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

February 8, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

BEACON HILL

Meet the new millionaire tax: It’s the same as the old millionaire tax that was rejected on constitutional grounds by the Supreme Judicial Court _ keeping it off the 2018 ballot _ with one key difference. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

EARNS-TOY WRAP

Quarterly reports from Mattel and Hasbro show that while the demise of Toys R Us has shaken up the industry, the two dominant toymakers’ paths are diverging less than a year later. Late Thursday, Mattel posted better-than-expected earnings per share and revenue for the key holiday quarter, sending its shares up sharply. The maker of Barbies and Hot Wheels named a new CEO last April and has launched a restructuring that is starting to take hold, analysts said. While Hasbro Inc. also returned to a profit in the fourth quarter, the Pawtucket, Rhode Island-based maker of Nerf and Power Rangers again missed Wall Street expectations for both sales and net income. SENT: 480 words, photos. Incorporates BC-US-Earns-Hasbro.

BOSTON MARATHON SURVIVOR

First, she lost a leg in the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing. Then, last month, she got hit by a car. Yet Adrianne Haslet hasn’t lost her nerve — or her resolve. The professional dancer told “CBS This Morning” on Friday she won’t be able to run this year’s race because she has too little mobility in her injured left arm. But she’ll be back. SENT: 350 words, photos.

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. SENT: 810 words, photos.

MISSING STUDENT

It’s been 15 years since Maura Murray packed her car, lied to professors about a death in the family and left Massachusetts. The 21-year-old nursing student was last seen on a rural road in northern Hew Hampshire after she crashed her car. Then she vanished, leaving a tormented family, vexed investigators and a case rife with rumor and innuendo. SENT: 500 words, photo.

ILLEGAL GUN PURCHASES

Two men have been indicted on federal charges that they brought crack cocaine to Vermont in exchange for firearms intended for use in a “war” in Boston that one of the men vowed to win, according to court documents. Federal court documents say John Guerrero and Darwin Medina, of South Boston, were indicted Thursday in U.S. District Court in Burlington. SENT: 320 words.

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. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from presentation that starts at 8 p.m., photos.

GOLD HEIST

Federal prosecutors have formally charged a fugitive in the 2015 highway robbery of 10 gold bars worth almost $5 million. U.S. Attorney’s Office in Miami announced Thursday that Pedro Santamaria has been indicted on robbery and gun charges. The FBI is offering up to $10,000 for information leading to his arrest and conviction. Santamaria, Adalberto Perez and Roberto Cabrera caused noxious fumes to fill the cabin of the TransValue Inc. truck that was transporting gold bars from Miami to Boston, prosecutors said. SENT: 500 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HELLS ANGELS MEMBER DETAINED: A man described by federal authorities as a full member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has been detained in Rhode Island on drug and gun charges. SENT.

_ OFFSHORE WIND: Utility National Grid has agreed to a 20-year contract for power from a proposed 400-megawatt wind farm project in Rhode Island Sound. SENT.

_ STRIPPERS-STOLEN POLICE GUN: Two Rhode Island strippers have been charged with stealing a Boston police officer’s handgun, prompting the department to place the officer on leave and open an internal investigation. SENT.

_ BROWN-MUSEUM GRANT: Brown University has received a $5 million grant that will allow the Ivy League school to fully catalog the collection at its anthropology museum in anticipation of a move closer to campus. SENT.

_ MEDICAL TRANSPORT: Rhode Island’s Executive Office of Health and Human Services has received more than 400 complaints against the state’s new medical transport vendor in the first month of its contract. SENT.

_ MINIMUM WAGE INCREASE PROPOSAL: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s bid to raise the state’s minimum wage is facing pushback from a state business group. SENT.

_ MARIJUANA DISPENSARY CLOSED: State regulators have ordered a medical marijuana dispensary in Acton to close its doors temporarily. SENT.

_ MOSQUE BREAK-IN ATTEMPT: A Massachusetts man who tried to break into a mosque nearly two years ago because he did not like Islam has been sentenced to time served. SENT.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-SPRINGFIELD: Police say a man killed in Springfield this week was shot in the doorway of a home with a “significant” marijuana growing operation inside. SENT.

_ TRIBE CHAIRMAN: A Massachusetts tribe has restored its chairman’s financial powers and rescinded a “no-confidence” vote. SENT.

_ CABBIE FOILS SCAM: A Massachusetts cab driver is being praised by police for helping an 87-year-old woman from being taken by a classic scam. SENT.

_ COLLEGE FIRES: A Massachusetts college student has been charged with setting a series of fires in her dormitory over the past several months. SENT.

_ PLUSH GOAT-PATRIOTS PARADE: A New Hampshire couple is on a mission to find a stuffed toy goat they named Brady that got away from them during the New England Patriots Super Bowl parade in Boston. SENT.

SPORTS:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Penn at Brown, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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