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

February 4, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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Thousands of cheering fans are expected to turn out as the New England Patriots are paraded through the streets of Boston to celebrate their sixth Super Bowl win. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated from parade starting at 11 a.m., photos, video.



America’s major professional sports leagues are split on how to get a piece of the action from legal sports betting after failing to get early adopting states to cut them in. But they are back in the game this year as a number of states are considering granting them fees from sports bets. SENT: 1,350 words, photos.


U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico says she doesn’t mind not getting as much attention as other freshmen in Congress because she has other goals. Since winning a closely watched election, Torres Small has been overshadowed in media by the likes of U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley of Boston. SENT: 550 words, photo.


In his push for a border wall President Donald Trump often cites the threat of terrorists entering the United States from Mexico, but the only time people with apparent terrorist intent have been caught crossing a U.S. land border they came from Canada. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 860 words.


_ DISCRIMINATION COMPLAINT: The Rhode Island Airport Corp. has paid a more than $190,000 severance agreement to end a discrimination complaint filed by a former employee, according to a published report. SENT.

_ LAWMAKER OFFICES: Rhode Island lawmakers say they are being denied office space in the State House as part of a dispute between them and the House speaker. SENT.

_ STATE OF THE UNION-CICILLINE: U.S. Rep. David Cicilline has invited an air traffic controller who worked without pay during the partial government shutdown to the State of the Union address. SENT.

_ SUPER BOWL ARRESTS-RHODE ISLAND: Police say three people were arrested during rowdy Super Bowl celebrations at the University of Rhode Island. SENT.

_ STATE OF THE UNION-WARREN: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren has invited a federal worker furloughed during the recent partial federal government shutdown to be her guest at President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address. SENT.

_ IMPEACHMENT ADS-NEAL: Billionaire investor and Democratic activist Tom Steyer has purchased television ads pressuring Democrat House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal to push for the impeachment of President Donald Trump. SENT.

_ FBI BOSTON-LEADER: The Boston office of the FBI has a new leader. FBI Director Christopher Wray on Monday named Joseph Bonavolonta special agent in charge of the office, which oversees Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire. SENT.

_ STATE POLICE-BODY CAMERAS: The head of Massachusetts State Police says about 100 troopers will test body cameras over the next six months. SENT.

_ RED SOX TRUCK: On the same day the New England Patriots returned home from their sixth Super Bowl victory, the Boston Red Sox equipment truck departed for Florida for spring training. SENT.

_ SUPER BOWL-ARREST: Boston police say they arrested one person during postgame celebrations after the New England Patriots 13-3 Super Bowl victory over the Los Angeles Rams — a man from Los Angeles. SENT.

_ CONGRESSMAN-CORPORATE DONATIONS: U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern announced in a town hall held in Massachusetts that he will no longer accept corporate donations. SENT.

_ BROTHER DEATH-DUI: Police say a Massachusetts man was drunk and speeding when he crashed his car over the weekend, killing his brother. SENT.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-ARREST: Police have arrested a man in connection with a fatal weekend shooting in Boston. SENT.



Tom Brady’s performance was below his high standards, but he’ll gladly trade stats for championships. Brady did just enough to lead the New England Patriots to a 13-3 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He is the first player in NFL history to win six Super Bowl titles. By Paul Newberry. SENT: 550 words, photos.


Julian Edelman is certainly a compelling story, a diminutive guy picked in the final round of the draft who has become one of the NFL’s top receivers and, now, a Super Bowl MVP. But let’s not forget one other fairly important thing: He cheated. By Sports Columnist Paul Newberry. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m. EST.


In a Super Bowl short on scoring, it was the New England Patriots’ defense that set the tone. For most of the season the Patriots have stuck to their principles on defense, making just enough plays to win. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 860 words, photos.


Rob Gronkowski rumbled down the field, got past two defenders and hauled in the football to set up New England’s go-ahead touchdown. If this was the farewell performance for the Patriots tight end, he went out in playmaking style. Was it his biggest catch ever? SENT: 630 words, photo.


There’s something surgical about the Patriots’ dynasty that has made the rest of the NFL reel for nearly two decades. They are 6-3 in Super Bowls in Bill Belichick’s reign and with Tom Brady doing the clutch work. Yet the overall points for those games, dating back to 2002, stand at 215 for New England, 201 for the opposition. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.


Julian Edelman and the New England Patriots are looking forward to a parade back home, but only after relishing their 13-3 Super Bowl 53 win over the Rams with one final news conference in Atlanta on Monday. By Charles Odum. SENT: 580 words, photos.


The Kansas City Chiefs have instituted a lifetime ban against a fan accused of flashing a laser at New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady during last month’s AFC championship game. SENT: 130 words.


The Los Angeles Rams’ historically bad offensive performance in the Super Bowl casts a strange light on their offseason decisions. With big calls coming up on soon-to-be free agents and roster vacancies, they must determine whether a loss that shook coach Sean McVay’s foundation was an aberration or a sign of fundamental flaws. By Greg Beacham. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 2 p.m.


Hours after his team won the Super Bowl, New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores is expected to fly to Miami to finalize a deal to become the Dolphins’ head coach. By Steven Wine. SENT: 600 words, photos.


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