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

December 3, 2018

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TOP STORY:

SKYSCRAPER PROJECT

The head of the Providence City Council isn’t planning to try to override a mayoral veto that jeopardizes a plan for a 46-story skyscraper, a spokesman said Monday. Democratic Mayor Jorge Elorza vetoed a zoning change that would have allowed the proposed Hope Point Tower in Providence. If built, it would be the tallest building in the state. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

— BUS CRASH-MASSACHUSETTS: A Rhode Island woman police say was drunk when she was involved in a crash with a school bus full of adults and children returning from a Massachusetts Roman Catholic shrine’s Christmas light display has been released on $2,500 bail. SENT.

— AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORT: The Rhode Island Department of Transportation has awarded a contract to begin a self-driving shuttle service in Providence. SENT.

— GENERAL ASSEMBLY-ISSUES: As Rhode Island lawmakers are set to return to the Democratic-majority General Assembly next year, they still face divisions within the party over key issues like abortion and gun control. SENT.

— REAL ID-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island is offering residents the option to upgrade their driver’s license to meet federal requirements that will affect air travel. SENT.

— GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island has dropped 5 cents in the past week. SENT.

— SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND: Twin River Casino says sports betting will launch at its Tiverton location Monday afternoon, close to the state line with Massachusetts. SENT.

— INTRUDER SCARED OFF: Police say a Rhode Island woman scared off an intruder in her home by screaming and chasing him out the back door. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS-DEVELIN

Nearly every time James Develin has touched the football this season for the Patriots, it’s resulted in a touchdown. A special teams player and fullback used mostly as a blocker on offense, he didn’t have carry in either of the previous two seasons. But his first three rushes of 2018 have resulted in touchdowns, including a career-high two scores in New England’s win over Minnesota. It’s right on time for a Patriots offense that has had trouble at times rushing the ball around the goal line this season. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 550 words by 4 p.m., photos.

OVERACHIEVING DOLPHINS

Only one NFL team has been outgained by nearly 1,200 yards and is still in the playoff picture — the underwhelming, overachieving Miami Dolphins. They’re 6-6 and part of the crowded AFC wild-card race despite statistics that would sink most teams. The Dolphins rank 29th in the NFL in offense and 29th in defense, 29th in third-down conversions and 28th in red zone scoring. SENT: 580 words, photos.

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