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

August 24, 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. Collin Binkley 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

WWI WREATH LAYING

Soldiers from the Rhode Island National Guard have laid a wreath at a World War I monument to memorialize their predecessors’ service and sacrifice during the conflict. The 103rd Field Artillery Battalion held the ceremony Friday in Providence. Remembrance events are being held leading up to the centennial of the war’s end, Nov. 11, 2018. SENT: 330 words.

TAX OVERHAUL-HIGH TAX STATES-Q&A

The Trump administration has laid down rules aimed at preventing residents in high-tax states from avoiding a new cap on widely popular state and local tax deductions. The action under the new Republican tax law pits the government against high-tax, heavily Democratic states in an election-year showdown. SENT: 1,000 words.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-CONFIDENTIAL AGREEMENTS

Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers introduced bills in at least 16 states that would place restrictions on the use of non-disclosure agreements in sexual harassment cases. Six states have passed such laws, while another bill is before California Gov. Jerry Brown. Legal experts say it’s not clear yet what their effect will be. By Michelle Smith. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BOY CRASHES AMBULANCE: Police say a boy with autism took an ambulance from a Rhode Island fire station and crashed it, leaving three with minor injuries. SENT.

— ELLISON MANSION-COMPLAINTS: A historic estate owned by billionaire Larry Ellison is drawing complaints from neighbors as it awaits long-promised landscaping improvements. SENT.

— SPORTS BETTING: Sports betting is expected to begin in Rhode Island in mid-November. SENT.

— TRUCK TOLLS: Rhode Island is asking a federal court to dismiss a lawsuit over its new truck tolls. SENT.

— GUNS IN SCHOOLS-RHODE ISLAND: Some Rhode Island politicians are speaking out against a Trump administration plan that would allow schools to use federal funding to buy guns for teachers. SENT.

— HOME SALES-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s housing market may be cooling as the number of single-family houses for sale has increased from last year. SENT.

— EXIT CLOSURE: Transportation officials in Rhode Island say there is no easy solution to the closure of a highway exit in Providence for repairs that has caused massive traffic backups in recent weeks. SENT.

— ATTEMPTED BURGLARY-SHOTS FIRED: Police in Rhode Island say two would-be burglars fired at a homeowner when he chased them away from his home. SENT.

SPORTS

RED SOX-RAYS

The Boston Red Sox bring baseball’s best record to Tropicana Field, with right-hander Hector Velazquez facing Diego Castillo in the opener of a weekend series against the Tampa Bay Rays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

PATRIOTS-PANTHERS

The New England Patriots play a pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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