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

December 28, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

CENSUS-RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island’s governor created a committee on Friday to increase awareness about the 2020 census and motivate residents to respond. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo signed an executive order establishing the Rhode Island Complete Count Committee to ensure the census doesn’t undercount segments of the population. SENT: 250 words.

WAR ROBOTS

The Army is looking for a few good robots. Not to fight _ not yet, at least _ but to help the men and women who do. At stake is a contract worth almost half a billion dollars for 3,000 backpack-sized devices that can defuse bombs and scout enemy positions. Competition for the work has spilled over into Congress and federal court. By Technology Writer Matt O’Brien. SENT: About 1,200 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ NEW FERRY: Rival ferry companies in Rhode Island are squaring off over a proposal for a high-speed ship to bring more passengers to Block Island. SENT.

_ ANIMAL CRUELTY: A Rhode Island woman is facing an animal cruelty charge because authorities say she failed to get timely medical attention for her 10-month old Chihuahua which later had to be euthanized. SENT.

_ PROVIDENCE MAYOR: Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says negotiating a deal for the city’s water supply board and creating a universal pre-kindergarten program are his top two priorities as he moves into his second term. SENT.

_ PARKING LOT HOMICIDE: Police have arrested a man in connection with the fatal shooting of another man who was found inside a car in a Massachusetts hotel parking lot. SENT.

_ 911 OUTAGES: Public safety officials in Massachusetts are warning of sporadic 911 outages for cellphone users. SENT.

_ MARIJUANA-TRAFFICKING CHARGES: Police in Massachusetts say they pulled over a 75-year-old man driving a box truck containing 150 pounds of black market marijuana worth as much as $500,000. SENT.

_ INMATE ASSAULT: A guard at a maximum-security state prison in Massachusetts has been charged with punching an 86-year-old inmate in the face. SENT.

_ INMATE DEATH: Officials say an inmate at a state prison has died after being found unresponsive in his cell on Christmas Day. SENT.

EXTRA:

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

_ Why walking with your doctor could be better than talking with your doctor. By Brad Biskup, University of Connecticut. https://theconversation.com/why-walking-with-your-doctor-could-be-better-than-talking-with-your-doctor-82565

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