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

November 13, 2018

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

AP Providence reporter Jennifer McDermott can be reached at 401-274-2270 or jmcdermott@ap.org

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UNSAFE TOYS

A Black Panther “slash claw” and a plastic Power Rangers sword are among the toys topping a consumer safety group’s annual list of worst toys for the holiday season. Massachusetts-based World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., unveiled its list Tuesday at a Boston children’s hospital. A Nerf gun, a Cabbage Patch Kids doll and a xylophone for infants also made the list. But the Toy Association, a toy industry trade group, says the annual list is biased and inaccurate. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video.

DRUG CRISIS-SPIRITUAL SPECIALISTS

Some clergy members have become spiritual first responders in the opioid crisis. In Newburgh, New York, it means Catholic friars leading sidewalk prayers. In New Bedford, Massachusetts, it means pleas to struggling souls to surrender to God. And in Winchester, Virginia, it means funerals for members of their flock who didn’t make it. Though their faiths differ, their goal is the same — to get troubled souls to seek treatment and take comfort in a higher power. By Michael Hill. SENT: 1,800 words, photos, video.

IN BRIEF:

— GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island has dropped 5 cents in the past week. SENT.

— INJURED SHERIFFS: A new report finds that a significant number of Rhode Island sheriffs are injured and collecting untaxed salaries, costing taxpayers more than $2 million annually. SENT.

— BROWN UNIVERSITY-MEXICO: A former president of Mexico warned of the possible consequences of U.S. trade policy during a lecture at Brown University in Rhode Island. SENT.

— TRUMP-VETERANS: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed has criticized President Donald Trump’s canceled visit to a World War I American military cemetery in France, saying it showed an “indifference if not disrespect” to service members. SENT.

— COLLEGE-WINTER CLASSES: A community college in Rhode Island is looking to offer winter classes to help students graduate on time. SENT.

— GLASSES THEFT: A store owner in North Providence says she is searching for a man accused of stealing two pairs of designer eyeglasses worth over $1,300. SENT.

SPORTS:

Holy Cross at Providence, 7 p.m.

Rhode Island at Coll. of Charleston, 7 p.m.

EXTRA:

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

— Move more, sit less — great advice, but how can we make time for exercise? By David E. Conroy, Pennsylvania State University, and Sherry Pagoto, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/move-more-sit-less-great-advice-but-how-can-we-make-time-for-exercise-106741

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