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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI

February 5, 2018

Good evening. 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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Jennifer McDermott is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Victims of a scheme in which a doctor prescribed them a highly addictive opioid spray in exchange for kickbacks are expected to tell a federal judge how their lives were affected, including stories of overdoses, monthslong withdrawals, weight loss and broken bones from falling while on the powerful drug. Jerrold Rosenberg told one patient, “Stop crying, you’re acting like a child,” when she complained of severe side effects, which included losing 40 pounds and repeated vomiting for years, according to an excerpt of grand jury testimony filed by prosecutors in the case. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 450 words.

BORDER ARRESTS

MONTPELIER, Vt. — A man from Mexico and another from Guatemala tried to smuggle five Romanians into the United States from Canada along a remote stretch of the border in Vermont, federal prosecutors said Monday. U.S. Border Patrol agents were alerted Friday night that a group of people had been spotted entering the United States in Canaan, Vermont. Agents said six people — the Mexican citizen and five Romanians — they found hiding in the snow and brush admitted they had entered the U.S. illegally. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

— RAIMONDO-CLEAN ENERGY: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state is making progress toward the goal of increasing the amount of clean energy in Rhode Island tenfold by the end of 2020. The state’s goal is to secure 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy resources, including wind, solar and hydropower. SENT: 130 words.

— EX-CHIEF-DOMESTIC ASSAULT: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The former police chief in Cranston has pleaded no contest to a charge that he assaulted his wife. Former Chief Marco Palombo Jr. entered the no contest plea to a simple assault charge Monday in Providence Superior Court. He was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered not to contact his wife or daughter for a year. SENT: 130 words.

— GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The price of gasoline in Rhode Island is up four cents this week. AAA Northeast said Monday in its weekly survey that self-serve regular is averaging $2.61 per gallon. That’s the same as the national average. SENT: 115 words.

— PRIVATE SCHOOL-SEXUAL ABUSE: EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Rhode Island private school says an investigation has found that a teacher raped or sexually abused multiple girls in the 1970s. The Gordon School in East Providence said in a letter Monday it received credible reports about former teacher Andrew D. Cohen, who worked at the elementary and middle school between 1972 and 1977. He’s accused of inappropriate touching, digital rape and two rapes. The alleged victims were 11 to 15. SENT: 130 words.

— HEAD-ON FATALITY: EAST GREENWICH, R.I. — Police say a 61-year-old woman has died in a late night head-on crash in East Greenwich. The accident was reported at about 10:45 p.m. Sunday. SENT: 115 words.

— DELI CLOSED-LISTERIA: WARWICK, R.I. — The deli area of a Rhode Island supermarket has temporarily closed over listeria concerns. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BEHIND THE CALL

MINNEAPOLIS — Not only was the Philadelphia Eagles’ knockout of New England a thrill-a-minute slugfest, it produced some of the biggest calls the Super Bowl has ever seen. For once, the whistles didn’t go the Patriots’ way, such as Philly’s two second-half touchdowns that survived reviews at the NFL’s league headquarters, including Zach Ertz’s game-winner just before the two-minute warning of the 41-33 thriller. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.

SUPER BOWL FOLO

MINNEAPOLIS — Nick Foles did his best Tom Brady impersonation, leading a late-game comeback to cap a season that began as a backup and ended as Super Bowl MVP. Foles’ journey mirrored Brady’s 16 years ago and ended late Sunday night, with green-and-white confetti falling as delirious Philadelphia Eagles fans celebrated their first NFL title since 1960. By Josh Dubow. SENT: 1100 words, AP Photos.

SUPER BOWL FAN REACTION

PHILADELPHIA — Fresh off their first Super Bowl title, the Philadelphia Eagles arrived home to a hero’s welcome Monday afternoon, hours after overjoyed fans mobbed the streets in a sometimes unruly victory celebration nearly 60 years in the making. Hundreds of fans greeted the team’s plane at Philadelphia International Airport, cheering wildly and singing “Fly Eagles Fly” as Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie emerged with the Lombardi Trophy. By Anthony Izaguirre. SENT: 800 words, AP Photos.

With:

SUPER BOWL FAN REACTION-THE LATEST

PHILADELPHIA — The Latest on Philadelphia’s Super Bowl win reaction. SENT: 1,200 words, AP Photos.

SUPER BOWL-SELFIE KID: BOSTON — A Massachusetts teenager who took a selfie with Justin Timberlake during the Super Bowl halftime show has become a social media sensation. Thirteen-year-old Ryan McKenna said on ABC’s “Good Morning America” on Monday that his phone “exploded” with messages and phone calls and he now has thousands of new social media followers. SENT: 130 words.

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