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

September 26, 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 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES

ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR

GOP gubernatorial candidate Allan Fung on Wednesday said he would take a number of steps to help small businesses in Rhode Island if he is elected governor, including by eliminating the inheritance tax on smaller companies and reducing the interest rate on past-due taxes from 18 percent. Fung, the mayor of Cranston, said during a news conference at a barber shop in his city that the state has for too long treated small business “like an ATM machine.” By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 390 words.

IN BRIEF

— UBER DATA BREACH SETTLEMENT-RHODE ISLAND: Ride-hailing company Uber will pay $800,000 to Rhode Island after the company failed for a year to notify drivers that hackers had stolen their personal information. SENT.

— ELECTION 2018-DON’T DONATE CANDIDATE: A Rhode Island political candidate is making an unusual appeal to supporters. He’s asking them not to volunteer for his campaign, or to give it any money. SENT.

— BUS DRIVER STRIKE: The union representing bus drivers for Providence public schools is meeting with the bus company one more time before a planned strike. SENT.

— FOOTBALL GAME-SHOT FIRED: Police officers are expected to be present at a youth football game in Rhode Island this weekend after a game last Sunday was called off because of gunfire. SENT.

— PAWSOX STADIUM: The Worcester City Council has approved a loan authorization of more than $100 million for the construction of a 10,000-seat ballpark for the Triple-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox.

— PEDESTRIAN STRUCK: Police in Rhode Island say a man pushing two young children in a stroller was hit crossing the street. SENT.

— ZOO DIRECTOR CHARGED: Prosecutors have agreed to dismiss charges against the former director of a Massachusetts zoo as part of a pre-trial probation agreement. SENT.

— HERRING FISHING: Environmental groups are cheering a decision to restrict herring fishing off the East Coast, but the New England lobster industry is concerned about the possibility of a bait crunch. SENT.

SPORTS

ORIOLES-RED SOX

After a rainout Tuesday, the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles play a doubleheader at Fenway Park on Wednesday. First game starts at 1 p.m., second game starts at 7 p.m.

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