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

March 13, 2019

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.

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Massachusetts’ highest court reinstates the murder conviction of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez, which was erased after he killed himself in prison in 2017. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 500 words, photo.


Massachusetts lawmakers are set to debate a bill that would ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors. The bill, which is up for debate Wednesday by the Massachusetts House, would make the state the 16th to ban the practice for minors. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words following debate scheduled to start at 1 p.m.


Fallout from a sweeping college admissions scandal swiftly spread Wednesday, with actress Lori Loughlin surrendering ahead of a Los Angeles court hearing and a Silicon Valley hedge fund replacing its leader. Loughlin and fellow actress Felicity Huffman headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents unveiled in Boston that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said. SENT: 800 words, photos, video




_ DUMBBELL BEATING DEATH: A man police say used a 25-pound dumbbell to beat a Rhode Island woman to death in her own bed has been sentenced to life in prison. SENT.

_ FREE TUITION: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is urging lawmakers to support her proposal to expand the state’s free tuition at state colleges program. SENT.

_ CAMPAIGN SIGNS-LARCENY: Prosecutors have dropped charges filed against a former Republican state Senate candidate who had been accused of stealing his Democratic opponent’s campaign signs. SENT.

_ POLICE CHIEF STEPS DOWN: A longtime Rhode Island police chief is stepping down. Bristol Chief Josue Canario submitted his intent to retire on Friday after 11 years heading the department. SENT.

_ PROVIDENCE MOBSTER SON: The son of the late Rhode Island mobster Frank “Bobo” Marrapese Jr. has filed a lawsuit alleging he was falsely imprisoned on a warrant for his father. SENT.

_ NURSING HOME SETTLEMENTS: Massachusetts officials have announced settlements with seven nursing homes after a state investigation into complaints of unsafe conditions and substandard care. SENT.

_ ETHIOPIA PLANE CRASH-MASSACHUSETTS: A woman who grew up in Massachusetts was one of the 157 people who died in an Ethiopian Airlines crash last weekend. SENT.

_ POSTAL WORKER THEFT: A former postal worker from Massachusetts has pleaded guilty to stealing credit and gift cards intended for customers along her route and using the money to fuel her drug habit. SENT.

_ WEAPONS STOCKPILE: A Massachusetts man police say had several guns, ammunition, and bomb-making chemicals in his home has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the case. SENT.

_ ISLAND PRESERVATION: Voters in a Cape Cod town are considering a conservation restriction on the last private island in Pleasant Bay. SENT.



The Patriots lost two big names in the opening hours of free agency after both edge rusher Trey Flowers and left tackle Trent Brown signed with the Lions and Raiders. But they traded for veteran Michael Bennett to replace Flowers and seem content that Isaiah Wynn, who missed his entire rookie season with a torn Achilles tendon, can protect Tom Brady’s blind side. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 500 words by 7 p.m.


Butler vs. Providence at New York, N.Y., 7 p.m.


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