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

March 12, 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.

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Massachusetts lawmakers are set to debate a bill that would ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors. The bill, which is up for debate Wednesday by the Massachusetts House, would make the state the 16th to ban the practice for minors. UPCOMING: 500 words.



Rhode Island lawmakers are voting on a bill to expand sports betting by offering mobile gambling. If it passes, it goes to the governor’s desk. Some Republicans want a court opinion on whether voters need to approve such a change. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 400 words, will be updated after floor vote Tuesday night.


Federal authorities have charged actresses Felicity Huffman, Lori Loughlin, college coaches _ including a tennis coach at the University of Rhode Island _ and others in a sweeping admissions bribery case in federal court. The racketeering conspiracy charges were unsealed Tuesday against the coaches at schools including Wake Forest University, Georgetown and the University of Southern California. Authorities say the coaches accepted bribes in exchange for admitting students as athletes regardless of their ability. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Collin Binkley. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.



This industrial city in central Massachusetts has had many nicknames through the years, including “the Heart of the Commonwealth” and “Wormtown.” Among them was this less-known medical moniker: “Hepatitisville.” Worcester has endured several outbreaks of the liver-battering disease, including one that sidelined 90 members of a college football team in 1969. By Mike Stobbe. SENT: 1,600 words, photos, graphic.


_ SCENIC RIVERS: Federal legislation that protects several rivers in Connecticut and Rhode Island has been signed into law by President Donald Trump. SENT.

_ HORSE INSURER FRAUD: A Rhode Island insurance agent who specializes in insuring horses has been sentenced to three years in prison for defrauding clients, insurance companies and finance companies out of $1.3 million. SENT.

_ STATE COLLEGE ENROLLMENT: An education board says enrollment at all three of Rhode Island’s public colleges is in decline. SENT.

_ CO-WORKERS-THREAT: Police say an employee of a Connecticut company that builds submarines for the U.S. Navy has been charged with making a “credible threat” against the lives of specific co-workers. SENT.

_ FORMER MAYOR-DEFAMATION CLAIMS: The Rhode Island Supreme Court has upheld a ruling tossing defamation and other claims filed against former Central Falls Mayor Charles Moreau. SENT.

_ MAYOR CHARGED: Voters in Fall River are deciding whether to remove their embattled mayor from office. A recall election is scheduled for Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated after close of polls.

_ LOBSTER PROCESSING: A proposal that could clear the way for more lobster processing in Massachusetts has made it through the state Senate. SENT.

_ HOUSE SPEAKER-RESTAURANTS: Attention foodies: A top Massachusetts politician wants the state to regain its status as one of America’s leading culinary destinations. SENT.

_ HOUSE SPEAKER-TRANSPORTATION: Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo is challenging business leaders to come up with ideas for easing transportation gridlock. SENT.

_ TEENAGER SLAIN: Two men have pleaded guilty to their roles in the death of a 16-year-old Boston boy who was shot in the back while riding his bicycle. SENT.

_ SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER-ASSAULT: The lawyer for a Massachusetts special education teacher charged with assaulting students says the allegations were made up by a disgruntled teacher’s aide. SENT.

_ TEEN DROWNING: A judge has dismissed a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of a teen who drowned in a Massachusetts high school pool. SENT.

_ ILLEGAL GUN BUY SENTENCE: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced in New Hampshire to 2 ½ years in federal prison for helping someone attempt to buy guns illegally. SENT.

_ COMMERCIAL BUILDING BLAZE: Dozens of firefighters battled a multi-alarm blaze south of Boston that started in one building and quickly spread to several others. SENT.

_ WATER MAIN BREAK: A water main break in Boston has flooded a busy street, forced the evacuation of several buildings and caused major commuter headaches. SENT.

_ WENTWORTH-NEW PRESIDENT: The Wentworth Institute of Technology has named its new president _ the first in its history to come outside the field of engineering. SENT.

_ MACKEREL HARVEST: The East Coast harvest of an economically important species of small fish will be scaled back for the rest of the year. SENT.



The Boston Bruins visit the Columbus Blue Jackets. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


Parity came to the Big East Conference this season, and that is expected to make defending national champion Villanova’s bid to win a third straight league tournament a lot more difficult. SENT: 600 words, photos.


VCU coach Mike Rhoades knows his team heads into the Atlantic 10 Conference Tournament as the favorite as regular season champs. But he’s taking a page from former boss Shaka Smart and making sure his team knows that some still don’t believe in the Rams. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


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