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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest, 1:30 pm, RI

December 18, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

WASHINGTON — A federal judge abruptly postponed the sentencing hearing Tuesday for Michael Flynn, President Donald Trump’s first national security adviser, after a stunning hearing in which the judge accused Flynn of selling out his country. By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY. SENT: 534 words, photos.

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE-MAINE

PORTLAND, Maine —The last remaining Republican congressman in New England has filed an appeal that seeks to undo the election of his Democratic opponent under Maine’s ranked-voting system. Rep. Bruce Poliquin on Tuesday asked the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to act quickly as the swearing-in of new U.S. House members nears. Poliquin lost his re-election bid to Democrat Jared Golden. By MARINA VILLENEUVE. SENT: 600 words.

PENTAGON PAPERS-GRAND JURIES

BOSTON _ A Harvard University professor and writer for The New Yorker is asking a court to order the release of documents related to two grand juries that sat in Boston nearly 50 years ago to investigate the leak of the Pentagon Papers. Jill Lepore says in documents filed in federal court on Monday that the long-secret records will shed light on the probe into the publication of the top-secret study of the U.S.’ involvement in Vietnam. UPCOMING: 350 words by 3 p.m.

RHODE ISLAND IN BRIEF:

_ POST OFFICE_IRAQ CASUALTY: President Donald Trump has signed a bill into law renaming a post office in a small Rhode Island community after a local native who died in Iraq.

_ INNOVATION GRANTS: Rhode Island is poised to approve $12 million for three projects that officials say will help the state economy and create jobs.

_ CONFUCIOUS INSTITUTE-RHODE ISLAND: The University of Rhode Island is ending its partnership with a controversial Chinese institute under scrutiny by U.S. intelligence agencies.

_ SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s Senate president says there aren’t enough casino staff to take sports bets and he’s concerned about the state losing out on revenue.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-ARREST: A man wanted in a fatal 2013 shooting in Rhode Island has been apprehended in Massachusetts.

_ MAYOR CHARGED: Fall River’s mayor is formally objecting to a recall petition, claiming the signatures on the petition are invalid.

MASSACHUSETTS IN BRIEF:

_ SUPERINTENDENT-SEXUAL HARASSMENT: A longtime Massachusetts school superintendent is being investigated for multiple complaints of sexual harassment and discrimination by former employees.

_ SCHOOLS CLOSED: A Massachusetts public school district has closed after powerful winds downed power lines.

_ GARBAGE PLANT-BREAKDOWN: Equipment failures at a Connecticut garbage plant are causing trash to pile up. Garbage is being sent to Massachusetts and other states in response.

_ REPEAT DRUNK DRIVER: A Wisconsin man with 16 drunken driving convictions in three states including Massachusetts is headed to prison.

_ OFFICER DEATH: A judge has sentenced a teen to prison for his role in a crash in New Hampshire that killed an off-duty Massachusetts police officer.

SPORTS:

BKC--ALBANY-PROVIDENCE

Albany plays Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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