PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House of Representatives advances bill to automatically extend expired municipal worker and teacher contracts. The bill, which cleared the House on Tuesday, now awaits action in Senate. Opponents say if the bill becomes law, unions will have no incentive to negotiate in tough times. Supporters say the bill provides a safety net for union members during contract negotiations. Gov. Gina Raimondo vetoed a version of the bill in 2017.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - Documentary filmmaker Ken Burns and actor John Krasinski are among seven people scheduled to receive honorary degrees at Brown University commencement ceremonies. Brown's keynote commencement speaker is traditionally a member of the graduating class. Krasinski, a 2001 Brown graduate, will address the graduating class the day before commencement.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island Ethics Commission has voted to open an investigation into Lt. Gov. Dan McKee's failure to disclose a trip he took to Asia last year. WPRI-TV reports the commission voted Tuesday. Brandon Bell, the Rhode Island Republican Party's acting general counsel, filed a complaint. The commission requires that state officials report out-of-state trips valued at more than $250 and paid for by a foreign government. McKee's attorney says they intend to fully cooperate with the commission.

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire probate judge is going to reconsider whether the court has jurisdiction over the estate of the millionaire grandfather of a Vermont man who is accused by relatives of shooting him to death in Connecticut in 2013. Earlier this month, Nathan Carman, of Vernon, Vermont, argued in court documents that the estate of his grandfather John Chakalos was limited to one-half interest of a New Hampshire condominium.

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