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

September 22, 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.

Collin Binkley is on the desk until 5:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

BEACON HILL

BOSTON — Massachusetts ended its last fiscal year with a more than $1 billion revenue surplus, but nearly three months later, lawmakers appear in no hurry to use the extra cash. Gov. Charlie Baker has proposed spending about half on education and other initiatives and putting the rest into the state’s reserves. Senate President Karen Spilka wants action on the bill as soon as possible, but the Legislature is no longer meeting in formal session. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 770 words.

IN BRIEF:

— FATAL SHOOTING-PROVIDENCE: Police say one man was killed and another was injured in a shooting outside a Providence housing complex. SENT.

— OFFICER ASSAULT-SUSPECT SOUGHT: Police in Rhode Island are looking for a man who they say tried to drive over a police officer. SENT.

— COURTROOM BUGS: Officials at a Rhode Island courthouse are bringing in dogs that can detect bedbugs after the pests were found on two floors. SENT.

— MOSQUITO TESTS: Environmental officials in Rhode Island say the number of mosquitoes is dwindling and the latest samples tested negative for both West Nile and Eastern equine encephalitis. SENT.

— GAS EXPLOSIONS: Hotplates are being distributed to residents who have been left without gas service more than a week after gas explosions and fires rocked the Merrimack Valley. SENT.

— ART SHOW CANCELED-TRUMP SATIRE: An art exhibit satirizing President Donald Trump has been canceled at a town arts center after its leaders worried it would make them appear biased. SENT.

— FATAL CRASH-WORCESTER: Police say a woman was killed after crashing into a pickup truck that was towing a car carrier near Worcester. SENT.

— VA HOSPITAL-LEGIONAIRRES’ DISEASE: Water at three Veterans Affairs hospitals in Boston is being tested after a patient was diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease. SENT.

— RUNNER FATALLY STRUCK: A man who was hit by a car while running along Route 110 in Westford has died. SENT.

— GAS EXPLOSTIONS-TAXES: Residents trying to recover from the gas explosions and fires that rocked the Merrimack Valley more than a week ago have one fewer thing to worry about. SENT.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-INDIANS

CLEVELAND — The Boston Red Sox are one win from setting a team record with their 106th win this season. Rick Porcello starts for the AL East champions against Mike Clevinger and the Indians, who are getting healthier as they gear up for the postseason. Game time 7:10 p.m. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

BOSTON COLLEGE-PURDUE

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Purdue Boilermakers will try to get their first win of the season Saturday when they host No. 23 Boston College. Purdue hasn’t started 0-4 since 1982. The Eagles haven’t started 4-0 since 2007. UPCOMING: 700 words, with photos. Kickoff is noon ET.

CHARLOTTE-MASSACHUSETTS

Charlotte plays Massachusetts at Warren McGuirk Alumni Stadium.

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