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

January 8, 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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UPCOMING TOMORROW

LEGAL MARIJUANA

With the state’s first marijuana stores finally up and running, Massachusetts regulators may now decide whether to license more exotic venues such as cannabis cafes and allow home delivery services for pot. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 500 words.

EDUCATION SPENDING

The thorny question of how best to divvy up state education dollars is again taking shape as a top issue on Beacon Hill after a bill to overhauling the state’s 25-year-old education funding system stalled last session. On Wednesday, elected officials, education advocates, students, and parents are calling on lawmakers to get back to work and pass an overhaul package this year. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

TOP STORIES:

FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS

Women are chronically underrepresented in the Boston Fire Department and at times subject to a work environment that includes “male banter” and “locker room talk,” according to a report commissioned for city officials after recent allegations of discrimination. In response, Mayor Marty Walsh said Tuesday he would propose several steps, including a firefighter cadet program to recruit and train more female firefighters By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 640 words.

PEOPLE-MICHAEL PHELPS

Michael Phelps is picking up more hardware _ this time for what he’s been doing outside the pool. The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading voice in calling for more opportunities for the disabled, said Tuesday the Olympic champion is the recipient of its fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The foundation told The Associated Press it picked the world’s most decorated swimmer of all time to recognize his advocacy for people with disabilities and “his own journey with mental health.” By William J. Kole. SENT: 370 words, photos.

OFFSHORE DRILLING BAN

State legislators from eight states are announcing a united effort to protect their states from offshore drilling. The states are Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words.

SPORTS BETTING-CONNECTICUT

Various factions have begun angling to get a piece of the action if Connecticut pushes ahead with legalizing sports gambling in the new legislative session, which opens Wednesday. SENT: 610 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ OCEAN STATE JOB LOT EXPANSION: Discount retailer Ocean State Job Lot has purchased six former Toys R Us locations and agreed to a long-term lease at a seventh in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. SENT.

_ MORTGAGE FRAUD: A man described by prosecutors as the mastermind of a mortgage fraud scheme that defrauded homeowners, investors, and banks of nearly $1.5 million has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison. SENT.

_ BUS SERVICE LAWSUIT: A group of Providence business owners has filed a lawsuit against a series of city and state projects meant to improve bus service. SENT.

_ WIND FARM-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: The ongoing federal government shutdown is affecting the planning for a proposed wind farm project off New England’s coast. SENT.

_ CHILD INJURED-APPEAL: The Rhode Island Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Providence woman convicted of abusing and severely injuring her 6-week-old baby. SENT.

_ PEARL HARBOR CASUALTY IDENTIFIED: A sailor from Massachusetts who died in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 has been accounted for. SENT.

_ SUPREME COURT-EGG LAWSUITS: The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to preside over legal challenges to laws in California and Massachusetts requiring larger living areas for some farm animals. SENT.

_ SPRINGFIELD SHOOTING: Springfield police have made an arrest in connection with a weekend homicide. Police on Tuesday announced that 30-year-old Karl Exantus, of Springfield, is charged with murder and gun offenses in the shooting on Saturday. SENT.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING-TAUNTON: Authorities have arrested two people in connection with what police say is the city of Taunton’s first homicide since 2016. SENT.

_ BANK ROBBERY-ARREST: The suspect in a bank robbery that led to the lock-out at three Hartford, Vermont schools will be returning to Vermont from Massachusetts, where he was arrested. SENT.

_ STUDENT DRUG ARREST: A former Massachusetts college student prosecutors say had a duffel bag containing more than five pounds of marijuana and other drugs in his car when he was pulled over has been sentenced to probation. SENT.

_ TRAIL-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman jogging on a Connecticut recreational trail. SENT.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-ARRESTS: A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to up to seven years in state prison for her role in a fatal 2017 shooting in Chicopee. SENT.

_ BODY FOUND-SALVATION ARMY: A body has been found near a Salvation Army donation bin in Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS:

WILD-BRUINS

The Minnesota Wild visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

PATRIOTS-MCDANIELS

Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says “the book is closed” on him interviewing for other open head coaching jobs and that he is committed to the Patriots moving forward. SENT: 380 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Brown at Canisius, 7 p.m.

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