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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI

February 13, 2019

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 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SALMON RECOVERY

The federal government has outlined an ambitious, costly new plan to restore populations of Atlantic salmon in the United States. American rivers once teemed with the salmon, but populations have declined to the point where the last remaining wild populations in the country exist only in a handful of rivers in Maine. UPCOMING: 400 words by 1 p.m.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

HARVARD ADMISSIONS LAWSUIT

Harvard University and Students for Fair Admissions square off for a final round of arguments in a lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in Harvard’s admissions practices. By Collin Binkley. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated following 1:30 p.m. arguments.

OPIOID DEATHS-MASSACHUSETTS

Deaths from opioid-related overdoses were slightly lower in Massachusetts for a second straight year, state officials said Wednesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 2 p.m.

COLLEGES CLOSING

As more private colleges fold under financial pressure state officials in New England have been looking into increasing their oversight of the schools to help protect students. SENT: 850 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ DECRIMINALIZING PROSTITUTION: A state lawmaker in Rhode Island has proposed creating a legislative commission to look at decriminalizing prostitution. SENT.

_ ROGER WILLIAMS PRESIDENT: Roger Williams University in Rhode Island has named Ioannis Miaoulis as its new president. SENT.

_ CRANSTON MAYOR: Rhode Island state Rep. Charlene Lima says she is considering running for mayor in the state’s second-largest city. SENT.

_ SCENIC RIVERS: A bill that would make Rhode Island and Connecticut eligible for federal funding to protect rivers has cleared the U.S. Senate. SENT.

_ PROVIDENCE CRIME: Providence’s police chief says violent crime and property crime dipped in the city last year. SENT.

_ OFFICERS-BAR ARGUMENT: Five Massachusetts police officers have been charged in connection with an attack on a group of civilians that followed a barroom argument. SENT.

_ VETERAN’S FUNERAL-VOLUNTEERS: A veterans’ services director in Massachusetts is looking for volunteers to attend the funeral of a World War II veteran who has no surviving family. SENT.

_ DRINKING WATER LAWSUIT: A federal judge has dismissed much of a lawsuit brought by a man concerned about lead levels in drinking water at a Massachusetts school system. SENT.

_ SCALLOP HEARINGS: Federal fishing managers are holding a series of meetings along the East Coast to gather feedback about potential changes to the rules governing the U.S.’s lucrative Atlantic ocean scallop fishery. SENT.

_ FIRE TRUCK FIRE: Two firefighters were brought to the hospital when a fire engine burst into flames inside a Massachusetts firehouse. SENT.

_ ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN: Elizabeth Warren has named longtime adviser Roger Lau to manage her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020. SENT.

_ VIRGINIA POLITICS: Boston’s top prosecutor has offered to investigate allegations that Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax sexually assaulted a woman in 2004, if the woman files a criminal complaint. SENT.

_ HILLEL-OFFENSIVE FLYERS: A Massachusetts university is condemning the posting of what some are calling anti-Semitic flyers outside a campus Jewish organization. SENT.

_ NEW HIGHWAY EXIT: The Massachusetts Department of Transportation estimates a proposal to build a new Massachusetts Turnpike exit will cost between $29.5 million and $37.8 million. SENT.

SPORTS:

PISTONS-CELTICS

The Celtics return to the Garden after beating the 76ers without Kyrie Irving to snap a two-game losing streak. They face a Pistons team that has won four straight. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX REPORT

The defending champion Boston Red Sox open spring training with hopes of a fourth straight AL East title and their first back-to-back World Series victories in more than a century. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

RED SOX CLOSER

Boston expects its new closer to emerge from the current Red Sox roster. All-Star Craig Kimbrel turned down a $17.9 million qualifying offer from the World Series champions, and the seven-time All-Star remains a free agent. Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski mentioned three possibilities to close: Matt Barnes, Ryan Brasier and Tyler Thornburg. SENT: 340 words.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Providence at Villanova, 6:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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. https://theconversation.com/dangerous-stereotypes-stalk-black-college-athletes-101655

_ DJ Durkin’s firing won’t solve college football’s deepest problems. By Joseph Cooper, University of Connecticut, and Jasmine Harris, Ursinus College. https://theconversation.com/dj-durkins-firing-wont-solve-college-footballs-deepest-problems-106118

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