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

November 28, 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 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

EARLY VOTING

Rhode Island’s secretary of state says the demand for mail ballots in the recent election shows the need to allow for early voting. Democrat Nellie Gorbea said Wednesday that about 17,000 traditional mail ballots were returned for the Nov. 6 general election, up from about 11,500 in 2014. SENT: 420 words.

DEMOCRATS-KENNEDY

Democratic U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy is calling for a new “moral capitalism” targeting what he calls the “trickle-down” narrative of conservatives. UPCOMING: 500 words.

SPORTS BETTING

Day 2 of a major sports betting conference in New York bringing together gambling companies, professional sports leagues, regulators and others to discuss issues involved in the rapidly growing field. By Wayne Parry. UPCOMING: Story on merits based on developments at conference.

IN BRIEF:

— REED-YEMEN: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says he will back a new Senate resolution revoking U.S. support for the Saudi-led war in Yemen. SENT.

— SINGER-CHILD MOLESTATION: A professional singer from Rhode Island who performs renditions of Michael Buble, Frank Sinatra and Elton John songs at parties, weddings and other events has been charged with child molestation. SENT.

— WIND FARM PROPOSAL: Rhode Island regulators are giving an energy company more time to reach an agreement with fishermen over a proposed 800-megawatt wind farm off Rhode Island and Massachusetts. SENT.

— RESTAURANT-POLITICAL SHIRTS: A Mexican restaurant in Rhode Island is getting backlash for its sale of T-shirts that it says advocated impeaching President Donald Trump. SENT.

— SKATE FISHING: The federal government’s considering allowing northeastern U.S. fishermen to harvest more skates, which are used for food and bait. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS-THIRD DOWN FOCUS

New England Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels is expecting the Vikings defense to give them their biggest challenge of the season. One of the main reasons is Minnesota’s stinginess on third down, where it is allowing opposing offensives to convert a league-low 28 percent of the time. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Yale at Bryant, 7 p.m.

Rhode Island at Brown, 7 p.m.

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