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

January 17, 2019

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 the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

RHODE ISLAND BUDGET

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is releasing her proposed state budget plan. The Democrat is submitting the plan Thursday. The legislature will review the proposals and present its plan for the 2020 fiscal year. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 400 words at 5 p.m.

SPORTS BETTING-MASSACHUSETTS

Gov. Charlie Baker wants Massachusetts to legalize betting on professional sports. The Republican announced Thursday that he will be filing legislation that would allow the Massachusetts Gaming Commission to license the state’s three casino operators to offer sports betting. The proposal would also allow other entities, such as daily fantasy sports operators, to offer online betting. SENT: 580 words.

OPIOID CRISIS-PHILANTHROPY

The Sackler name adorns walls at some of the world’s top museums and universities, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Guggenheim and Harvard. But the family’s ties to the powerful painkiller OxyContin and the drug’s role in the nation’s deadly opioid crisis are bringing a new kind of attention to the Sacklers and their philanthropic legacy. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 950 words by 4 p.m., photos.

ELECTION 2020-DEMOCRATS-TRUMP

When Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage earlier this month at this city’s ornate Orpheum Theatre, Tricia Currans-Sheehan posed a pointed question to the expected presidential contender. “Why did you undergo the DNA testing and give Donald Trump more fodder to be a bully?” the Iowa college professor asked, referring to a genetic analysis the Massachusetts Democrat released last fall to rebut President Donald Trump’s repeated jabs about her Native American ancestry. SENT: 1,200 words, photos

IN BRIEF:

_ RULES CHANGES: The Democratic-controlled Rhode Island House of Representatives has approved a new rules bill instituting modest changes amid a dispute with the so-called Reform Caucus seeking changes in legislative leadership. SENT.

_ ABORTION-RHODE ISLAND: Two proposals to codify the protections of Roe v. Wade in Rhode Island law have been introduced to keep abortion legal in the state. SENT.

_ DOUBLE FATAL CRASH: Massachusetts State Police say two people including a Rhode Island man have died in an early morning crash. Troopers responded to Interstate 95 south in Attleboro at about 1:25 a.m. Thursday and found that a Kia Soul had rear ended a Hyundai GST with five occupants. SENT.

_ NORWEGIAN AIR-CREW BASE: Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air has announced it is closing its crew base at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island. SENT.

_ UNEMPLOYMENT-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s unemployment rate of 3.9 percent in December was up slightly from November but down significantly from the 4.5 percent rate in December. SENT.

_ PRE-KINDERGARTEN PROGRAM: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo proposes spending another $10 million in the next year to reach the goal of universal pre-kindergarten statewide. SENT.

_ SAFE INJECTION SITES-BOSTON: Boston’s mayor is visiting supervised drug injection sites in Canada as Massachusetts policymakers weigh adopting one of the more controversial efforts to curb the national opioids epidemic. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS HOUSE-INAPPROPRIATE CONDUCT PROBE: Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is forming a special committee to investigate reports of inappropriate conduct during an orientation event for newly elected lawmakers. SENT.

_ RECYCLING PLANT GRENADE: Police say what was at first described as a live grenade at a Massachusetts recycling plant turned out to be a novelty lighter. SENT.

_ TEEN GIRL SHOT: The man suspected of shooting a 16-year-old Lawrence girl in the head has been captured after nearly a week on the run. SENT.

_ 911 TEXTS: Massachusetts cellphone users can now text 911 for help. The state 911 Department said in an announcement Wednesday that all emergency call centers now have the ability to receive a text. SENT.

SPORTS

BLUES-BRUINS

The St. Louis Blues visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX

The World Series champion Red Sox gather for the 80th Boston BBWAA annual dinner. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words.

PATRIOTS-TOUGH ROAD

The Patriots were unbeatable at home this season, going 8-0 during the regular season and rolling past the Chargers in the divisional round. Going on the road has been a different story during the Tom Brady era. Brady is 8-4 all-time in AFC championship game with a 6-1 record at home. But he’s just 2-3 on the road, with both wins coming at Pittsburgh during 2001 and 2004 seasons. The Patriots will also have to deal with what could be the coldest temperature for a game in Arrowhead Stadium history. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.

CHIEFS-LONG WAIT

Joe Montana was the quarterback the last time the Kansas City Chiefs reached the AFC title game. Len Dawson was under center the last time they played in the Super Bowl. For one of the NFL’s proudest franchises, the wait to reach this weekend has been a long one, and the chance to hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy _ named after the Chiefs’ founder _ has the city on the edge of its collective seat. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.

AFC MATCHUPS

A look at the matchups between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 1,000 words, photos

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

Offense wins championships in the new NFL. For the first time since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002, none of the teams playing in the conference title game have a defense ranked in the top 10 in total yards. Only New England is among the top 10 in fewest points allowed. But, the Chiefs, Patriots, Saints and Rams do possess the four most prolific offenses in the league. That’s the first time the four highest-scoring teams play for the conference championship during the Super Bowl era. SENT: 700 words, photos.

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