JEFF COHEN: And I'm Jeff Cohen in Hartford, where the budget season began with what seemed like a safe bet. Democratic Governor Dannel Malloy said he and labor leaders would find a way to save $2 billion over two years, and the Democratic legislature said okay. Eventually, the governor and the state's unions came to an agreement that scaled back some benefits and included a four-year pledge of no layoffs.
Congress seems to have no answers on the debt-ceiling issue, so NPR's Andrea Seabrook takes it to the people. What do they think lawmakers should do? What do they want? Do former members of Congress have any insight into what it will take to get a deal?
New Hampshire has long been the place to buy fireworks in northern New England. People from Maine and other states have driven to the state border to stock up on fireworks that they couldn't legally buy at home. But fireworks sales will soon be legal in Maine, and perhaps in Massachusetts as well. Josh Rogers reports that New Hampshire pyrotechnics vendors are not happy about it.
The tiny European principality of Monaco was the scene of much international attention on Friday. The country's ruler, Prince Albert II, married a former Olympic swimmer from South Africa, Charlene Wittstock. Host Scott Simon gets a report on the nuptials from Eleanor Beardsley in Monaco.