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Attorney General Jeff Sessions is testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee at 2:30pm ET today, as the investigation continues into Russian attempts to influence the 2016 presidential election. Sessions is expected to take questions about his recusal from the Russia investigation, his own meetings with Russian officials, and what if anything he knew about a private Oval Office meeting between President Trump and fired FBI Director James Comey. Here is Sessions' prepared opening statement to the committee, annotated by NPR journalists.

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A state Senate bill aiming to streamline the merger and acquisition process for nonprofit hospitals is scheduled for a vote in the Health and Human Services Committee Tuesday. The bill, which would amend the Hospital Conversions Act, has sparked debate between lawmakers and hospital union workers.

RI To Receive $3.7M In AmeriCorps Funding

Jun 13, 2017

Non-profits in Rhode Island will receive $3.7 million in federal AmeriCorps funding. This year grants will go to several organizations including Teach for America in Rhode Island, City Year Providence, and The Providence Children’s Museum.

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The capital city is one step closer to a new budget for the upcoming fiscal year. The Providence City Finance Committee approved the amended spending plan Monday.

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An expert on insects is banking on more rain -- and a fungus -- to knock back populations of gypsy moths.

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Gov. Gina Raimondo said Rhode Island will continue to address climate change despite President Donald Trump's decision to pull the United States out of a global climate agreement. 

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The number of clean energy jobs in Rhode Island is up 66 percent since 2014.


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Gun control advocates and families of the Sandy Hook tragedy are asking NBC to pull an interview with “Infowars” radio host Alex Jones. The conspiracy theorist has said on numerous occasions that Sandy Hook was a hoax.

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Over the weekend the city of Warwick celebrated the 245th anniversary of the burning of the British ship, the HMS Gaspee.  Many Rhode Islanders consider it one of the earliest clashes in the American Revolution. The skirmish is often overshadowed by the better known Boston Tea Party, which took place more than a year later.

Now a group of Brown University students is working to raise the profile of the Gaspee Affair. They're creating a virtual reality experience aimed at middle and high school students.

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High-speed ferry service from Providence to Newport returns this Friday. The ferry launched last July and proved popular, making more than 33,000 trips between the Providence waterfront, and downtown Newport. The service was introduced as a way of encouraging tourists to explore both cities, and help reduce heavy traffic congestion in Newport.

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It’s going to be a hot Monday folks. The mercury is expected to climb into the 90s for the greater Providence area.

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The Providence City Council begins public hearings Monday on the new proposed city budget, as the state’s largest city continues to struggle to close long-term deficits.

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The House version of Gov. Gina Raimondo's proposal for the state budget is expected to emerge later this week. The main question is how lawmakers will wipe out a $134 million deficit.

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  Connecticut lawmakers ended their regular legislative session at midnight Wednesday night without passing a budget. Lawmakers have decided to return to Hartford before the end of the month for a special session to deal with the budget.

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