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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Advisory, RI

May 2, 2019

Good morning. 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

OPIOID LAWSUITS-DRUG DATA

Federal appeals judges hear arguments on whether data on prescription opioid drugs should be made public. By Dan Sewell. UPCOMING: 400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ COLD CASE KILLING: A Rhode Island man whose conviction in the killing and sexual assault of an 85-year-old great-grandmother in 1990 was overturned by the state Supreme Court has pleaded no contest and avoided a second trial. SENT.

_ BOSTON SCHOOLS SUPERINTENDENT: The Boston School Committee has selected former Minnesota Commissioner of Education Brenda Cassellius to be the system’s next superintendent. SENT.

_ RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: The federal government is creating a new vessel speed restriction zone off Massachusetts to try to protect rare whales. SENT.

_ EARNS-DUNKIN BRANDS: Dunkin’ Brands Group Inc. on Thursday reported first quarter net income of $52.3 million. On a per-share basis, the Canton, Massachusetts-based company said it had profit of 63 cents. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, came to 67 cents per share. SENT.

SPORTS

BRUINS-BLUE JACKETS

The Boston Bruins play the Columbus Blue Jackets in game 4 of their Stanley Cup playoff series. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX-WHITE SOX

The Boston Red Sox eye their fourth straight win when they open a four-game series against the Chicago White Sox. David Price pitches for the defending World Series champions, coming off a three-game sweep against Oakland. Chicago’s Lucas Giolito makes his first start since April 17. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET.

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