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

October 4, 2018

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.

Mark Pratt is on the desk until 4:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES

RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR

Republicans are coming to the aid of a former state lawmaker who left their party to run for governor as an independent. House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan on Thursday endorsed Joe Trillo over Republican gubernatorial hopeful Allan Fung in Warwick. Morgan lost to Fung in the primary. After the announcement, Fung tweeted that the reforms and changes he’ll bring angers two Iongtime insiders. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

MISSING BOATERS

A Vermont man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather and his mother to collect inheritance money is scheduled to be back in a New Hampshire court.

TEXTING SUICIDE

Lawyers for a woman who as a teenager encouraged her suicidal boyfriend to kill himself in dozens of text messages are urging Massachusetts’ highest court to throw out her involuntary manslaughter conviction. Daniel Marx is an attorney for 22-year-old Michelle Carter. Marx told the Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday that Carter didn’t force Conrad Roy III to take his life. Marx says it was a “tragic decision that he made.” SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m., photo planned.

IN BRIEF:

— FUEL SPILL: A tanker truck carrying 11,000 gallons of gasoline has overturned on a Rhode Island highway ramp, spilling most of the fuel, some of which flowed into a river. SENT.

— LAWMAKER COMPLAINT: Three people who work at Rhode Island’s State House have filed a complaint alleging hostile treatment by a Republican lawmaker. SENT.

— BUS DRIVER STRIKE: Attendance has dropped at Providence schools as a city-wide bus driver strike heads into its sixth day. SENT.

— SCHOOL WALKOUT: More than 100 students at a Rhode Island high school staged a walkout to protest deteriorated conditions at the school and to underscore the need for a new building. SENT.

SPORTS:

YANKEES-RED SOX PREVIEW

Fans have been waiting for another one of these rumbles: baseball’s most-bitter rivals set to tangle again, this time as 100-win heavyweights in the playoffs. Munson vs. Fisk, Pedro vs. Popeye, A-Rod vs. Varitek, and earlier this year Brock Holt vs. Tyler Austin. The Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees back at each other in the postseason for the first time in 14 years. SENT: 880 words, photos.

With: BASEBALL DIGEST-AWARDS: Boston Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts has been chosen major league player of the year by Baseball Digest. SENT.

COLTS-PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots simply don’t lose to the Indianapolis Colts, particularly at home. The Patriots have won the last seven meetings and haven’t fallen to Indy at Gillette Stadium since 2006. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. Game begins 8:20 p.m.

BRUINS-SABRES

The Boston Bruins visit the Buffalo Sabres. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

EXTRA:

Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

— Interruptions at Supreme Court confirmation hearings have been rising since the 1980s. By Paul M. Collins, Jr., University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Lori A. Ringhand, University of Georgia. https://theconversation.com/interruptions-at-supreme-court-confirmation-hearings-have-been-rising-since-the-1980s-104357

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