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

January 28, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

The founder of a pharmaceutical company charged with leading a nationwide conspiracy to bribe doctors to prescribe an opioid pain medication is set to go on trial. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photo planned.

ROAD RAGE ARRESTS

Two Massachusetts men involved in an apparent case of road rage in which one drove at speeds of up to 70 mph with the other clinging to the hood of his vehicle, some of which was caught on video , have been arraigned. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 250 words, photos.

GENE-EDITED BABIES

Long before the claim of the world’s first gene-edited babies became public, Chinese researcher He Jiankui shared the news with a U.S. Nobel laureate who objected to the experiment yet remained an adviser to He’s biotech company. Emails obtained by The Associated Press under a public records request show that Nobel Prize winner Craig Mello of the University of Massachusetts learned about the pregnancy last April from He in a message titled “Success!” SENT: 900 words, photos.

FREE TV ONLINE-REVIEW

You canceled cable long ago. Your TV antenna has trash reception for ABC. But you want to host an Oscars viewing party. What to do? A newish, under-the-radar option is Locast. It’s like an app version of a $50 antenna you can get from Best Buy, and it’s free and easy to use. SENT: 800 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ RHODE ISLAND BUDGET: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is pushing for an expanded “Amazon tax” to help shore up growing holes in the state budget due to lagging revenues. SENT.

_ GAS OUTAGE: Utility National Grid says 95 percent of customers who lost natural gas service in Rhode Island last week have had their service restored. SENT.

_ TEACHER’S AIDE-CASINO RANT: A Rhode Island teaching assistant whose hateful rant in a video at a casino led to her firing is now charged with threatening a school superintendent. SENT.

_ RIGHT WHALE PROTECTION: The federal government says there is a large aggregation of an endangered species of whale south of Nantucket, and mariners should avoid it for the safety of the animals. SENT.

_ TURKEY HUNT: An abundance of wild turkeys in Massachusetts might be a boon for hunters. State wildlife officials have scheduled two informational meetings next month on a proposed increase on limits for turkey hunting. SENT.

_ CAREGIVER THEFT: A Massachusetts woman who drained $40,000 from the bank account of a 64-year-old man she was caring for has been sent to jail. SENT.

SPORTS:

NETS-CELTICS

The Brooklyn Nets visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

SUPER BOWL-MEDIA NIGHT

Will Tom Brady be greeted by a “bride” in a wedding dress? Will Sean McVay be questioned by a 9-year-old? It’s the NFL’s Media Night and first availability for the Patriots and Rams, and anything seems possible. Rams session begins at 7 p.m., Patriots session begins at 9 p.m. With photos.

With: SUPER BOWL-THE LATEST

RAMS-SUPER BOWL HOME

The Los Angeles Rams are the home team in Sunday’s Super Bowl 53, and they’ll be using the home team Atlanta Falcons’ practice facility in Flowery Branch. The Falcons are providing a clean locker room and meeting rooms for the Rams’ one-week stay. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 600 words, file photos by 9 a.m.

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