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

March 15, 2019

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 the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

BEACON HILL

With another MBTA fare hike looming this summer, talk on Beacon Hill is again turning to additional ways to help pay for the state’s aging transportation system. After the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority voted to boost fares an average of about 6 percent _ critics argued the state needs to find other sources of revenue, from hiking the state gas tax to increasing fees on ride-hailing companies like Lyft and Uber. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.

TOP STORIES:

BENEFITS SYSTEM PROBLEMS

The state has extended an agreement with the company that designed a computer system for Rhode Island benefits programs, despite the botched rollout, Gov. Gina Raimondo said Friday. Deloitte Consulting LLP will remain under contract through June 2021 to operate and maintain the system, Raimondo said. SENT: 350 words.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING

Massachusetts gambling regulators are receiving a long-awaited investigative report into allegations of sexual misconduct against casino mogul Steve Wynn. The state Gaming Commission is expected to be handed the report for its review Friday after the state recently reached a settlement with the former Wynn Resorts CEO, who had sued in Nevada to block its release. SENT: 350 words.

MAYFLOWER ANNIVERSARY

Native American leaders are teaming up with the U.S., British and Dutch governments on next year’s commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the Pilgrim landing. Events are planned in all three countries next year to reflect on the Pilgrims’ arrival in 1620 to what is now Massachusetts. SENT: 280 words, photos.

FIRE-FIVE DEAD

A father of three appears to have killed his wife and his children, then taken his own life and set fire to the family home in rural western Massachusetts, the area’s top prosecutor said. SENT: 300 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ JURY DUTY-BREASTFEEDING: Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a bill that would exempt breastfeeding mothers from jury service. SENT.

_ CAR CRASH-FIREFIGHTER KILLED: A Rhode Island firefighter who was injured in a four-vehicle crash has died. SENT.

_ CO-WORKERS-THREAT: Authorities say an employee of a Connecticut company that builds submarines for the Navy threatened to “go full blown genocide” and kill four co-workers. SENT.

_ AIRPORT-FLIGHT SERVICES: The Rhode Island Airport Corp. has reached an agreement to bring back a company that provided flight services at Block Island State Airport. SENT.

_ POLICE FREE RIDES: A Rhode Island police department is offering free rides on the weekend of St. Patrick’s Day to ensure people have a safe holiday. SENT.

_ FIREFIGHTER DEATH: The December death of a Massachusetts firefighter has been ruled a homicide after authorities determined the blaze he was fighting in an apartment building had been deliberately set by a tenant, the district attorney said. SENT.

_ ELECTION 2020-BILL WELD: The top strategist for Sen. Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign is working for a likely Republican challenger to President Donald Trump. Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld told The Associated Press on Friday that Stuart Stevens is his general consultant. SENT.

_ OFFICERS HOSPITALIZED-TRAFFIC STOP: Three Massachusetts police officers were hospitalized after being exposed to a white, powdery substance that turned out to be meth during a traffic stop. SENT.

_ DRUG TRAFFICKING INDICTMENT: The U.S. Attorney’s office says nine people have been charged with participating in a drug-trafficking conspiracy following a yearlong investigation. SENT.

_ SOCIAL SECURITY THEFT: A Massachusetts woman who pleaded guilty to stealing her dead mother’s Social Security benefits has avoided prison. SENT.

_ INFANT DEATH: A Massachusetts man whose 8-month-old daughter died days after he brought her to the hospital with severe injuries is now facing a murder charge. SENT.

_ STOLEN TRASH TRUCK: Police say they’ve recovered a trash truck that was stolen from Boston’s Logan International Airport. SENT.

SPORTS:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

RHODE ISLAND-VCU

Jeff Dowtin scored 22 points to help eighth-seeded Rhode Island upset top-seed VCU 75-70 in the Atlantic 10 Tournament quarterfinals Friday. Tyrese Martin added 13 for Rhode Island (18-14). Dana Tate finished with 12, and Christion Thompson had 11, including two free throws in the final seconds to seal the win. Rhode Island has eliminated VCU from the A-10 Tournament three years in a row. SENT: 300 words, photos.

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