BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI
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Fishermen who seek one of the most important bait fish on the East Coast are likely to see a dramatic reduction next year in the amount they are allowed to harvest, and the change could have major implications for lobster consumers. By Patrick Whittle. UPCOMING: 400 words.
A combination of heat, drought and insect infestations have killed about 13 percent of trees in Rhode Island’s forests since 2015, according to state environmental officials. The 45,000 to 50,000 acres of dead trees are concentrated across the western half of the state, from Hopkinton to Burrillville, with pockets on Prudence Island and the Sakonnet Peninsula, Department of Environmental Management experts said. SENT: 210 words.
ELECTION 2018-CHARTER SCHOOLS
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was not on the ballot in the Michigan governor’s race, but her legacy loomed over the campaign in her home state, which has the country’s highest concentration of for-profit charter schools. SENT: 800 words, photos.
The nation’s drug classification system should be revisited but illegal drugs shouldn’t simply be decriminalized nationwide, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams told a gathering of police leaders focused on the opioids crisis Thursday in Boston. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 420 words, photos.
_ BUS CRASH-MASSACHUSETTS: A mother and daughter from Rhode Island injured when a school bus crashed in Massachusetts have sued the woman authorities say was drunk when she caused the wreck. SENT.
_ CAR THEFT-BANK ROBBERY: A man who stole a car in Massachusetts then used it as the getaway vehicle after robbing a bank in Rhode Island has been sentenced to four years in prison. SENT.
_ VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTERS-TUITION: A Rhode Island fire department is using grant money to help attract college students to become volunteer firefighters. SENT.
_ NEW LAWMAKER-ELECTIONS COMPLANT: A newly elected Rhode Island state representative says he is stepping down after facing mounting criticism over his misleading local officials about a nonexistent campaign mailer. SENT.
_ ENTANGLED WHALES: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says last year was slightly worse than average for the entanglement of large whales, which is a major threat to the animals’ populations. SENT.
The New York Knicks visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
The Boston Bruins visit the Tampa Bay Lightning. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.
Although the New England Patriots have dominated the AFC East for the past decade, they’ve lost four of their past five games in Miami heading into Sunday’s matchup. By Steven Wine. UPCOMING: 650 words moving in advance for weekend use by 4 p.m., with photos.
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