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

August 3, 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. Pat Eaton-Robb 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.

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JFK losing his star power?

It’s probably too early to tell, but 55 years after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, an auction of some of the most iconic items associated with the Kennedy White House fell well short of the pre-sale hype.

A rocking chair JFK used to meet with world leaders in the Oval Office sold for $50,000, and a collection of pens he used to establish the Peace Corps and sign a landmark nuclear treaty sold for $60,000 at Friday’s auction on Cape Cod, not far from the Kennedy compound in Hyannis, Massachusetts. By William J. Kole. SENT: 500 words., photos.


SEATTLE — More states, including Rhode Island, are suing the Trump administration to dissolve a settlement it reached with a company that wants to post instructions online for making 3D-printed firearms that are hard to trace and detect. Mostly Democratic attorneys general from 19 states, plus the District of Columbia, filed an amended complaint Friday asking a judge make it illegal to share plans on creating printable plastic weapons. One Republican — Colorado’s attorney general — joined the lawsuit. By Martha Bellisle.


— OFFSHORE WIND: An offshore wind developer is mapping the seafloor off southern New England to design two new wind farms. Providence-based Deepwater Wind said Friday it’s deploying a survey vessel and two dozen experts next week from Rhode Island to begin surveying its federal lease site. SENT: 140 words.

— CLEAN ENERGY: A report released by Gov. Gina Raimondo shows jobs linked to clean energy in Rhode Island are up 72 percent since 2014. The 2018 Rhode Island Clean Energy Industry report says there have been 6,650 new clean energy jobs created in the past four years, bringing the total in the clean energy sector to 15,800. SENT: 130 words.

— DRUNK DRIVING CHARGES: Police say a Rhode Island driver who struck and seriously injured a 7-year-old girl had a blood alcohol level nearly five times the legal limit. SENT: 130 words.

— GRANT LAWSUIT: A worker for the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families says his bosses misused part of a $2 million federal grant and retaliated against him for speaking out against it. SENT: 130 words.

— NURSES STRIKE: Rhode Island Hospital says it’s committed to offering competitive wages and benefits and it won’t be swayed by the threat of another strike. SENT: 130 words.

— HYBRID CARS: State records show that nearly 40 percent of Rhode Island’s “green” fleet of hybrid and electric vehicles are rarely used. SENT: 130 words.

— MOTORCYCLE DEATH: A 29-year-old man has been killed in a motorcycle crash in Pawtucket. Rhode Island Police say Carlos Carrasquillo Baez, of Woonsocket, was headed south on the Interstate 95 when he collided with another vehicle Thursday night. SENT: 110 words.

— BROWN-HATE SPEECH: Brown University is condemning hate speech after two people were seen making an anti-Semitic sign on the Ivy League campus. SENT: 130 words.

— UBER DIVER-ARREST: Police have arrested an Uber driver accused of sexually assaulting a student at Brown University. SENT: 110 words.

— MOBILE LIBRARY: A Rhode Island library is bringing books to children during the summer with a mobile library. SENT: 130 words.



The women’s basketball coach at Brown University has been charged with assaulting her husband. Sarah Behn was arraigned Monday on a charge of assault and battery on a family or household member, according to Wrentham District Court. SENT: 240 words.


What’s in a name? For fans of the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, it may be a hint of where the team might play in the future. Minor League Baseball has applied to trademark the name “WooSox,” a hint that Worcester may be getting serious consideration as the team’s next home. SENT: 150 words.


BOSTON — The New York Yankees play the second game of a four-game series against the AL East-leading Red Sox. Boston will send Rick Porcello (13-4) to the mound against Luis Severino (14-4). UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 7:10 p.m.


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