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

May 15, 2018

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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Sarah Betancourt 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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An 800-pound animal described as a “goat-antelope” that escaped its enclosure at a Rhode Island zoo was back in by the time the zoo opened for visitors. The takin escaped just after 9 a.m. Tuesday and was returned to its enclosure an hour later at the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. A zoo spokeswoman says the animal charged the heavy reinforced doors multiple times while a veterinary team was about to perform a routine hoof procedure. Two zoo employees were treated for minor injuries. SENT: 140 words. More on merits.


—UNION EMBEZZLEMENT CHARGE: Rhode Island State Police have arrested a former union official they say embezzled more than $100,000 from a union for health care professionals. SENT: 127 words.

— SOLAR PROPOSAL: A renewable energy company is proposing a 68-acre solar installation in Tiverton. SENT: 149 words.

— 12K TICKETS: The city of Providence will offer partial refunds and reduced fines to thousands of people ticketed for speeding in order to settle a lawsuit over the city’s use of portable speed cameras. SENT: 130 words.

— LEAD PIPES-LOANS: The city of Providence has launched a program offering interest-free loans to homeowners so they can replace old lead water pipes. SENT: 100 words.



The Celtics dominated the Cavaliers in a 25-point victory in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. Cleveland is expecting a big response by LeBron James in Game 2. Coach Tyronn Lue is also weighing inserting Tristan Thompson into the starting lineup after the Cavs were outscored 60-38 in the paint in Game 1. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts at 8:30 p.m.


The Oakland A’s visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

Why the offshore wind industry is about to take off. By Matthew Lackner & Erin Baker, University of Massachusetts-Amherst. http://theconversation.com/why-the-offshore-wind-industry-is-about-to-take-off-95997


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