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

July 10, 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. 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.

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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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A national trucking industry group is fighting Rhode Island over new tolls arguing that large commercial tractors are being unfairly targeted. The lawsuit has been filed in federal court by Virginia-based American Trucking Associations, and claims Rhode Island Department of Transportation tolls violate the U.S. Constitution. The plaintiffs are asking for an injunction to stop the tolls, and repayment of legal fees. The state’s transportation department says the lawsuit was expected. SENT: 228 words.


The top federal prosecutor for Massachusetts says he’ll focus his marijuana enforcement on overproduction, targeted sales to minors and organized crime. Massachusetts has legalized recreational use, but distribution remains a federal crime. But U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling reiterated Tuesday that fighting the opioid addiction scourge remains his priority because it’s still claiming thousands of lives in the commonwealth each year. SENT: 135 words.


The U.S. Coast Guard says it rescued an 80-year-old sailor who was reported missing on his way to port in Massachusetts. The Coast Guard said it began searching Buzzards Bay for Peter Horan and his 34-foot cabin cruiser Best Friends after receiving a call from his caretaker Monday. Horan and his boat were later found in the area of the Sakonnet River following a radio hail to search crews Monday evening. A response boat then located Horan and brought him to Little Compton, Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words.


— STREET SHOOTING: Investigators say a 25-year-old man who was shot and killed in Providence last month was a member of a Boston gang involved in a feud with another group. SENT: 125 words.

—BROWN UNIVERSITY-ECONOMY: Brown University has released a plan that shows how the school can improve Rhode Island’s technology economy. SENT: 135 words.

— SALES TAX HOLIDAY: Massachusetts shoppers are a step closer to enjoying their first sales tax holiday in three years. SENT: 110 words.

— DOLPHIN RESCUE: Several stranded dolphins have been rescued and released back into the ocean off Cape Cod. SENT: 115 words with video.

— ROGER WILLIAMS UNIVERSITY PRESIDENT: Roger Williams University has named an interim president following the death of its president. SENT: 130 words.

— MOTORCYCLE SAFETY: Rhode Island State Police are urging motorcyclists to think safety in the wake of a spike in motorcycle-related traffic deaths. SENT: 120 words.



The Boston Red Sox host the Texas Rangers looking for their eighth consecutive victory. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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