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

November 26, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING

A casino in Rhode Island is becoming the first in New England to accept bets on professional sports. Sports betting begins at Twin River Casino’s Lincoln location Monday afternoon. Rhode Island is the first New England state to legalize sports betting since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a federal law this year that made most sports gambling illegal. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words following 3 p.m. event.

IN BRIEF:

— STATE EMPLOYEES: Rhode Island now has the most state employees it has had in a decade. SENT.

— CVS-AETNA COMBINATION: Shares of CVS Health and Aetna are rising with the companies now saying they expect to close their $69 billion tie-up later this week. SENT.

— GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island has dropped 4 cents in the past week. SENT.

— SISTER CITY-CRANSTON: A Rhode Island city welcomed the mayor of its Italian sister city over the weekend for a reception. SENT.

— AMTRAK TRAIN-DELAYED: Some people spent the end of their Thanksgiving holiday stuck on a Boston-bound Amtrak train for more than five hours. SENT.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-NEW ORLEANS

The Boston Celtics visit the New Orleans Pelicans. Game starts at 8 p.m.

BRUINS-MAPLE LEAFS

The Boston Bruins visit the Toronto Maple Leafs. Game starts at 7 p.m.

ON FOOTBALL-NOT QUITE THERE

When Patriots players looked around the locker room Sunday, they saw a generally healthy squad. That’s scary for the rest of the NFL. Or maybe not. Unless New England makes some key improvements over the next month — and can anyone doubt the Patriots will, given their track record? — a third straight trip to the Super Bowl will be problematic. In their 27-13 victory over the game-but-outmanned Jets, the Patriots (8-3) pretty much were workmanlike. Given the competition this season from the likes of the Chiefs, Steelers, Chargers and Texans, that might not be enough. SENT: 800 words, photos.

POSTSEASON SHARES

A postseason share on World Series champion Boston was worth $416,838, down from a record $438,902 for Houston in 2017. The commissioner’s office said Monday the Red Sox voted 66 full shares, 10.025 partial shares and eight cash awards. The Astros had 60 full shares, 9.23 partial shares and four cash awards. The players’ pool was a record $88.19 million, breaking the mark of $84.5 million set last year. SENT: 190 words.

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