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

July 11, 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. Sarah Betancourt 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES

WOMEN SAILORS

For the Navy, locks are suddenly more than channels for raising and lowering ships. The Navy says it’ll let women recruits sport ponytails and other longer hairstyles — reversing a policy that long forbade females from letting their hair down. By Jennifer McDermott. UPCOMING: 400 words by 5 p.m., photos.

SILLY OLD LAWS

A state lawmaker intent on striking archaic laws from the books in Rhode Island has discovered that some of the other laws are still being used, including a dueling statute. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 530 words.

IN BRIEF:

— CASINO-DISCRIMINATION LAWSUIT: An employee of Rhode Island’s Newport Grand Casino has filed a filed a discrimination lawsuit against the facility alleging she has been paid significantly less than a younger male employee with the same job. SENT: 130 words.

— EMPLOYEE PRIVACY: Gov. Gina Raimondo has ordered the Rhode Island Department of Administration to protect the private contact information of state employees following a Supreme Court decision on union funding. SENT: 130 words.

— SCHOOL PRINCIPAL MEMORIAL: A Rhode Island community is still split on how to honor a popular principal who died suddenly in 2016. SENT: 130 words.

— CHAIRS BANNED: The manager of a Rhode Island park says a new ban on people bringing their own chairs to concerts is due to the possible security risk presented by chairs. SENT: 130 words.

— RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR-MORGAN: A former worker for the Rhode Island State House has accused Republican gubernatorial candidate Patricia Morgan of disability discrimination. SENT: 120 words.

— NURSE-OPIOID THEFT: A nurse who worked at the Providence VA Medical Center has been charged with stealing liquid opioids from the facility for his own personal use and replacing them with saline. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS

RANGERS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox host the Texas Rangers looking for their third consecutive series sweep. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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