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Democrat Bernie Sanders beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by double digits in the New Hampshire primary, and Donald Trump was the big Republican winner, an outcome that was expected but left other Republican candidates vying for second place. 

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Former Providence Mayor Buddy Cianci was laid to rest Monday. Scores of people turned out for Cianci’s funeral. Cianci died January 28th at age 74.

A one-time political foe who became a close friend of Buddy Cianci, former mayor Joe Palino, delivered Cianci’s eulogy at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. Paolino says Cianci showed remarkable resilience in his life.

“Every time he suffered a tragedy, trials, tribulations or tears, he got back up,” said Paolino. “He had the tenacity to go against the establishment when it was necessary. He wanted to define himself.”

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Voters head to the polls in New Hampshire Tuesday to pick presidential candidates in the New Hampshire primary. Dozens of Rhode Islanders have been trekking to the Granite State to help candidates from both parties make their case.

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Lawmakers in the Senate and House Finance committees are expected to take up a controversial bill on truck tolls on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively Legislative leaders have proposed a compromise to raise money for road and bridge repairs.

The new bill would cap truck tolls at $20 for a rig crossing the state. It would also cut the number of toll gantries from 17 to 14. And reduce the amount of money the state borrows for road and bridge repairs.

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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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