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

January 16, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



When her paychecks dried up because of the partial government shutdown, Cheryl Inzunza Blum sought out a side job that has become a popular option in the current economy: She rented out a room on Airbnb. Other government workers are driving for Uber, relying on word-of-mouth and social networks to find handyman work and looking for traditional temp gigs to help pay the bills during the longest shutdown in U.S. history. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.


Supporters of Eduardo Samaniego are planning rallies in Massachusetts ahead of a court hearing in Georgia, where the prominent local immigration activist has been detained since October and faces deportation to his native Mexico. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 530 words.


State lawmakers and activists on both sides of the abortion debate are emboldened by recent political developments and plan to push aggressively this year for bills high on their wish lists. Opponents are seeing a surge of optimism that sweeping abortion bans might have a chance of prevailing in the reconfigured U.S. Supreme Court that includes two appointees by President Donald Trump. Supporters of abortion rights are being buoyed by results of the midterm elections in several states. By David Crary. SENT: 1,200 words, photos.


_ WOMAN KILLED: A Rhode Island man charged with killing his estranged girlfriend has been held without bail. Luis Matta was held Wednesday after appearing in court on charges of murder and violating a protective order. SENT.

_ AIRPORT BOND RATING: The bond rating for the Rhode Island Airport Corp., the agency that runs T.F. Green Airport, has been raised from BBB+ to A. SENT.

_ EX-OFFICER-CAR BREAKS: A former Cranston police officer has pleaded no contest to charges he broke into cars parked outside a church to steal cash. SENT.

_ STEPFATHER KILLED: A Massachusetts man charged with killing his 88-year-old stepfather in 2012, but who has never stood trial because he was ruled mentally incompetent, may soon face a jury. SENT.

_ FATAL BOATING CRASH: A Massachusetts man whose boat crashed into a swimmer in Maine last summer, killing her, is facing a manslaughter charge. SENT.

_ PARTY BUS COMPANY-DRUGS: Police say they arrested three people and seized cocaine and fentanyl during a raid on a Massachusetts party bus rental company. SENT.

_ WIFE STABBED-SENTENCE: A Massachusetts man who repeatedly stabbed his wife and intentionally crashed his car into a tree last year will spend up to 10 years in prison under terms of a plea agreement. SENT.

_ FIRE CHIEF-CAR CHASE: Police have arrested a Massachusetts district fire chief who they say led troopers on a chase while driving under the influence. SENT.

_ FISHERMEN’S FORUM: New England’s largest trade show for fishermen is slated to take place at the end of February and the beginning of March. SENT.



The Boston Bruins visit the Philadelphia Flyers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.


The Toronto Raptors visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


Patrick Mahomes picked apart the Patriots’ defense in the second half of their regular-season meeting, nearly leading the Chiefs to a comeback win. New England is hoping its effort disrupting Philip Rivers and the Chargers in the divisional round will carry over against Kansas City. Mahomes will be the sixth AP All-Pro quarterback to face New England during the Belichick-Brady era. The Patriots are 4-1 against the previous five with seven interceptions, while allowing just six touchdowns. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.


One is the sixth-round pick that became arguably the greatest quarterback in NFL history. The other is the first-round choice in his first full season as starter. Yet there are similarities between the Patriots’ Tom Brady and the Chiefs’ Patrick Mahomes, and some day their resumes may be similar, too. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


The Boston Red Sox are keeping their popular minor league affiliate in Maine’s largest city through at least 2022. The Double-A Portland Sea Dogs announced the extension of their player development contract with the Red Sox on Tuesday. SENT: 130 words.


St. Bonaventure at Rhode Island, 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


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