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

September 7, 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.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Meeting on the campus of Jackson State University in Mississippi on a recent Friday afternoon, dozens of black women came together to strategize about the upcoming midterm elections, opening the gathering with a freedom song. The impact of such targeted work is evident. Black women went to the polls in record numbers last December to elect Doug Jones as the first Democratic senator from Alabama in 25 years. As of this week, 39 black women are nominees for the U.S. House in the November midterms, including 22 women who aren’t incumbents. SENT: 1,150 words.


As she hits up the town fairs and parades across northwestern Connecticut, political newcomer Jahana Hayes is sharing her story of rising from poverty to the height of the teaching profession in her bid to become the state’s first black woman elected to Congress. SENT: 850 words.


— STUDENT SHOT: A 16-year-old boy reputedly associated with a gang is facing murder and other charges in the shooting death this week of a 15-year-old student outside a Rhode Island high school. SENT: 130 words.

— OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING: Police in Rhode Island are investigating an officer involved shooting that left a suspect dead. SENT: 130 words.

— RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR-BROWN: A Democratic gubernatorial candidate plans to walk about 45 miles across the nation’s smallest state to draw attention to his candidacy. SENT: 130 words.

— SUPER YACHT: The largest single-mast sailing yacht ever built is now docked in Portland, towering over the other boats. SENT: 130 words.

— MAYO-DOG TRAINER CHARGED: Prosecutors say the trainer facing charges in the death of a dog that belonged to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo had an elaborate plan to deceive authorities. SENT: 140 words.

— SKYSCRAPER PROJECT: Providence officials are giving plans for a 46-story skyscraper more time for consideration. SENT.



Division leaders Houston and Boston are both riding hot streaks as they open a three-game series that could be a preview of potential playoff matchup. The Astros have won five straight and hold a 3 1/2 game lead in the West. The Red Sox, winners of seven out of their last nine and three straight, lead the Yankees by 9 1/2 in the East. The teams split a four-game series back in June. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


DENVER — Although Nick Foles and the Philadelphia Eagles kept him from adding to his fistful of Super Bowl rings last winter, Tom Brady remains the best quarterback in the NFL, even at age 41. In the first of the weekly Associated Press position rankings for this season, Brady edged out Aaron Rodgers in voting by 10 AP football writers. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words. AP Photos.


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