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

March 5, 2019

Good afternoon. 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.

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

ABORTION-RHODE ISLAND

Lawmakers in Rhode Island are seriously considering whether to enshrine abortion protections in state law, joining states around the country that are revisiting their laws in anticipation of renewed federal fights over abortion. The House Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a bill codifying the U.S. Supreme Court’s 1973 Roe v. Wade decision establishing a nationwide right to abortion. It’s backed by many Democrats in the chamber, though House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, who is anti-abortion, has not said how he would vote. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 380 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after judiciary committee vote around 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ BUDDY CIANCI-PLAY: A new play about Buddy Cianci, the infamous mayor of Providence who was forced out of office twice due to felonies, will debut in September. SENT.

_ SPECIAL ELECTION: Voters are heading to the polls in Rhode Island to replace state representative who never took office over a nonexistent campaign mailer. SENT.

_ JUDGE RETIRES: A lifetime seat has opened up on Rhode Island’s main trial court with the retirement of a judge. SENT.

_ CHILD PORN ARREST: A Massachusetts man who was arrested for transporting child pornography to Rhode Island has been sentenced to seven years in prison. SENT.

_ SUSPECT SOUGHT: Police in Massachusetts are looking for a suspect in a fatal shooting in Randolph who is considered “armed and dangerous.” SENT.

_UMASS-ONLINE COLLEGE: The president of the University of Massachusetts system says administration officials plan to create an online college for adult learners. SENT.

_ MAINE PRISONS-MENTAL ILLNESS: Maine’s corrections agency is working with a Massachusetts hospital to address mental health, stress and trauma impacting staffers and inmates. SENT.

SPORTS:

HURRICANES-BRUINS

The Carolina Hurricanes visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

CELTICS-WARRIORS

The Golden State Warriors try for their third straight victory against Boston when the Celtics visit Oracle Arena for the final time. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 10:30 p.m. ET.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Rhode Island at Saint Joseph’s, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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