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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest, RI

September 19, 2018

Good evening. 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.

Phil Marcelo is on the desk until 8 p.m. 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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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CRANSTON, R.I.— Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo is accusing her Republican opponent in the general election of neglecting city schools as mayor of Cranston. Raimondo held a press conference Wednesday across the street from a school that’s next to Cranston Mayor Allan Fung’s office. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 280 words


BOSTON — Winnie-the-Pooh, that silly old bear, is the star of a new exhibition at Boston’s Museum of Fine Arts. “Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic” explores how the beloved teddy bear dreamed up by author A.A. Milne and illustrator E.H. Shepard became a global phenomenon — along with his sidekick, Christopher Robin, and companions Piglet, Tigger, Eeyore and Rabbit. By Tracee M. Herbaugh. SENT: 500 words, photos.


Nice Canadians? Hardly. Aggressive crabs invading US waters from Nova Scotia threaten the coastal ecosystem. By David Sharp. SENT: 550 words, photos.


WASHINGTON — Nowhere is gender politics thicker in the election season air than in the mannerly U.S. Senate as it considers what President Donald Trump’s choice for the Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh, did or didn’t do in high school. Christine Blasey Ford’s accusation of sexual assault — and Kavanaugh’s staunch denial — has ignited a tense, gender-infused war among the Senate’s 100 members, 23 of whom are women. By LAURIE KELLMAN. SENT: 1,057 words, photos


— PREMATURE CHAMPIONSHIP BANNER: The Boston Red Sox have not clinched this year’s American League East division championship, but a banner marking the accomplishment has already been accidentally unveiled.

—RECOVERY DRILL-REAL BODY: A police dive team in Rhode Island conducting a routine body recovery drill has come across an actual human body.

—REFUGEE LIMIT-RHODE ISLAND: Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo says slashing the number of refugees the U.S. will accept is the wrong policy.

—GOOGLE MONEY-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s House Minority Leader is asking the state court to intervene in her efforts to account for the state’s spending of a landmark $230 million settlement with Google.

— NIKE PURCHASES-RHODE ISLAND: A Rhode Island town council that approved a nonbinding resolution to boycott Nike products will revisit the question because of public backlash.

—TROOPER’S CRUISER HIT: Rhode Island State Police say a distracted driver crashed into a parked police cruiser at an emergency scene.

—HOUSE SPEAKER-MAILER: The state Board of Elections has dismissed contempt proceedings against a player involved in a controversial mailer in the 2016 election, but referred the case to the attorney general’s office for further investigation.

—OFFICER SHOT-HOSPITAL WARD: A Massachusetts hospital has renamed its pediatric unit after a police officer killed in the line of duty earlier this year.

— GUN THEFT: Police in Rhode Island are offering a $1,500 reward for information leading to the arrest of two suspects who they say stole a gun from a shooting range.



Boston can clinch the AL East with a win at Yankee Stadium. Red Sox left-hander David Price (15-6, 3.42) faces struggling Yankees ace Luis Severino (17-8, 3.46). Price is 5-0 with a 1.56 ERA in nine starts since the All-Star break, while Severino has a 6.35 ERA in 10 starts over that same span. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


NEW YORK — Mookie Betts is back in Boston’s lineup, hitting leadoff as the designated hitter while the Red Sox try to clinch the AL East at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. SENT: 175 words, photos.


CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Indians want Trevor Bauer in their postseason rotation. The next step will come Friday night against the Boston Red Sox in his first appearance since breaking his right leg last month. SENT: 400 words.


Jake DeBrusk scored two goals, including the game-winner in the third period, to lead the Boston Bruins to a 3-1 win over the Calgary Flames on Wednesday in Beijing, China. SENT: 150 words.


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