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

May 26, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

HUMAN TRAFFICKING CONVICTIONS

Laws cracking down on human trafficking are on the books in all 50 states, but convictions are notoriously elusive, and state prosecutors haven’t come close to matching the success their federal counterparts have had in winning cases. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

DORM CHEF

Jonah Reider, The Newton, Massachusetts native who became an object of media fascination when he was kicked out of his Columbia University dorm room for turning it into a sophisticated supper club, is still cooking three years after graduation, with projects that include a CBD oil business, fancy dinners for corporate clients, a possible food show on Japanese television and a grilled cheese shop in Tokyo. SENT: 950 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MILITARY MEMORIAL: A Rhode Island nonprofit that helps veterans has set up its memorial to U.S. service members killed in action. SENT.

_ HEAD-ON FATAL: Authorities say one person was killed and several others, including children, were hospitalized after a head-on car crash in West Warwick. SENT.

_ MARIJUANA BUST: Rhode Island State Police have arrested two New York City men they say had 94 (43 kilograms) pounds of suspected marijuana in their car. SENT.

_ SCAM WARNING: Rhode Island’s attorney general is warning residents about recent scam phone calls that mimic his office’s phone number on the caller identification. SENT.

_ FOAM CONTAINERS: Rhode Island lawmakers are considering a proposal to ban food service establishments from using disposable foam containers and plastic stirrers. SENT.

_ CENSUS-MASSACHUSETTS: Population in most Massachusetts cities and towns is continuing to grow. That’s according to the latest population estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. SENT.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING: Authorities continue to investigate a shooting in Brockton that left a 32-year-old man dead. SENT.

_ CHILD RAPIST-CIVIL COMMITMENT: Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has re-filed legislation aimed at toughening penalties for child rapists. SENT.

_ BEACHES-WATER QUALITY: Overall water quality at beaches in metropolitan Boston is up a bit, according to a new report that rates water quality at 15 Boston area beaches. SENT.

SPORTS:

STANLEY CUP PREVIEW

Brad Marchand was not on the ice for the Boston Bruins’ last full practice before the Stanley Cup Final against the St. Louis Blues. Marchand injured his left hand in the team’s intrasquad scrimmage Thursday but practiced Saturday.

With: STANLEY CUP-THE LATEST

STANLEY CUP-PLAYOFF RATINGS

Chicago and Los Angeles didn’t make the playoffs, Washington and Pittsburgh were eliminated in the first round but Stanley Cup Playoff ratings have held steady this season going into the finals between St. Louis and Boston. NBC says aggressive promotion in markets where teams were eliminated as well as a loyal fan base has helped as well as great numbers in markets where teams like Columbus and Carolina made strong postseason runs. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

RED SOX-ASTROS

Houston’s Justin Verlander opposes Boston’s Eduardo Rodriguez as the Astros and Red Sox wrap up a three-game series. By Jordan Godwin. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.

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