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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Coverage Advisory 8:30 am, RI

January 4, 2018

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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Mark Pratt 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

UPCOMING TODAY:

WINTER WEATHER

HARTFORD, Conn. — Residents across a huge swath of the U.S. awakened Thursday to the beginnings of a massive winter storm expected to deliver snow, ice and high winds followed by possible record-breaking cold as it moves up the Eastern Seaboard from the Carolinas to Maine. Blizzard warnings and states of emergency were in effect, schools and government offices closed for the day and motorists were warned to be careful as conditions began to worsen. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 850 words, photos. Will be updated.

With:

— WINTER WEATHER-NEW ENGLAND: BOSTON — Snow from a storm that could leave behind accumulations of up to 18 inches in some spots of New England has started. A light snow started falling in Connecticut, Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New Hampshire just before dawn Thursday. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.

— WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST: HARTFORD, Conn. — The Latest on massive winter storm in the Northeastern U.S. SENT: 775 words, photos. Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

FLU ACTIVITY: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The Rhode Island Department of Health says the flu is now widespread in the state. The agency made the declaration Wednesday. SENT: 130 words.

— BASS FISHING: OLD LYME, Connecticut — Interstate fishing managers are holding hearings in East Coast states about a plan to change the rules about one of the Atlantic Ocean’s most popular recreational fisheries. SENT: 130 words.

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