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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI

September 20, 2018

Good evening. 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.

Jennifer McDermott 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

CAPTAIN COOK’S SHIP

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Researchers say they’ve found a site where they think the ship that explorer Capt. James Cook used to sail around the world may be located, and they’re planning an excavation off the coast of Rhode Island. By Jennifer McDermott. UPCOMING: 300 words, photos by 2 a.m., updates on merits.

TOP STORIES:

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

BOSTON — Final inspections of prospective marijuana businesses were underway, Massachusetts’ top marijuana regulator said Thursday, but the question of when the state’s first pot shops will finally open their doors remained unanswered. Steven Hoffman, chairman of the Cannabis Control Commission, declined to offer a date for the start of recreational marijuana sales, but he expressed confidence it would happen sometime in the fall. There was a “distinct possibility,” he added, that the panel could begin issuing final licenses at its next public meeting on Oct. 4. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words.

HARVARD MEDALISTS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture, the university announced Thursday. All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Oct. 11 by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. SENT: 300 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— HARVARD-FUNDRAISING: CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Harvard University says its latest fundraising campaign has drawn $9.6 billion in donations. It’s believed to be the largest fundraising effort in the history of higher education and exceeds the $6.5 billion goal set when the campaign launched in 2013. SENT: 130 words.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-RHODE ISLAND: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s unemployment rate ticked down to 4.0 percent in August, but the number of jobs in the state fell by 2,400. The state Department of Labor and Training says the rate was one-tenth of a percentage point lower than in July. SENT: 130 words.

— LIBRARY RENOVATION: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Providence Public Library in Rhode Island is kicking off its multimillion-dollar renovation project. WJAR-TV reports the library is knocking down a wall Thursday to celebrate what officials say is the largest public library renovation in state history. SENT: 100 words.

— HISTORIC BOOK RETURNED: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Colonial-era document that went missing three decades ago is back in possession of the Rhode Island state archives. The recovered document is what’s called a “minute book”, handwritten by a court clerk from 1746 through 1749. SENT: 130 words.

— CAR CRASH-APARTMENT: COVENTRY, R.I. — Police say a car crashing into a building caused heavy damage to an apartment in Coventry. Coventry police say the 58-year-old driver apparently suffered a medical problem in the Wednesday evening crash. Police said the car went several feet into bedroom, trapping the driver. SENT: 100 words.

— HIGH SCHOOL CONDITIONS: Parents say conditions at a Rhode Island high school that was rated one of the ten worst in the state last year haven’t improved. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-YANKEES

Boston plays New York at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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