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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, RI

January 8, 2018

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TODAY:

GADGET SHOW-SOCIAL ROBOTS

ATLANTA — A plush, robotic duck may soon become a fixture in the world of children who have cancer — a social robot that can be silly, happy, angry, scared or sick just like them, and help them cope creatively with their illness through the power of play. The duck, developed by robotics expert Aaron Horowitz and his company, is undergoing testing and is expected to be widely distributed by the end of this year. By Marina Hutchinson. SENT: 816 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BARN FIRE: CRANSTON, R.I. — Fire officials say a fire in Cranston has destroyed a barn and killed at least 11 animals. The three-story barn, estimated to be about 100 by 100 feet in size, burned to the ground Sunday morning. SENT: 130 words.

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