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

December 5, 2018

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-DEVAL PATRICK

Former Democratic Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts will soon announce he won’t launch a 2020 presidential campaign, according to three sources familiar with his plans. They did not say why he decided against a run. A formal announcement was delayed as the country observed a day of mourning for President George H.W. Bush, one source said. News of Patrick’s plans was first reported by Politico. SENT: 320 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ STEALING GASOLINE: A Rhode Island police sergeant has been charged with larceny for allegedly stealing gasoline from the town. SENT.

_ IMPROVING SCHOOLS: The Rhode Island Foundation says it has convened education leaders and other officials to craft a plan for the state’s public school system. SENT.

_ SEX OFFENDERS-HOMELESS SHELTERS: Advocates for the homeless have settled a lawsuit challenging a law that limits the number of registered sex offenders at shelters. SENT.

— PEDESTRIAN DEATH: A pedestrian struck by a car in Warwick last week has died. Police say 68-year-old David Quinn died in the hospital Tuesday after being struck Friday morning. SENT.

SPORTS

PATRIOTS-IMPROVED DEFENSE

Earlier this season opponents took advantage of a New England defense that struggled to get pressure up front and was susceptible to giving up big plays in the secondary. The Patriots appear to be tightening up at the right time. New England’s defense has not allowed a 300-yard passer in five-straight games. It also has not allowed a 100-yard rusher in nine-straight games, dating back to Week 3 against the Lions. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Brown at Butler, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words. More on merits.

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