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

February 7, 2019

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 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.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

ELECTION 2020-WARREN -MILL TOWN

Democratic U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s “big announcement” about her 2020 plans will be made in a blue-collar, heavily immigrant former mill town that reflects the economic themes she’s been hitting. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 800 words by 6 a.m., photos.

PEOPLE-HASTY PUDDING-VENTIMIGLIA

“This Is Us” actor Milo Ventimiglia is being honored as Man of the Year by Harvard University’s Hasty Pudding Theatricals. UPCOMING: 130 words by 6 a.m.; will be updated from presentation that starts at 8 p.m., photos.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

SPORTS BETTING-RHODE ISLAND

A bill to allow mobile wagering for sports betting in Rhode Island cleared its first legislative hurdle and is headed for a floor vote. A state Senate committee unanimously approved it Wednesday night. A vote on the Senate floor could happen as soon as Tuesday, Senate spokesman Greg Pare said Thursday. SENT: 330 words.

RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION

Interstate fishing managers are starting the process of trying to reduce the amount of lobster fishing gear off the East Coast in an attempt to save a declining species of rare whale. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission announced on Wednesday that it will consider options designed to reduce vertical lobster fishing lines in the water by as much as 40 percent. The lines pose a threat to the North Atlantic right whale. SENT: 360 words, photos.

CONGRESS-GREEN NEW DEAL

Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York are calling for a Green New Deal intended to transform the U.S. economy to combat climate change and create thousands of jobs in renewable energy. The freshman lawmaker and veteran Sen. Ed Markey of Massachusetts are teaming up on the plan, which aims to eliminate the U.S. carbon footprint by 2030. SENT: 510 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ TEACHER ASSAULT: A man charged with assaulting a teacher who tried to block him from forcing his way into a Rhode Island high school’s gymnasium has pleaded no contest. SENT.

_ CONTAINER TAX: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is seeking to double the state’s tax on bottles and cans. SENT.

_ OPIOID EPIDEMIC-ART: An artist has moved his giant sculpture of a burnt spoon to a Rhode Island drugmaker’s office to protest the opioid crisis. SENT.

_ HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has announced a new partnership with a nonprofit to help revamp the state’s high school curriculum. SENT.

_ HOUSE SPEAKER-LEGISLATIVE JOBS: A review by The Public’s Radio has found that the number of legislative workers from the House speaker’s district has increased in recent years. SENT.

_ HISTORIC HOUSE-MARIJUANA: Authorities in Rhode Island say a building built before the United States declared independence was bought with cash and gutted to illegally grow marijuana. SENT.

_ WIFE’S DEATH-HOSPITAL: A man whose wife died days after collapsing outside a locked hospital emergency room hopes Massachusetts lawmakers will act to prevent such tragedies in the future. SENT.

_ FAKE SCHOOL THREAT: Federal prosecutors have charged a Brazilian man living in the U.S. illegally with sending a letter to immigration authorities warning of an armed attack on a Boston school. SENT.

_ LATE NIGHT KILLING: Authorities are investigating a late night fatal shooting in Lynn. Police responded to reports of a shooting on Elm Street at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday. SENT.

_ LANDSCAPING TOOL THEFT: A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to charges he broke into a landscaping trailer and stole thousands of dollars’ worth of landscaping tools. SENT.

_ MARIJUANA DEAL SHOOTING: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for shooting another man during a drug deal. SENT.

_ HERRING FISHING: Interstate fishing managers are proposing options to try to better protect the Gulf of Maine’s population of herring, which is a valuable fish that has declined in recent years. SENT.

SPORTS:

LAKERS-CELTICS

Two of the teams with an interest in adding Anthony Davis meet when the Lakers visit the Celtics. Boston has won five straight. Since the return of LeBron James from a groin injury Los Angeles has lost two out of its last three, including a career-worst 42-point loss at Indiana. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words. Tip-off at 8 p.m.

RED SOX-SPRING PREVIEW

The goal is the same for the Boston Red Sox in 2019: finish the season flopping around on the pitcher’s mound, celebrating another World Series title. All that’s left is for them to figure out who’s at the bottom of the pile. The defending champions head to spring training without a closer after allowing Craig Kimbrel to test the free agent market. The right-hander who saved 48 games in the 2018 regular season and postseason declined a $17.9 million qualifying offer and is still unsigned, but the Boston brass says the budget won’t allow them to spend big money on a closer, even one who is a seven-time All-Star. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 600 words.

BRADY-CHARITY SHAVE

After a close shave at the Super Bowl, New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady got another close shave, this time for charity. The six-time Super Bowl champion got his playoff stubble shaved off Thursday at Gillette headquarters in Boston. SENT: 130 words, photos.

PEOPLE-GRONKOWSKI

Rob Gronkowski, the New England Patriots’ star tight end, says he got hit in the face by a can of beer thrown during Tuesday’s Super Bowl victory parade in Boston. SENT: 130 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Bryant at Robert Morris, 7 p.m.

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