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

February 6, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TODAY’S TOP STORIES

TEXTING SUICIDE

Massachusetts’ highest court has upheld the involuntary manslaughter conviction of a young woman who encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 700 words, photo.

With: TEXTING SUICIDE-THE LATEST

SAUDI ARABIA-COLLEGES

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology will not cut ties with Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. MIT President Rafael Reif announced Wednesday that he’s accepting the recommendation of an earlier review that found no “compelling case” to break with the kingdom. SENT: 600 words.

EARNS-BOSTON SCIENTIFIC

Boston Scientific Corp. (BSX) on Wednesday reported fourth-quarter net income of $386 million, after reporting a loss in the same period a year earlier. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ LAWMAKER-SEX EXTORTION: A former Republican state senator from Rhode Island has pleaded no contest to charges that he took nude photos of his ex-girlfriend without her knowledge. SENT.

_ TRASH BARREL BODY: A judge has denied bail for the person charged in the 2013 killing of a 66-year-old Rhode Island man whose body was found stuffed in a trash barrel at a park. SENT.

_ ANIMAL ABUSER REGISTRY: A Rhode Island lawmaker has re-introduced a bill to create a statewide animal abuser registry. SENT.

_ POLICE HARASSMENT: A Rhode Island city and the highest-ranking woman on the city’s police force have reached a $150,000 settlement in a sexual harassment suit. SENT.

_ RHODE ISLAND BUDGET: The leaders of Rhode Island’s quasi-state agencies say there will be consequences if they lose millions of dollars in funding as proposed in the state budget. SENT.

_ BROTHERS-DRUG CHARGES: Rhode Island State Police have arrested four brothers they say were selling fentanyl. SENT.

_ STATE OF THE UNION-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s all-Democratic congressional delegation says they are skeptical of Republican President Donald Trump’s calls for Democrats and Republicans to work together during his second State of the Union speech. SENT.

_ PROVIDENCE-STATE AID: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo’s budget proposal could leave Providence with a $4 million hole in its current budget if it is approved by lawmakers later this year. SENT.

_ REVENGE PORN BILL: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker is re-filing a bill aimed at cracking down on pornographic images published by people seeking revenge against former lovers while offering diversion programs for teenagers who post explicit pictures or videos online. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR-CLIMATE: Republican Gov. Charlie Baker has told a congressional panel that climate change is not a partisan issue, at least not in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: The federal government is again stretching the duration of a protected area off of Massachusetts to try to keep endangered right whales safe. SENT.

_ GOOD SAMARITAN MAYOR: The mayor of Boston says he is getting way too much credit for coming to the aid of a man whose car engine caught fire on a city highway. SENT.

_ SALVATION ARMY BODY: Police say the state medical examiner’s initial report indicates the death of a woman whose body was found near Salvation Army donation bins in Massachusetts does not appear to be a homicide. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS-ADVANCED PLACEMENT: Students in Massachusetts are the nation’s leaders on Advanced Placement exams for the third year in a row. SENT.

_ OFFICER-EXCESSIVE FORCE: A former Massachusetts police officer has been found guilty by a federal jury of using unreasonable force during a 2017 arrest and then falsifying his report of the incident. SENT.

_ FRIEND BEATEN: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison for severely beating a friend he thought was having an affair with his girlfriend. SENT.

_ FAKE WORKER SCAM: Police in Massachusetts say a man posing as a water department employee tried to get inside the home of an elderly man in Plainville over the weekend. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-RANGERS

The Boston Bruins visit the New York Rangers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Georgetown at Providence, 7:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Rhode Island at Davidson, 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

EXTRA:

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

_ Forget the antioxidant pills; just stick with veggies. By Richard G. “Bugs” Stevens, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/forget-the-antioxidant-pills-just-stick-with-veggies-45409

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