News Minute: Here is the latest Rhode Island news from The Associated Press at 5:40 a.m. EDT
BOSTON (AP) - Massachusetts House lawmakers have wrapped up debate on a $42.7 billion state budget plan for the new fiscal year. The spending plan approved Thursday doesn't include new taxes, although Democratic leaders haven't ruled out considering taxes later in the legislative session. Critics faulted House leaders for allowing vast stretches of the four-day debate to be conducted behind closed doors..
BOSTON (AP) - Drivers for ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft will be required to pick up and drop off passengers at a central location at Logan International Airport except some early morning trips under a plan adopted Thursday by the Massachusetts Port Authority. The revised plan, which also imposes new fees, mostly prohibits Uber and Lyft from making curbside pickups and drop-offs at terminals, instead funneling rides to Logan's central garage. The ride-hailing firms strongly oppose the changes.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) - The Rhode Island House has passed a bill to encourage food donations. Lawmakers approved it Thursday, sending it to the Senate for consideration. Introduced by Rep. Alex Marszalkowski, of Cumberland, it establishes comprehensive immunity provisions for people donating food to food banks. A House commission found that a fear of lawsuits prevented restaurants, schools and food producers from donating excess food, according to The Westerly Sun.
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - Attorneys for New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft will be in court asking a judge to throw out a video that police say shows him paying for sex at a Florida massage parlor. Kraft's attorneys are expected to tell the judge Friday that police violated Kraft's constitutional rights when they installed video cameras in the parlor. Kraft was charged with paying for sex acts at the spa. He has pleaded not guilty.
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