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

June 14, 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. Jennifer McDermott 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

UPCOMING TODAY

TOP STORIES:

ROSA PARKS HOUSE

The house where Rosa Parks sought refuge in Detroit after fleeing the South will be offered for auction after being turned into a work of art. Guernsey’s auction house says the sale will be held mid-summer. They expect it to fetch seven figures. The house was most recently on display in Rhode Island and before that had been shown in Berlin, where it was brought after being saved from demolition. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 500 words, photos.

DRUG HOMICIDES

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s attorney general is sparring with medical professionals ahead of a vote on his proposal to punish drug dealers for fatal overdoses. The House is scheduled to vote Thursday on “Kristen’s Law,” and a committee has recommended passing it. The Senate passed it earlier this month. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 300 words, update expected after 4 p.m. vote.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island lawmakers are considering requiring medical marijuana dispensaries to pay 50 times more for their licenses, making the fee the highest in New England by far. The latest budget proposes increasing the annual fee from $5,000 to $250,000. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 350 words.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

State marijuana regulators said Thursday they are still reviewing applications for commercial pot businesses, casting further doubt that any pot shops will open on July 1 in Massachusetts, the date targeted under a law legalizing adult use of recreational marijuana. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. Upcoming about 350 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Republican candidate for governor of Rhode Island says he will send new rent payments to the owner of his campaign headquarters after it was discovered that old checks were never cashed. WPRI-TV reports that Allan Fung’s campaign reported being refunded $1,500 for rent during the 2016 campaign and $1,000 during the 2014 campaign. SENT: 130 words.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-RHODE ISLAND: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Labor officials say the number of jobs based in Rhode Island exceeds 500,000 for the first time in the state’s history. The state Department of Labor and Training said Thursday that the number of jobs based in the state totaled 500,300 in May, which is up by 1,200 jobs from the revised April estimate of 499,100. SENT: 130 words.

— SLANDER LAWSUIT: An old town council decision means taxpayers will end up footing the bill for a Rhode Island mayor who was ordered to pay $34,000 to a former town councilwoman. SENT: 130 words.

— CAR CRASH-HAIR SALON: A car has crashed into a hair salon in Rhode Island, leaving a gaping hole in the side of the building. SENT: 80 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-MARINERS

A huge weekend series between two of the best teams in the American League gets underway Thursday night as the Seattle Mariners host the Boston Red Sox. The opener features David Price for Boston, while Felix Hernandez gets the start for Seattle. UPCOMING: Game at 10 p.m. ET.

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