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

December 7, 2018

Editors, news directors:

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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

IMMIGRATION RAIDS

BOSTON _ Federal immigration officials have apprehended dozens of people suspected of living in the country illegally in a series of sweeps in New England. SENT: words. UPCOMING: about 300 words.

HERRING FISHING

Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to harvest, and the change could have major implications for lobster consumers. By Patrick Whittle. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ DRUG DEALER-MURDER CONVICTION: A Rhode Island man who was convicted of murder nearly 30 years ago has been arrested on drug dealing charges.

_ PEARL HARBOR-ARTIFACT: A piece of a battleship destroyed during the Pearl Harbor attack of World War II is coming to Rhode Island.

_ CASINO REVENUES: Mohegan Sun is reporting that MGM’s new casino in Massachusetts is taking a bite out of its profits.

_ SCHOOL LUNCH-COLLECTION AGENCY: A Rhode Island school district has hired a collection agency to recover unpaid lunch balances.

_ SHELLFISH MONITORING: A regulatory board is allowing shellfish harvesting in a key management area off of New England, though more monitoring of the fishery will now apply.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-EOVALDI

BOSTON _ Nathan Eovaldi is staying with the Boston Red Sox, agreeing to a $68 million, four-year contract. By KYLE HIGHTOWER. SENT: 523 words, photos.

MASSACHUSETTS-PROVIDENCE

Massachusetts plays Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC-BRYANT UNIVERSITY-COLUMBIA

Bryant University plays Columbia at Francis S. Levien Gymnasium. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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