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

January 25, 2019

Good afternoon. 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME

A pharmaceutical company executive is going on trial for allegedly bribing doctors to get his opioids into the hands of more people. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 940 words, photos, video.

HAITI-SCHOOL ASSAULTS

More than 130 people who say they were sexually abused as children at a now-defunct charity school in Haiti have reached a $60 million settlement with a Connecticut Jesuit school and other defendants. SENT: 600 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ GAS OUTAGE: Gov. Gina Raimondo says the state has opened an investigation into a natural gas outage affecting residents and businesses in Newport and Middletown. SENT.

_ OFFICER-RACIST COMMENT: A Providence police officer has been suspended with pay after she was reportedly heard using a racial slur outside court. SENT.

_ FIREFIGHTER SUSPENDED: A Rhode Island firefighter has been suspended after he told police he was doing cocaine in a parking lot. SENT.

_ DEADLY HIT-AND-RUN: Police are investigating an early morning hit-and-run in Haverhill that left one person dead. SENT.

_ TRANSGENDER INMATE TRANSFER: Massachusetts prisons officials have for the first time moved a transgender inmate from a men’s prison to a women’s prison. SENT.

_ CHILDREN KILLED: A Massachusetts woman charged with killing her 9-year-old daughter and her unborn son nearly a decade ago has been found not guilty by reason of insanity. SENT.

_ WRONG-WAY FATAL CRASH: New Hampshire man has been charged with negligent homicide in connection with a wrong-way crash that killed a retired Massachusetts police sergeant and his wife. SENT.

SPORTS

PATRIOTS-BRADY

With five rings Tom Brady has already established himself as the most-decorated quarterback in Super Bowl history. He now has a chance to distinguish himself among all players. A Super Bowl win over the Rams would give the 41-year-old a sixth ring, breaking a tie with Hall of Fame defensive end Charles Haley for the most all-time. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.

TRICKY RAMS

John Fassel’s fingerprints were all over the Rams’ NFC championship game victory, from the fake punt to the 57-yard winning field goal. Los Angeles’ peerless special teams coordinator isn’t saying whether he’s cooking up something for the Super Bowl, but Fassel’s units are a major part of the Rams’ success. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos by 9 p.m. EST.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Brown at Yale, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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