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

September 20, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

Marijuana regulators in Massachusetts have issued nearly a dozen provisional retail licenses and are scheduled to consider four more applications on Thursday. But the question remains: When will the first recreational pot shops in the eastern U.S. finally be able to open for business? By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates on merits from meeting starting at 1 p.m.

HARVARD MEDALISTS

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight people being honored by Harvard University for their contributions to black history and culture. All eight recipients of the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal will be honored Oct. 11 by the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research at Harvard. SENT: 130 words, AP Photos. Update expected.

IN BRIEF:

— HISTORIC BOOK RETURNED: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A Colonial-era document that went missing three decades ago is back in possession of the Rhode Island state archives. The recovered document is what’s called a “minute book”, handwritten by a court clerk from 1746 through 1749. SENT: 130 words.

— CAR CRASH-APARTMENT: COVENTRY, R.I. — Police say a car crashing into a building caused heavy damage to an apartment in Coventry. Coventry police say the 58-year-old driver apparently suffered a medical problem in the Wednesday evening crash. Police said the car went several feet into bedroom, trapping the driver. SENT: 100 words.

— HIGH SCHOOL CONDITIONS: Parents say conditions at a Rhode Island high school that was rated one of the ten worst in the state last year haven’t improved. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-YANKEES

Boston plays New York at Yankee Stadium. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

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