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

June 5, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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Democratic state Rep. Teresa Tanzi says the commission she led on sexual harassment laws has proposed eight strong, sensible bills to better protect Rhode Islanders amid the #MeToo movement. The legislative task force introduced the package Friday after two months of testimony. Tanzi proposed the commission this year after revealing in October that a higher-ranking lawmaker suggested sexual favors would advance her legislation. By Dylan McGuinness. Sent: 380 words.


Trucks will have to start paying tolls next week when they drive through Rhode Island. The state announced Monday that two of its long-delayed truck tolls will go online June 11. The rest of the 14 tolls will be activated over the next 18 months. The first two locations will be along Interstate 95 between Hopkinton and Exeter. The gantries were supposed to begin collecting tolls in December. SENT: 187 words.


— GUILTY PLEA-FRAUDULENT PRESCRIPTIONS: A Rhode Island man who led a conspiracy to create fraudulent prescriptions for opioid pills has pleaded guilty in Providence District Court. SENT: 140 words.

— IMPORT-EXOTC ANIMALS: An elite outdoor sporting club is seeking permission from Rhode Island lawmakers to import exotic animals for hunting. SENT: 130 words.

— UNION LEADER- SCHOOL DISPUTE: The head of a national teacher’s union will visit two schools in Providence as tensions mount between educators and Mayor Jorge Elorza. SENT: 130 words.

— DR. PEPPER SALES FRAUD: A former national sales executive for the company that makes Dr Pepper has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison for defrauding the company of more than $1.7 million. SENT: 140 words.

— HOSPITAL PRESIDENT: Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island has a new leader. SENT: 130 words.

— DOG BITES WOMAN: Police in Rhode Island are searching for a woman who ran away when her dog bit another woman in the face. SENT: 110 words.



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

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