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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, RI

March 7, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change. Expected stories may not develop, or late-breaking and more newsworthy events may take precedence. Advisories and digests will keep you up to date. All times are Eastern.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT

The public advocate says a proposed 145-mile (230-kilometer) transmission line across western Maine is “in the best interest” of electricity customers thanks to incentives negotiated with Central Maine Power. Barry Hobbins said Thursday the package provides a direct benefit to Mainers. The $1 billion New England Clean Energy Connect would provide a conduit for Canadian hydropower to reach consumers in Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ ABORTION-RHODE ISLAND: Lawmakers in the Rhode Island House of Representatives are voting on a bill to enshrine abortion protections in state law. SENT.

_ BOY SCOUTS-CHAPLAIN ARRESTED: Rhode Island State Police have filed additional sexual assault charges against a former Catholic chaplain for the Boy Scouts. SENT.

_ UNEMPLOYMENT-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s unemployment rate held steady at 4 percent in January but the number of jobs in the state fell by 1,700. SENT.

_ MOST WANTED LIST LAWSUIT: A Rhode Island woman whose photo was mistakenly posted on the state police Most Wanted website has filed a lawsuit. SENT.

_ MAIL THEFT: A former mail carrier who stole nearly 10,000 pieces of mail intended for residents along her route in Boston in her search for gift cards and cash has avoided jail. SENT.

_ MURDER FOR HIRE PLOT: A Massachusetts jail inmate has pleaded guilty to trying to hire someone to kill three people, including a police officer. SENT.

_ FOOD PANTRY-SALEM: A free food pantry is now open on the Salem State University campus, helping to provide food to a number of students and nearby residents who have said they lack access to food. SENT.

_ RIGHT WHALE PROTECTIONS: A Congressional panel is holding a hearing about the threats facing endangered North Atlantic right whales, which number only about 411. SENT.

_ HIGH SCHOOL E-SPORTS TEAMS: New Mexico is joining a handful of other states, including Rhode Island, in allowing high school students to participate in a growing sport _ video games. SENT.

SPORTS:

PANTHERS-BRUINS

The Florida Panthers visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

SUPER BOWL DVD

NFL Films is no stranger to producing films commemorating a Super Bowl title for the New England Patriots. When it came time to tell the story of the Patriots’ sixth championship, they found that tying it into the past five was the best route. The final product is a 75-minute DVD that shows how the Patriots’ road to their third title the past five years had many of the trademarks of past championship New England squads. The DVD was released to the public on Tuesday. SENT: 500 words, photos.

ORIOLES-YASTRZEMSKI

The grandson of a Hall of Fame outfielder with a very notable last name, 28-year-old Mike Yastrzemski, remains hopeful of finally making to the big leagues with the Baltimore Orioles. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

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