sits down with Rhode Island Public Radio political reporter Ian Donnis, and RIPR political commentator Scott MacKay for this Bonus Q+A.

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The Governor's office has has released the preliminary locations of 14 toll gantries. The gantries are part of Governor Raimondo's $1.1 billion infrastructure repair plan, known as Rhode Works, introduced last spring.

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The General Assembly opens its new session Tuesday. Governor Raimondo’s plan to use truck tolls to pay for bridge improvements will be among the top issues during the legislative session.

Opponents of truck tolls plan to stage a 3 pm rally at the State House this afternoon. 

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House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello wants to implement a truck-toll plan that does not rely on bonding, or that would have a much smaller amount of borrowing. As lawmakers prepare to return to the State House next week, Mattiello’s spokesman says the speaker considers this possible due to a recent infusion of federal transportation money.

Critics call the borrowing in Raimondo’s "RhodeWorks" plan too costly. The governor says the borrowing is necessary to reverse the decline of the state’s bridges.

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In the second installment of our year-end interview with Governor Gina Raimondo, she talks about her next budget proposal, the financial outlook in Providence, her attempt to cut Medicaid spending, whether new steps are needed to fight corruption, and more.

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The Rhode Island House Oversight Committee has voted to issue subpoenas for two more people involved in the crafting of the controversial 38 Studios deal. The committee also moved to reissue a subpoena for former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling, the founder of the failed video game companyas lawmakers continue to probe just how the state made a deal leaving taxpayers on the hook for millions.

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The House Oversight Committee is expected to issue more subpoenas Tuesday in connection with 38 Studios, the video game company that went bankrupt, leaving Rhode Island with millions to pay from a state-backed loan. The committee is trying to review how the loan deal got approved.

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U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse said Friday that President Barack Obama was "too slow" to recognize that Americans need to know more about what is being done to stop the Islamic State. 

"I think if you’re the president and you’re getting national security briefings every minute and your military are running a very complex program to try to deal with ISIS, it’s easy to think, okay, we got this," Whitehouse told RIPR.

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Democrat Jim Seveney and Republican John Pagliarni Jr. came out on top in a special primary election Tuesday for a vacant seat in the Rhode Island state Senate. Seven candidates were in the running for the District 11 seat.

Seveney easily repulsed his main opponent on the Democratic side of the primary, former State Rep. Amy Rice. Unofficial partial results show Seveney received 693 votes, or 68 percent of the Democratic tally, compared with 204 votes, or 20 percent, for Rice. Brett Pelletier lagged behind on the Democratic side with 115 votes.

House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello has signed a subpoena calling on Curt Schilling to appear for a December 15th meeting of the House Oversight Committee.

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A legislative committee plans to continue its examination of 38 Studios Tuesday. The latest oversight hearings were sparked by the release of a trove of documents related to the failed video game company.

The committee is slated to continue a presentation on the timeline of events leading to the state’s investment in 38 Studios.

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Democrat Michael Sepe is running for Mayor of Cranston. Sepe made the formal announcement on Sunday.

Sepe told Rhode Island Public Radio of his intention to run this summer. At the time current Cranston Mayor Allan Fung was embroiled in a controversy over the management of the city police department.

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