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

June 13, 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. Sarah Betancourt 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge in Detroit after fleeing the South will be offered for auction after being turned into a work of art. By Michelle Smith. Upcoming 3 a.m. with photos.



The group that owns The Breakers mansion in Rhode Island is opening a welcome center that has drawn strenuous opposition from neighbors, preservationists and many descendants of the Vanderbilt family. The Preservation Society of Newport County is cutting the ribbon Thursday on the grounds of the National Historic Landmark in Newport. Cornelius Vanderbilt II built the mansion in the late 1800s. Opponents wanted it built across the street or elsewhere to leave the landscape unchanged. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 357 words with photos.


The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a bill that would prohibit pet shops from selling cats and dogs unless they come from shelters. The House passed the measure Tuesday. A Senate version of the bill remains in a committee. Rep. Patricia Serpa sponsored the bill. The Democrat says she was motivated by horror stories of “puppy mills,” where animals are bred in unsafe conditions. State Vet Scott Marshall says the legislation won’t be effective in protecting dogs from puppy mills. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 448 words.


Two U.S. Marshals Service officials wearing makeup and wigs to disguise their identities have testified in the case of a former New England Mafia boss accused of killing a nightclub owner in 1993. The officials took the stand using pseudonyms and disguises on Wednesday to describe how Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme left the area where he had been living in the Witness Security Program and later was arrested after the remains of Steven DiSarro were found in 2016. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 478 words with photos.


— OFFSHORE WIND: Gov. Dannel P. Malloy says Connecticut will purchase power from offshore wind for the first time. SENT: 135 words.

— COMPETING SHIP FESTIVALS: An alleged dispute has split the “Black Ships” festival into two in Rhode Island this year. SENT: 142 words.

— GIRL KILLED- JURORS: A Rhode Island newspaper has taken its First Amendment case against a judge who prevented reporters from contacting jurors to federal court. SENT: 130 words.

— HEALTHSOURCE RI: Rhode Island residents who get health insurance through the state-run marketplace can now pay their bills at CVS. SENT: 109 words.

—FIREWORKS SCHOOL: A man has been arrested in Rhode Island for lighting fireworks behind a middle school and causing an evacuation. SENT: 92 words.

— INFOSYS -RHODE ISLAND: Information technology outsourcing firm Infosys is partnering with the Rhode Island School of Design for a planned design center. SENT: 123 words.

— PROVIDENCE MAYOR-ENGAGEMENT: A spokesman for the city has confirmed that Democratic Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Stephanie Gonzalez. SENT: 90 words.

— CAR CRASH-POWER OUTAGE: Rhode Island utility company National Grid says a car crash knocked out power to thousands of homes and businesses in Warwick. SENT: 80 words.



The Boston Red Sox look to left-hander Chris Sale to put the finishing touch on a three-game sweep of the Baltimore Orioles in a rare midweek afternoon matchup at Camden Yards. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 3:05 p.m.

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