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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Advisory, RI

March 28, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

The former head soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty to accepting bribes to help students get into the school. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2 p.m. scheduled court appearance, photo planned.

BEACHED TURTLES

At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper. SENT: 950 words.

TAXED BY PIGEONS

Along with all the usual liabilities and deductions, Massachusetts residents have been asked to keep something else in mind this tax season: pigeon droppings. In an unusual and at times stomach-turning appeal, the state agency MassWildlife proposed that one way to fight back against the sticky mess befouling cars and damaging bridges is for taxpayers to check a box on their tax forms to support the state’s endangered species program _ specifically peregrine falcons, which eat pigeons. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 650 words by 10 a.m., photos.

CONVERSION THERAPY

The Massachusetts Senate is scheduled to debate legislation that would ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy for minors. Supporters of the ban say the practice — which aims to alter a person’s sexual orientation — is widely discredited by medical and mental health associations and can lead to depression and suicide in young people. The House has already approved a ban. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-MARINERS

SEATTLE _ The World Series champion Boston Red Sox being defense of their title when they open the season on Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. Chris Sale threw the final pitch of last season for the Red Sox and will get the ball on opening day to start Boston’s title defense. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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