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

November 8, 2018

Good evening. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island.

AP Providence reporter Jennifer McDermott can be reached at 401-274-2270 or jmcdermott@ap.org

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

UPCOMING TOMORROW

BRITISH-AMERICAN MEMORIAL

A memorial honoring fallen soldiers from the U.S. and Britain is being dedicated this month, and the venue couldn’t be more ironic: Boston’s historic Old North Church, where the American Revolution pitting rebellious colonists against English troops basically began. “It’s the one place in Boston where you wouldn’t expect this to happen,” a British organizer says. By William J. Kole. UPCOMING: 600 words by 1 a.m., photos.

TOP STORIES

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE SPEAKER-RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Democrats meet in Cranston to decide whether to return House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to his powerful leadership post. Several Democratic lawmakers have said they would not back him for speaker again. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words following 6 p.m. caucus.

AARON HERNANDEZ CONVICTION

A legal principle that erased former New England Patriot’s player Aaron Hernandez’s murder conviction after he killed himself in prison is outdated, unfair and should not stand a Massachusetts prosecutor told the state’s highest court Thursday. Bristol District Attorney Thomas Quinn III said it doesn’t make sense the former New England Patriots tight end is now innocent in the eyes of the law just because he died before his appeal could be heard. Quinn is urging the court to reinstate Hernandez’s conviction and do away with the legal principle for future cases. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 550 words, photos.

With: AARON HERNANDEZ-CONVICTION-THE LATEST

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS-FIRST SALES

With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, the small city of Northampton feels like an appropriate site for the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado. Within days perhaps, an existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton expects to receive the final go-ahead to throw its doors open to anyone 21 or older who wants to purchase a range of cannabis products. Massachusetts voters approved of legalization just about two years ago, to the delight of the burgeoning cannabis industry which was primed to expand its geographic base beyond the several western U.S. states where recreational marijuana was sold. But the road to the first store openings has been a long and tedious one. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— WHITEHOUSE-WHITAKER: Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse says the Department of Justice should look at whether the new acting attorney general should be recused from the special counsel’s investigation into potential coordination between the president’s campaign and Russia. SENT.

— RECOVERY HOUSE FUNDING: A Rhode Island recovery home has received $1 million in federal funds to help former inmates. SENT.

— ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND-NO VOTERS: Rhode Island elections officials say one polling place in Providence did not see a single voter during the midterm elections this week. SENT.

— EX-OFFICER-OBSCENE MATERIAL: A former Rhode Island police officer has pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit pictures and videos of himself to a 15-year-old girl. SENT.

— TRIBAL CASINO LAWSUIT: The U.S. Department of the Interior says in a new court filing that Connecticut’s Mashantucket Pequot Tribe should not be allowed to amend its lawsuit against the department over a casino proposal.

— BANK ROBBERY: Police in Rhode Island are searching for a suspect they say robbed a bank in east Greenwich. SENT.

— LARCENY-COFFEE CARD: Police in Rhode Island say a stolen Dunkin’ Donuts card led them to a suspect now charged with eight counts of larceny and two counts of vandalism. SENT.

SPORTS:

CANUCKS-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins play host to the Vancouver Canucks. Game starts at 7 p.m.

CELTICS-SUNS

After a loss in Denver, the Boston Celtics come to Phoenix, to face the lowly Suns, who were beaten by 22 points at home against Brooklyn on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. ET

PATRIOTS-TITANS

Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings playing linebacker and goal-line pass threat for Bill Belichick in New England. Now the rookie head coach gets his first crack at his former coach when Vrabel’s Titans host former teammate Tom Brady and the Patriots in a game Tennessee desperately needs. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. 750 words, photos moving in advance.

With: PATRIOTS-TITANS PREVIEW CAPSULE

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