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

September 13, 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.

Collin Binkley 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. 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo of Rhode Island, who made a case for a second term by highlighting the state’s improving economic fortunes, has survived a grassroots challenge from the left to win her party’s nomination for re-election. She will now face Republican Allan Fung, mayor of the state’s second largest city, who came in 4.5 points behind Raimondo in a three-way race in 2014. SENT: 600 words.


A sitting female lawmaker known for championing liberal causes has won in the Democratic primary in Rhode Island over a Donald Trump-voting male candidate. State Rep. Moira Walsh won Wednesday in Providence’s District 3 against Michael Earnheart, who was a registered Republican and voted for Trump. The Rhode Island Democratic Party unleashed a dayslong furor by endorsing Earnheart, then backtracked and withdrew the endorsement. Democratic House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello backed Earnheart. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 330 words.


An 84-year-old former New England Mafia boss convicted of killing a nightclub owner more than two decades ago faces up to life imprisonment at his sentencing. “Cadillac Frank” Salemme learns his fate Thursday in federal court. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated after sentencing scheduled for 2 p.m., photos planned.


MGM updates Massachusetts gambling regulators following the opening of its nearly $1 billion Springfield casino last month. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: About 500 words by 2 p.m.


— HEALTH INFORMATION BREACH: Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island says a vendor error lead to a breach of health care information that affected more than 1,500 people. SENT.

— SHORT-TERM HOUSING: Short-term housing rental service Airbnb says it has collected $4.6 million in lodging taxes in Rhode Island since the tax law was changed in 2015. SENT.

— WEDDING OFFICIAL-CREDIT CARD FRAUD: A non-denominational minister from Rhode Island who has won several awards as a wedding officiant has been charged with using a credit card reported stolen by a guest at a wedding he officiated. SENT.

— ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND PRIMARY-PROVIDENCE MAYOR: Incumbent Jorge Elorza has won the Democratic nomination for mayor of Providence. SENT.

— PAWSOX STADIUM: The Pawtucket Red Sox proposed move to Worcester, Massachusetts, has taken a significant step forward with approval from the city council. SENT.

— PIE FUNDRAISER: Rhode Island high school is asking community members to donate pies for an annual fundraiser. SENT



The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays, with Eduardo Rodriguez facing Sam Gaviglio. Upcoming: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Celtics big man Gordon Hayward speaks to the media as he works his way back from a broken leg. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


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