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

May 3, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island.

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PROVIDENCE _ A Rhode Island lawmaker is asking towns to declare themselves “Second Amendment sanctuaries” to oppose the governor’s push for stricter gun control laws. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: About 250 words.


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Friday the country should be making more investments in child care and early education. The California Democrat said better access to affordable, quality early education and child care not only helps children and families, but is a long-term boost to the economy. Pelosi spoke after touring the Eliot-Pearson Children’s School at Tufts University in Medford to learn about the school’s approach to early childhood education research. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 350 words. AP Photos.


_ XGR-JUDICIAL NOMINEES _ Some Rhode Island Democrats are supporting legislation to keep background records confidential for judicial nominees with lifetime appointments.

_ EMBEZZLEMENT SENTENCING _ A former attorney has been sentenced to eight years in prison for embezzling $1.3 million from his clients.

_ WORKER DIES _ A construction worker has died after a fall from scaffolding at a home in Providence.

_ WWII AIRMAN-FUNERAL _ The grandchildren and great-grandchildren of Army Air Forces 1st Lt. John Crouchley Jr., were among those on hand as the remains of the heroic World War II airman came home to Rhode Island.

_ DRILLING BAN _ All 10 U.S. senators in coastal New England are reintroducing a proposal to bar oil and gas drilling from the region’s shores.

_ POLICE-BODY CAMERAS-BOSTON _ Boston Mayor Marty Walsh says the city has begun issuing body cameras to police officers.

_ AIRPORT ARREST _ A man is in custody after a security breach at Worcester Regional Airport in Massachusetts.

_ MENINGITIS OUTBREAK _ Two pharmacists have been convicted of approving shipments of falsified prescriptions while working at a now-defunct Massachusetts pharmacy blamed for a deadly fungal meningitis outbreak.

_ SHARK FISHING _ The rules for recreational shark fishermen are going to get more difficult to try to protect a vulnerable species of shark.



BOSTON _ The Celtics look to keep home-court advantage when they host the Bucks in Game 3 of their Eastern Conference second-round series. Milwaukee will be hoping to replicate its Game 2 performance in which it outscored Boston 39-18 in the third quarter of a 123-102 victory to tie the series at a game apiece. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Tipoff at 8 p.m. EDT.


CHICAGO _ Chris Sale, eyeing his first win of the season, meets his former team as the Boston Red Sox continue a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. The seven-time All-Star is 0-5 with a 6.30 ERA in six starts. Reynaldo Lopez, who struck out a career-high 14 against Detroit on Sunday, pitches for Chicago. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET.


DOVER, Del. _ NASCAR is making its first big play in the world of expanded legal sports betting, hoping a sports data partnership will lead to gamblers being able to bet during races on much more than just who gets the checkered flag. Genius Sports has become the exclusive provider of NASCAR data to licensed sportsbooks, officials announced Friday. By Dan Gelston. SENT: 780 words, photos.


Meghan Duggan need only look around sports to get excited about what an NHL-run women’s hockey league might look like. The NBA did it with the WNBA. Soccer leagues in Europe and the U.S. have done it. And that was enough for the 2018 U.S. Olympic gold-medal winning captain and more than 200 fellow players to take a leap of faith by pledging not to play in North America this year to try to get to the point where there’s a single, economically viable professional league. By STEPHEN WHYNO and JOHN WAWROW. SENT: 930 words, photos.


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