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

August 21, 2018

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 Providence bureau at at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org.

Dave Collins is on the desk. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



Rhode Island is spending $3 million in federal funds to secure and modernize its elections systems. The U.S. Election Assistance Commission released a report Tuesday showing how states plan to spend $380 million allocated by Congress last spring to strengthen voting systems amid ongoing threats from Russia and others. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 450 words.


A federal judge in Seattle is scheduled to hear arguments Tuesday on whether to block a settlement the U.S. State Department reached with a company that would allow it to post blueprints for printing 3D weapons on the internet. Nineteen states including Rhode Island and the District of Columbia sued and last month secured a restraining order to stop that process, and now they want to make that permanent by having the judge convert the restraining order into an injunction. SENT: 550 words, photos.


— CHILD DEATHS: Rhode Island child welfare officials say eight children died and 23 nearly died due to neglect or maltreatment over the past two years. SENT: 130 words.

— SEX ABUSE-RHODE ISLAND: A group of abuse victims joined a group of 20 lawmakers in calling for Rhode Island’s legislative leaders to extend the time limit for filing child abuse lawsuits. SENT: 130 words.

— SUSPECT ON THE LOOSE: Providence police are looking for a man they say played a role in the death if his mother’s 60-year-old boyfriend. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTERS HELP CANCER PATIENT: A Rhode Island woman who lost her ability to walk after she was diagnosed with cancer is thanking local firefighters for building a wheelchair ramp at her home. SENT: 130 words.



The Boston Red Sox host the Cleveland Indians. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Rhode Island officials are pondering the future of a city-owned stadium now that the minor league Pawtucket Red Sox have announced they intend to leave for Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.


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