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

June 8, 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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A judge has granted the state a 10-day stay in a case in which one of its attorneys botched a costly deadline. The Superior Court issued the stay Friday. The state missed a May deadline to appeal a previous decision because its attorney, Gregory Hazian, didn’t tell the agency about it. Officials also learned Hazian was removed from the state’s attorney rolls in January. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words.


— SURPRISE MEDICAL BILLS: The Rhode Island Senate has passed a bill that would shield patients from high medical costs when they require unexpected treatment from a doctor outside their insurance network. SENT: 130 words.

— INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS PROGRAM: A Rhode Island university is launching what it says is the nation’s first online international relations Ph.D. program. SENT: 130 words.

— AIR BAG STANDARDS: Rhode Island lawmakers are trying to crack down on counterfeit air bags. SENT: 130 words.

— DETECTIVE-ASSAULT CHARGE: Providence police detective who’s charged with assaulting his girlfriend has turned around and brought criminal charges against the woman. SENT: 130 words.

— BROWN-DEAN OF STUDENTS: Brown University has hired an alumnus and member of the faculty to be its new chief academic officer. SENT: 130 words.

— STOLEN AUTO PARTS: Police in Rhode Island say more than 800 catalytic converters have been stolen from a vehicle storage yard since last year. SENT: 130 words.

— PROSTITUTION STING-NONPROFIT DIRECTOR: Police records show the executive director of a Rhode Island nonprofit was one of 17 people arrested in an undercover prostitution sting. SENT: 120 words.

— SLANDER LAWSUIT: A jury has ruled that a Rhode Island mayor must pay $34,000 to a former city councilwoman who accused him of slandering her during a town council meeting. SENT: 130 words.



The Boston Red Sox open a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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