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

September 17, 2018

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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org.

Bob Salsberg is on the desk and reachable at dcollins@ap.org. 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

NIKE PURCHASES-RHODE ISLAND

PROVIDENCE — A Rhode Island town is considering asking its departments to refrain from purchasing Nike products, and the American Civil Liberties Union is objecting. It’s questionable whether a boycott is legal. The mayor of a New Orleans suburb recently rescinded a similar directive based on the city attorney’s advice. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.

KENNEDY SNAPSHOTS

BOSTON — It’s an expansive and quintessentially Kennedy photo album. Here’s a young, shirtless JFK, baring sixpack abs and smirking poolside while striking an un-presidential pose. There’s Rose Fitzgerald not-yet-Kennedy in her Sunday best, long before she’d become the family matriarch and trade girlhood grins for imperious stares. Here’s Kathleen Kennedy, awkwardly twisting upside down in a skirt to kiss Ireland’s Blarney Stone. There’s little Teddy Kennedy on the playground, sporting skinned knees. The John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum has completed an 18-month project to catalog and digitize more than 1,700 vintage family snapshots, and they’re now all viewable online — a photographic fix that’s sure to feed the nation’s continuing obsession with “Camelot.” By William J. Kole. SENT: 550 words, photos.

OPIOID EPIDEMIC-TEST STRIPS

NEW YORK — The newest tool in the fight against opioid overdoses is an inexpensive test strip that can help heroin users detect a potentially deadly contaminant in their drugs. Sales of fentanyl test strips have exploded as a growing number of overdose-prevention programs hand them out to people who use illicit drugs. SENT: 1,500 words.

IN BRIEF:

— DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CHARGES — Police in Rhode Island say a Burrillville man beat and choked a woman who had a no-contact order against him.

— ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND PRIMARY-LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR — Rhode Island’s current lieutenant governor has held on to his party’s nomination despite an insurgent progressive challenge and losing two big cities.

— SHOTS FIRED — Police in Rhode Island are investigating a report of shots fired in Providence.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS-JAGUARS FOLO

Tom Brady trudged off the field with his helmet in one hand, grass stains on his jersey and a look of frustration on his face. This was a different feeling for the New England Patriots quarterback — at least against Jacksonville. Brady lost for the first time in nine starts against the Jaguars, a 31-20 setback Sunday in which Blake Bortles outshined the three-time league MVP and five-time Super Bowl champion. SENT: 820 words.

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