BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, RI
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A combination of heat, drought and insect infestations have killed about 13 percent of trees in Rhode Island’s forests since 2015, according to state environmental officials. The 45,000 to 50,000 acres of dead trees are concentrated across the western half of the state, from Hopkinton to Burrillville, with pockets on Prudence Island and the Sakonnet Peninsula, Department of Environmental Management experts said. SENT: 210 words.
The U.S. Surgeon General will speak at a national summit in Boston focused on police efforts to address the opioid epidemic. The two-day gathering starts Thursday at Harvard Medical School. By Philip Marcelo.
Harvard University is honoring Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai for her work promoting girls’ education. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates on merits after 3:30 p.m. event, photo planned.
_ VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS-TUITION: A Rhode Island fire department is using grant money to help attract college students to become volunteer firefighters. SENT.
_ NEW LAWMAKER-ELECTIONS COMPLANT: A newly elected Rhode Island state representative says he is stepping down after facing mounting criticism over his misleading local officials about a nonexistent campaign mailer. SENT.
The New York Knicks visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
The Boston Bruins visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
Although the New England Patriots have dominated the AFC East for the past decade, they’ve lost four of their past five games in Miami heading into Sunday’s matchup. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 650 words moving in advance for weekend use by 4 p.m., with photos.
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