PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A fight over public pensions in Rhode Island is about to come to a head in the Legislature, with lawmakers scheduled to vote Thursday on a landmark overhaul that has angered public-sector workers in this tiny and economically troubled state.

And public employee unions have vowed that if they don't get their way, they are determined to make sure the courts have the last word.

The results could have big implications for other states grappling with their own runaway public retirement costs. Supporters and opponents of Rhode Island's proposed remedy say it's as far-reaching as any attempt launched around the country.

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