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

January 3, 2019

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 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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A group of Democrats in the state House of Representatives is proposing changes to the chamber’s rules to disperse some of the speaker’s power. The group, which calls itself the Reform Caucus, is comprised of nearly 20 lawmakers who didn’t back Democrat Nicholas Mattiello for re-election as House speaker Tuesday. SENT: 275 words.


Gov. Charlie Baker, a moderate Republican coming off a decisive re-election victory in Massachusetts, stuck to familiar policy themes and a continued emphasis on bipartisan governing as he was sworn-in to a second four-year term. By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m., photos.


National Grid and union representatives reached a tentative agreement to end a bitter contract dispute that has left about 1,200 natural gas employees locked out for months in Massachusetts, according to both sides. SENT: 475 words


_ NEW CONGRESS-LANGEVIN: Rhode Island congressman Jim Langevin will preside over the U.S. House of Representatives on the first day. SENT.

_ MISSING FISHERMEN: The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for two fishermen who were reported missing after their boat capsized off Block Island, Rhode Island. SENT.

_ DEADLY CRASH-DUI: A Massachusetts man police say was drunk when he caused a fatal crash in Providence on New Year’s Day has been arraigned. SENT.

_ PARK BODY: Police are investigating the death of a man who was found in a Cambridge park with traumatic head injuries. SENT.

_ FATAL FIRE-HOARDING: Massachusetts fire officials say hoarding may have hampered the response to a house fire in which an 84-year-old man died. SENT.

_ SWORD THREAT: A Massachusetts man has been charged with threatening his mother’s boyfriend with a sword. SENT.

_ KITTEN STABBED: A Massachusetts man charged with fatally stabbing a kitten, taking a photo of the animal and throwing it in the trash has been held without bail. SENT.

_ TEACHER-RAPE CHARGES: A judge has dismissed child rape charges filed against a former teacher at an elite private school in Massachusetts. SENT.



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


The 2018 season has been one of constant adaptation for the defending AFC champion Patriots. From Julian Edelman’s four-game suspension to open the season, to a surprise 1-2 start, to several injuries at running back, to Josh Gordon’s arrival and abrupt departure, New England’s mettle has been tested weekly. But after nabbing yet another first-round playoff bye, it’s put the Patriots in position to make another deep playoff run. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For Weekend Use.


St. Francis Brooklyn at Bryant, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

_ Light at night can disrupt circadian rhythms in children _ are there long-term risks? By Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/light-at-night-can-disrupt-circadian-rhythms-in-children-are-there-long-term-risks-94952


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