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

November 27, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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A top Democrat says he will introduce a bill to allow mobile wagering for sports betting in Rhode Island. A casino in Rhode Island became the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports Monday. Bets must be placed in person. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


Numerous U.S. states are considering jumping on the legal sports betting bandwagon, even as they struggle with the details of regulating it. How much to tax it, and how to regulate mobile betting on phones are emerging as thorny issues for states. So far, seven states offer legal sports betting: Nevada, New Jersey, Delaware, West Virginia, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. And although New Mexico has not passed a sports betting law, the Santa Ana Star Casino & Hotel started taking sports bets last month through a tribal gambling compact. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 580 words, photos.


— FREE TUITION: A Rhode Island college says there has been a 47 percent increase in enrollment in its second year of a free college tuition program. SENT.

— STATE GOVERNMENT OVERSPENDING: Rhode Island officials are considering cuts at state agencies to reduce overspending. SENT.

— OPIOIDS-RHODE ISLAND: Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says Rhode Island is making progress against opioid addiction with its prison programming. SENT.

— RIGHT WHALE ZONE: The federal government is extending a protective zone off Massachusetts to try to keep a large group of endangered whales safe from collisions with boats. SENT.

— ACLU-POLICE LAWSUIT: The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is suing the Pawtucket Police Department, arguing they are illegally denying requests for reports on police misconduct. SENT.



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