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

December 15, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

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. Susan Haigh is on the desk until 5:30 p.m. and reachable at shaigh@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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES

BEACON HILL

Massachusetts congressman Seth Moulton says the decision by Nancy Pelosi to agree to limit her tenure as House speaker to four years will help pave the way for a new class of Democratic leaders. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 650 words.

FIREFIGHTER DEATH

Thousands of firefighters from Worcester and elsewhere are honoring a fallen city firefighter who died battling an early morning house fire last weekend. SENT: 130 words. Will be expanded to about 250 words. With AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ VOLKSWAGON-EMISSIONS SETTLEMENT-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island officials have allocated $4.1 million in grants from a settlement Volkswagen reached with federal officials over its emissions testing scandal. SENT.

_ PRIVACY PROTECTION COMMISSION: A new legislative commission is studying online privacy protection. SENT.

_ LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS: The third recreational marijuana shop in Massachusetts is now open for business. SENT.

_ GUN BUYBACK-BOSTON: People can get a $100 gift card by turning in a firearm this weekend through Boston’s gun buyback program. SENT.

_ EARLY VOTING COSTS: State Auditor Suzanne Bump is asking city and town clerks to add up the costs associated with early voting in the midterm elections — and whether any of those costs could be considered an unfunded mandate. SENT.

SPORTS:

LUXURY TAX

Boston should be happy to pay this tax bill. The World Series champion Red Sox owe $11,951,091 in luxury tax for having baseball’s top payroll, according to final calculations by the commissioner’s office obtained by The Associated Press. The only other team that owes is the Washington Nationals, who must pay $2,386,097, their second straight year with a bill. SENT: 748 words. With 2018 Luxury Tax Payrolls and Luxury Tax List. With AP Photos.

CELTICS-PISTONS

The Celtics bring an eight-game winning streak into a matchup with a Detroit team that has lost six straight. By Noah Trister. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. ET.

NICHOLLS STATE-BOSTON UNIVERSITY

The Nicholls State Colonels men’s basketball team visits the Boston University Terriers, 150 words planned. More on merit. Game starts at 1 p.m.

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