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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6:30 pm, RI

August 20, 2018

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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Mark Pratt 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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY

IMMIGRATION-MARRIED COUPLES-LAWSUIT

BOSTON — A federal judge in Boston heard arguments on Monday in a case centered on whether immigrants married to U.S. citizens but facing deportation should be allowed to remain in the country while they seek to become legal residents. The American Civil Liberties Union, which brought the class action lawsuit, says a special exemption created under former President Barack Obama’s administration allows certain noncitizen spouses of U.S. citizens to remain in the country while they apply for legal status through marriage. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.

HALL OF FAME-FAN VOTE

Martina Hingis figures she wouldn’t have needed any help from fans to earn her spot in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Still, she likes the idea that folks around the world now will have a say in who gets elected. “I would have hoped that people liked me and liked my game, liked my style, so hopefully that wouldn’t have made a difference to make it in or out,” Hingis said with a laugh during a phone interview. “I would have only hoped that it would only push me more. I would hope that in my case, it would have been pretty clear that I had made it.” By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 425 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode has remained the same this week. AAA Northeast found in its weekly survey released Monday that the price of self-serve, regular is averaging $2.88 per gallon, which is unchanged from last week. SENT: 100 words.

— EXIT CLOSURE: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The state Department of Transportation says it’s looking for a solution after the closure of a well-traveled highway exit caused traffic jams for Rhode Island and Massachusetts commuters heading into Providence. The DOT closed the off-ramp for Exit 3, which leads to Gano Street, on Interstate 195 West in Providence to repair the Washington Bridge Sunday. It plans to keep it closed through the fall of 2019. SENT: 130 words.

— TEENS HURT: PORTSMOUTH, R.I. — Authorities say five Rhode Island high school students were injured when their vehicle crashed into a stone wall. All five teens were brought to Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence following the crash in Portsmouth reported just after 9 p.m. Saturday. SENT: 120 words.

— POLICE CHASE-RIVER ARREST: NARRAGANSETT, R.I. — A Rhode Island man says he went from enjoying his morning coffee to assisting in a police chase in a river. Marc Lamson noticed several officers and a police dog on his dock in Narragansett on Sunday morning and offered to help. SENT: 130 words.

— DOUBLE SHOOTING: Providence police are investigating a shooting that injured two men over the weekend. SENT: 75 words.

SPORTS:

INDIANS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox open a series against the Cleveland Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

EXTRA:

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

— Dangerous stereotypes stalk black college athletes. By Joseph Cooper, University of Connecticut. http://theconversation.com/dangerous-stereotypes-stalk-black-college-athletes-101655

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