AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI
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RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR
Independent Joe Trillo says he’s making a major announcement that will change this year’s governor’s race. The former state lawmaker was Trump’s state campaign chairman before he announced his campaign for governor. He could act as a spoiler in November. UPCOMING: 130 words following noon event, more on merits.
A Vermont man accused by relatives of killing his millionaire grandfather and his mother to collect inheritance money is scheduled to be back in an New Hampshire court.
Lawyers for a Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself will urge the state’s highest court Thursday to toss her involuntary manslaughter conviction. Michelle Carter was convicted last year in the death of 18-year-old Conrad Roy, who Carter had urged to “get back in” his truck as it was filling with carbon monoxide. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; 500 words by 4 p.m., photo planned.
BUS DRIVER STRIKE
A strike by Providence school bus drivers that’s affecting 9,000 students has continued for a fifth day, with no end in sight. Drivers picketed Wednesday near the yard where buses are kept by First Student, the private company overseeing the city’s school bus operations. The drivers’ union, Teamsters Local 251, said no meetings are currently scheduled between the sides to resolve their dispute over retirement benefits. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Update expected.
BALLOT QUESTION-NURSE STAFFING
An independent state agency that monitors hospital spending says a November ballot question that would mandate strict nurse staffing levels could add nearly $1 billion in new health care costs. The analysis by the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission, released Wednesday, said passage of Question 1 would require as many as 3,000 additional nurses to be hired by hospitals around the state. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 600 words, photos.
American fishermen are losing thousands of pounds of valuable fishing quota under a new catch share agreement with Canada. Fishermen from the U.S. and Canada seek haddock, cod and flounder on Georges Bank, which is a critical fishing ground east of New England. SENT: 380 words.
— SKYSCRAPER PROJECT: Providence leaders are concerned about a legislator’s plan to limit the city’s power over a project to build what would be the tallest building in the state.
— VALENTINE’S DAY ROBBERY: A man who robbed a Rhode Island bank on Valentine’s Day last year has been sentenced to nearly four years in prison. SENT.
— HOME INVASION SENTENCING: A Rhode Island man who was involved in an armed home invasion has been sentenced to 12 years in prison. SENT.
— WRONG-WAY FATALITY: A Rhode Island woman police say was drunk and driving the wrong way on a Massachusetts highway when she caused a fiery fatal crash has been indicted. SENT.
— ASTRONAUT-RHODE ISLAND: A group of Rhode Island elementary school students got a chance to speak to an astronaut aboard the International Space Station. SENT.
— SCHOOL SAFETY FUNDING: The Department of Justice will be giving more than $800,000 in grants to several Rhode Island communities for school safety. SENT.
— MALL STABBINGS: The widow of a Massachusetts teacher stabbed to death protecting a pregnant waitress from a knife-wielding mentally ill suspect is asking that her husband’s name be removed from a memorial to homicide victims. SENT.
— DEAD WHALE: A dead adult minke whale has washed ashore in Massachusetts adding to a year of high mortality for the giant animals along the New England coast. SENT.
— HERRING FISHING: Fishing managers in New England are asking the federal government to take action to try to reduce the possibility of overfishing in the herring fishery. SENT.
The matchups between Peyton Manning’s Colts and Tom Brady’s Patriots were must-watch affairs for a decade. Manning’s departure from Indianapolis in 2012 ushered in a new era when the Colts drafted Andrew Luck. But Luck hasn’t fared nearly as well as his predecessor, going 0-5 in his matchups with Brady. He’ll try again when Indianapolis (1-3) travels to New England (2-2) on Thursday night. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 800 words, photos.
VINATIERI’S LAST STAND
Adam Vinatieri has fond memories of New England. He won three Super Bowl rings and earned a reputation as the league’s best clutch kicker there. And he could be making his final trip to Foxborough on Thursday night. By Michael Marot. SENT: 900 words, with photos.
After raising their Stanley Cup banner, the Washington Capitals open the 2018-19 season and their title defense against a finally-healthy Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. With HKN--Capitals-Banner Night. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.
BETTMAN AND O’REE
A month before they go into the Hockey Hall of Fame together, Commissioner Gary Bettman and Willie O’Ree, the first black player in the NHL, tour the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture on the opening day of the season. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos, video by 6 p.m.
ACC BUILDING BOOM
The construction boom around the Atlantic Coast Conference is showing no signs of slowing down. In the seemingly never-ending facility arms race in big-time college football, some schools hope player-friendly project will give them an edge and help them keep up with their ACC peers — and other programs around the country. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.
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