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

December 31, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

TOP STORIES:

NEW LAWS-RHODE ISLAND

The state’s minimum wage is going up, insurance companies will be required to cover all costs for a mastectomy and carbon monoxide detectors will be required in school buildings. Those are among the new and updated laws taking effect in Rhode Island in 2019. SENT: 320 words.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Monday took the first major step toward launching a widely anticipated campaign for the presidency, hoping her reputation as a populist fighter can help her navigate a Democratic field that could include nearly two dozen candidates. SENT: 600 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ SNOWMOBILE COLLISION: Authorities say two snowmobilers, including one from Rhode Island, have been hurt in a collision on a northern New Hampshire trail. SENT.

_ FIERY CRASH-DRIVER RESCUE: A Rhode Island man says he pulled a Massachusetts man out of a burning car that crashed into a retaining wall in front of his home. SENT.

_ FELONY CASES-NO CHARGES: Police officials in Rhode Island are looking into what caused about 1,300 felony cases to go unprosecuted. SENT.

_ SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY: Kevin Spacey says his presence at a Massachusetts courthouse on accusations that he groped a young man would “amplify the negative publicity already generated in connection with this case.” SENT.

_ NATIONAL GRID-LOCKOUT: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed legislation to extend unemployment benefits for locked out employees of utility National Grid. SENT.

_ SUSPECTED ORDNANCE EXPLODED: The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad says it exploded suspected ordnance discovered at a Cape Cod beach over the weekend. SENT.

_ BANK FRAUD-SENTENCING: A Vermont couple police say stole $1.6 million in loans through bank fraud have been sentenced to prison. SENT.

_ ICE BUCKET INSPIRATION: About 100 people took an icy plunge into the ocean over the weekend to raise about $25,000 for the Massachusetts man who helped inspire the ice bucket challenge. SENT.

_ STOLEN CAR-CHRISTMAS GIFTS: Police say they have recovered a family’s stolen car with their Christmas gifts still inside in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ CRAB FISHING: Federal fishing managers are holding the line on the quota for a commercial important species of crab that is fished off of the East Coast. SENT.

SPORTS:

WINTER CLASSIC PREVIEW

The Winter Classic is going back to college, and it’s bringing along two familiar foes. The Chicago Blackhawks face the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in the 11th edition of one of the NHL’s showcase events. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET

CELTICS-SPURS

Boston visits the Spurs with the Celtics finishing a three-game trip looking for their fourth win in five games. San Antonio is coming off a solid road win against the Clippers. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7 p.m. ET.

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