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

November 19, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island.

AP Providence reporter Jennifer McDermott can be reached at 401-274-2270 or jmcdermott@ap.org

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

TRUMP-WHITAKER

WASHINGTON — Three Senate Democrats filed a lawsuit Monday arguing that Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker’s appointment is unconstitutional and asking a federal judge to remove him. The suit, filed by Sens. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Mazie Hirono of Hawaii and Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, argues that Whitaker’s appointment violates the Constitution because he has not been confirmed by the Senate. By Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 450 words. AP Photos.

HUNGER-RHODE ISLAND

PROVIDENCE — The cost of food in Rhode Island has increased by 15 percent over the past two years, outpacing wage growth, the Rhode Island Community Food Bank said Monday. The food bank released its annual report on hunger to coincide with Thanksgiving week. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 400 words. AP Photos.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

The long wait is over and the first legal sales of recreational marijuana are about to be made in Massachusetts starting Tuesday. A look at what to expect when the first pot shops open on Tuesday. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— MAYOR-UNFLATTERING PAINTING — A dilapidated building that featured an unflattering public mural of a Rhode Island mayor wearing a crown and sitting on a toilet has been torn down.

— FIRE-FAMILIES DISPLACED — The Red Cross says it’s helping three Providence families who were displaced by a fire in the city’s Silver Lake neighborhood.

SPORTS:

BKN--CELTICS-HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Hornets look to bounce back from a tough overtime loss to the 76ers when Charlotte hosts the Boston Celtics. By Steve Reed. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m. EDT.

BKN--AROUND THE NBA

There has been some early tinkering to lineups, a few hiccups and lots of drama to start the NBA season. None of the league’s final four teams from last season — Boston, Cleveland, Houston, Golden State — look like locks to hoist the Larry O’Brien Trophy this time. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 900 words.

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