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This week Rhode Island lawmakers unveiled a $9.2 billion spending plan that avoids a major tax increase, while closing a $134 million deficit. How did they do it? Rhode Island Public Radio’s Elisabeth Harrison turns to our political analyst Scott MacKay.

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The House Finance Committee is expected to vote Thursday on a new budget for the fiscal year beginning July first. The legislature usually makes a series of changes to the spending plan submitted by Gov. Gina Raimondo.

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  Some residents of the Western Massachusetts hilltowns are so frustrated that their congressman doesn't come visit, they've taken out a "missing persons" ad in a local newspaper.

A progressive activist group called Indivisible Williamsburg raised money online to take out the tongue-in-cheek ad in the Daily Hampshire Gazette -- a photo of U.S. Representative Richie Neal above the words, "Has anyone seen this man?"

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The lawyer for a disgraced former legislator is calling for a three-year prison sentence, that’s slightly less than the high end of federal sentencing guidelines for the case.

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The Rhode Island Senate is considering legislation that would eliminate life sentences without possibility of parole for minors.

"Long sentences on a person that’s under 18 constitutes, in our view, and in the view of the Supreme Court and many other ACLU affiliates, as unusual punishment and violates basic human rights standards," said Marcela Betancur, a spokeswoman for the Rhode Island American Civil Liberties Union.

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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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  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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U.S. Sen. Jack Reed called FBI Director James Comey’s Thursday testimony a persuasive indictment of President Donald Trump’s efforts to influence the direction of the Bureau’s Russia investigation.

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A bill to begin the phaseout of the state’s car tax is expected to be introduced Tuesday. Eliminating the tax is the top priority for House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello.

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Irresponsible, immoral and reckless. Those are just a few of the terms Rhode Island’s congressional delegation is using to criticize President Donald Trump’s budget proposal.

The budget would reduce funding for social service programs including Medicaid, food stamps and education, while increasing military spending.

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On Tuesday Providence City Councilman Kevin Jackson faces a vote that could remove him from office. The longtime Providence politician has served for more than 20 years on the council.

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Debate over gun-related legislation will return to the Statehouse later Tuesday.

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Voters in Kent County are closely divided on President Donald Trump and his policies. That’s according to a new Brown University poll, out Wednesday.

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The state Board of Elections may consider issues Tuesday related to the recall of Providence City Councilor Kevin Jackson.

Jackson hopes to challenge part of the basis for the recall election in Ward 3 scheduled for May 2.

The Elections Board may also hear from two of the organizers of the recall.

Resurgent Russia in the Time of Trump - With Corey Flintoff
Brown University

NPR correspondent Corey Flintoff spent four years as NPR's bureau chief in Moscow, where he reported as Russian President Vladimir Putin cracked down on dissent, seized Crimea, and led Russia into war in eastern Ukraine. Since his recent return to the U.S., Flintoff has been following the revelations of the Trump administration's ties to Russia, and what that could mean for the future of relations between two of the world's most potently armed nations.

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