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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI

February 15, 2019

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 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

BEACON HILL

With steps big and small, Massachusetts is working to move toward a more renewable energy-friendly future. One step along the path came this week when Republican Gov. Charlie Baker announced more than $500,000 in funding for eight “early-stage clean energy companies.” UPCOMING: 700 words by noon.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES

OPIOID DEATHS-RHODE ISLAND

Health officials in Rhode Island say the number of drug overdose deaths in the state continues to decrease. Department of Health spokesman Joseph Wendelken said Friday there were 250 overdose deaths from January 2018 through October, compared to 262 deaths during the same period in 2017. He says that represents a 4.6 percent decrease in all overdose deaths and a 6.1 percent decrease in opioid-related deaths. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING; 300 words.

OPIOID KICKBACK SCHEME-RAP VIDEO

Employees at a drug company accused of bribing doctors rapped and danced around a person dressed as a bottle of the highly addictive fentanyl spray in a video meant to motivate sales reps into getting patients on higher doses. The video was shown to jurors this week in the closely watched trial in Boston of wealthy Insys Therapeutics Inc. Founder John Kapoor and four other onetime executives, including a former exotic dancer who prosecutors say was hired as a regional sales manager even though she had no pharmaceutical experience. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 530 words, photos.

NFL CONCUSSION SETTLEMENT-AARON HERNANDEZ

A judge has ruled that the young daughter of deceased NFL player Aaron Hernandez did not opt out of the NFL concussion settlement in time to pursue a separate lawsuit against the league. SENT: 130 words, photo. UPCOMING: 400 words.

ELECTION 2020-WELD-NEW HAMPSHIRE

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, little-known on the national stage but well-respected among veterans in the GOP establishment, announced an exploratory committee for president on Friday, becoming the first Republican to move toward a serious primary challenge against President Donald Trump. There are new signs he won’t be the last. SENT: 900 words, photos.

DEMOCRATS-LIBERAL LEAN

What is happening to the Democrats? Captivated by a handful of liberal superstars, they are venturing where the party has long feared to tread: Steep taxes on the rich. Abolishing an immigration enforcement agency. And proposing a sweeping Green New Deal that calls for an “economic transformation” to combat climate change. SENT: 1,150 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BOY SCOUTS CHAPLAIN ARRESTED: Rhode Island State Police say a former Catholic chaplain for the Boy Scouts has been arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting an 18-year-old man with disabilities. SENT.

_ TRUMP-BORDER SECURITY-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s all-Democratic congressional delegation has slammed Republican President Donald Trump’s plan to declare a national emergency to build a wall along the southern border. SENT.

_ EX-LAWMAKER AUDIT: A Rhode Island political candidate who resigned before taking his seat in the state legislature over a nonexistent campaign mailer is facing new allegations of financial wrongdoing. SENT.

_ MAN CAVE WISH: A 10-year-old Rhode Island boy with a rare disorder is getting his very own man cave. SENT.

_ PEACE CROSS-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s attorney general is withdrawing the state from a case heading to the U.S. Supreme Court over a cross memorial on public land in Maryland. SENT.

_ CITY HALL SECURITY: Providence officials are considering boosting security at City Hall, including adding metal detectors and closing some entrances to the public. SENT.

_ TEENAGER STABBED: Prosecutors say a 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 17-year-old Massachusetts youth. SENT.

_ HIT AND RUN-TEACHER KILLED: Police have made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run in Massachusetts that killed a beloved school teacher and administrator. SENT.

_ STUDENT SEXUAL ASSAULT LAWSUIT: A former student at a Massachusetts high school has sued the school, saying officials mishandled an alleged sexual assault on a bus by another student. SENT.

_ NURSE-INAPPROPRIATE MESSAGES: Boston Children’s Hospital has fired a pediatric nurse practitioner who police say sent inappropriate messages to a teenage girl on social media. SENT.

_ MUSLIM WOMAN ASSAULTED: A Massachusetts man has been convicted of yelling slurs and attacking a Muslim woman who was on her way to prayer services during Ramadan. SENT.

_ METH DISTRIBUTION-SENTENCING: A Massachusetts man who shipped large quantities of methamphetamine through the mail has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-DUCKS

The Anaheim Ducks look to go 2-0 under Bob Murray when they host the Boston Bruins, who have won three straight. By Dan Greenspan. UPCOMING. 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. EST.

TOP ROTATIONS

Forget this obsession with bullpens for a second. From the Red Sox and Indians to the Nationals and Mets, plenty of clubs are still anchored by well-armed rotations. “At the end of the day, your starting staff is the backbone of your team,” Washington ace Max Scherzer said. “Being a reliable starting staff, that’s something that is underappreciated in the game.” As pitchers begin to limber up at spring training, here’s a look at baseball’s five best rotations. By Baseball Writer Mike Fitzpatrick. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos by 8 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Brown at Cornell, 7 p.m.

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