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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI

July 9, 2018

Good evening. 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.

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A filmmaker who shares the stories of World War II veterans is opening an education center in Rhode Island so students can learn about the war and meet the men who fought in it. Tim Gray, founder of the nonprofit World War II Foundation, has made 21 documentary films and amassed a large collection of artifacts. He leased space in Wakefield and plans to open in September. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 350 words with photos.


A candidate for governor in Rhode Island had to be rescued by the Coast Guard after his yacht hit a rock while he was blasting music at beachgoers to draw attention to his campaign. Former Republican lawmaker Joe Trillo, who’s running as an independent, thanked first responders Monday for rescuing him and three others on Sunday near Charlestown. He said they hit an uncharted rock. It was at least the second time this month he took his 65-foot (19-meter) yacht out to campaign. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 310 words.


Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is leading a coalition of Democratic state attorneys general seeking information about “no-poach” agreements meant to block employees from leaving one fast food franchise to work for another franchise in the same chain. Healey says the agreements limit the ability of low-wage workers to seek promotions and earn a better living. The attorneys general say 80 percent of fast food franchisors have no-poach agreements. SENT: 135 words.


— SUPERFUND CLEANUP: Rhode Island environmental officials say a $100 million settlement will speed the superfund cleanup of a North Providence and Johnston site. SENT: 130 words.

— AIR QUALITY ALERT: Rhode Island environmental officials are warning residents of potentially unhealthy air quality as temperatures stay high. SENT: 110 words.

— OPIOID PRESCRIBING-REGULATIONS UPDATED: Rhode Island’s pain management regulations have been updated in an effort to ensure safer opioid prescribing. SENT: 135 words.

— ATV FATAL: The Kennebec County Sheriff’s Department says a Rhode Island man has died from injuries suffered in a crash on the Fourth of July in Maine. SENT: 88 words.

— GAS PRICES: The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island is down this week. SENT: 110 words.

— CAMPAIGN CONTRIBUTIONS: A Rhode Island lawmaker who recently announced he wouldn’t seek reelection has disclosed over $11,000 in unreported campaign contributions. SENT: 135 words.

— RHODE ISLAND ELECTIONS-WOMEN: Women in Rhode Island spurred by the election of President Donald Trump and the #MeToo movement are running for office in record numbers. SENT: 135 words.

— RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR-TRILLO: The U.S. Coast Guard says Rhode Island gubernatorial candidate Joe Trillo’s yacht struck a rock and started taking on water while he was campaigning. SENT: 130 words.

— TEEN DROWNING: A 16-year-old Rhode Island boy has apparently drowned while on a family outing at a Massachusetts pond. SENT: 130 words.



The Red Sox return to Boston to take on the Texas Rangers after going 7-2 on their recent road trip against the New York Yankees, Washington Nationals and Kansas City Royals. Eduardo Rodriguez (10-3, 3.84 ERA) starts the opener for Boston, and Mike Minor (6-4, 4.63) goes for Texas. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


Mike Trout, Aaron Judge and Mookie Betts form a dream outfield for the American League. Bryce Harper and Max Scherzer make up a not-so-gracious welcome committee for the NL. Power in the center of power. A capital-sized All-Star Game. Baseball unveiled the rosters for its midsummer showcase Sunday night, featuring an imposing AL lineup and Harper starting at his home ballpark in Washington. SENT: 1,000 words.


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