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

December 20, 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 Providence bureau at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org.

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. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

STRIP CLUB-CHRISTMAS

The owners of one of New England’s most storied strip clubs are fighting a forced closure that left hundreds of people out of work just before Christmas. The Foxy Lady was ordered closed by the city of Providence Wednesday. A city board voted to revoke its licenses after police charged three dancers with prostitution last week. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words. AP Photos pursuing.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING

Massachusetts gambling regulators on Thursday review the first quarter of operations at MGM’s resort near the Connecticut state line and also discuss the potential for another casino near Rhode Island. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

IN BRIEF:

_ SUNKEN SUBMARINES: New imaging technology is providing a new look at sunken submarines in Narragansett Bay and Rhode Island Sound _ helping to make the case for preservation of the wreckage sites.

_ STUDENT-ASSAULT RIFLE: Providence police say they have seized a semiautomatic rifle from the home of a high school student who made an online threat.

_ RHODE ISLAND-POPULATION GROWTH: The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show Rhode Island’s population is slowly growing.

_ SKYSCRAPER PROJECT: A Rhode Island commission has approved a $3.1 million sale of property in Providence to a developer who wants to build a 46-story luxury apartment tower there.

_ WORKER KILLED: Police say a Rhode Island town employee has been killed while on the job. Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey says officers responded to the Westerly Town Highway Garage on Wednesday afternoon.

_ FATAL SHOOTING: A Massachusetts man accused of shooting his estranged wife to death outside her parents’ home in Everett has been ordered held without bail on a murder charge as new details of the killing emerged.

_ OPIOID DEATH-DOCTOR CHARGED: A Massachusetts doctor charged in the death of a woman who overdosed on opioids he prescribed has pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter.

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED: Police have identified a 20-year-old woman who was struck and killed by a sport-utility vehicle on a highway in northern Massachusetts.

_ ELEVATOR SHAFT DEATH: Officials have identified the construction worker who died after falling down an elevator shaft in Haverhill, Massachusetts, as 41-year-old Carlos Ortiz.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS-GORDON

Patriots receiver Josh Gordon says he is stepping away from football in order to focus on his mental health. In a statement posted on Twitter on Thursday morning, Gordon said his decision was spurred by him feeling recently that he could have a better grasp on things mentally. He thanked the Patriots for their support and vowed to work his way back. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 520 words, photo.

DUCKS-BRUINS

The Anaheim Ducks visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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