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

May 7, 2019

Good afternoon. 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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TOP STORIES:

2ND AMENDMENT SANCTUARY

A second Rhode Island town declared itself a so-called Second Amendment sanctuary Monday to oppose the governor’s push for stricter gun control laws. The Hopkinton Town Council passed a resolution, 3 to 2. The Burrillville Town Council passed a similar resolution last month. The towns say they won’t enforce new laws they feel infringe on their constitutional right to keep and bear arms. SENT: 240 words.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS BRIBERY

California businessman Stephen Semprevivo is set to plead guilty to charges that he bribed the Georgetown tennis coach to get his son admitted to the school. Developing from 2:30 p.m. hearing.

GAS EXPLOSIONS

The utility blamed for a series of natural gas explosions in Massachusetts in September has agreed to pay $80 million to three communities to cover the costs of repairing roads and other infrastructure torn up during restoration efforts. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated, photo planned.

MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET

Taxes, education funding and Medicaid spending are a few of the key questions facing the Senate Ways and Means Committee as it prepares to roll out its version of the state’s $42 billion spending plan. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 2 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ RIVER BODY: Medical examiners have identified a body discovered in waters off a Providence park as a missing high school student. SENT.

_ SCHOOL LUNCH DEBT: A Rhode Island school district will begin serving cold sandwiches instead of hot lunches to students whose families owe lunch money. SENT.

_ STRIPPERS-STOLEN POLICE GUN: A Boston police officer whose service weapon was stolen during a rendezvous with two strippers at a Rhode Island hotel has been fired. SENT.

_ GUNS FOR DRUGS ARRESTS: Police have arrested men from Vermont and New Hampshire they say came to Massachusetts to trade guns for drugs and cash. SENT.

_ DU BOIS-SCHOOL RENAMING: The hometown of scholar and civil rights activist W.E.B. Du Bois has voted to rename the local middle school in his honor, despite the objections of some people who pointed out that he joined the Communist Party late in life. SENT.

_ METCO LOTTERY: A Massachusetts voluntary school integration program that sends Boston children to suburban schools is changing the way it selects participants. SENT.

_ DOCTOR-ASSAULT MISTRIAL: A mistrial has been declared in a case against a Massachusetts addiction treatment doctor who prosecutors say sexually assaulted a patient. SENT.

_ BODIES IN HOME: A Massachusetts man charged will killing three women whose bodies were found on his property will go to trial next year. SENT.

_ POET-AUCTION: Antiques, paintings, rare books and other items that belonged to former poet laureate Donald Hall are about to go up for auction. SENT.

SPORTS

BRUINS ADVANCE

The Boston Bruins got some timely goals in their tight Eastern Conference semifinal series with Columbus, and when the goals weren’t coming, Tuukka Rask stood tall. The Finn turned in his best playoff performance so far in the 3-0 win over the Blue Jackets in Game 6 that clinched the series and propelled the Bruins into the conference final against Carolina. SENT: 470 words, photos.

RED SOX-ORIOLES

The Boston Red Sox face the Baltimore Orioles and rookie David Hess, who’s looking for his first win since April 1 in a matchup between AL East foes. By David Ginsburg. 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.

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