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

May 16, 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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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— GIRL KILLED: A Rhode Island man who was convicted of killing his 10-year-old daughter has been sentenced to life in prison. SENT: 120 words.

— VOLVO OCEAN RACE-ARRESTS: Seven people police say are connected to an international yacht race have been arrested in Rhode Island following a confrontation with officers. SENT: 130 words.

— SPORTS BETTING: Professional sports leagues believe they should get a cut of the money if Rhode Island legalizes sports gambling. SENT: 130 words.

— SKYSCRAPER PROJECT: A key Providence commission has given the thumbs down to a proposal to build what would be the tallest skyscraper in Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words.

— ETHICS INVESTIGATION: The Rhode Island Ethics Commission is extending its investigation into whether the East Greenwich town manager violated state ethics laws. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTERS CHEMICAL EXPOSURE: A Rhode Island company has been fined by the federal government after a chemical fire that sent more than a dozen firefighters to the hospital. SENT: 130 words.



If there’s a tough to play to be made, Celtics coach Brad Stevens says Marcus Smart is the guy that’s going to make it. Since returning from thumb surgery in the first round, Smart has been Boston’s unflappable glue guy, diving for loose balls, getting tip-ins and making what Stevens calls “winning plays.” He’s also imbued the Celtics with a toughness that even Cleveland’s Kevin Love said the Cavs must emulate down 0-2. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 2 p.m.


Andy Johnson, who starred as Georgia’s quarterback before going on to play running back with the New England Patriots for nine seasons, has died after a long illness. He was 65. SENT: 200 words.


The Oakland A’s visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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