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

January 3, 2018

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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org.

Susan Haigh is on the desk until 8 p.m. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org. 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW:

WINTER WEATHER

BOSTON — The bitter cold that has gripped the Northeast for the past week is giving way — briefly at least — to a monster snowstorm with screaming winds that could drop more than a foot of snow in some areas. The National Weather Service has issued a blizzard warning for Thursday that extends from eastern Long Island north to coastal New Hampshire and Maine. Most of the rest of southern New England is under a winter storm watch. UPCOMING: 500 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated, photos, video.

WITH:

WINTER WEATHER-THE LATEST.

TOP STORIES:

DEEP FREEZE

SAVANNAH, Ga. — A brutal winter storm dumped snow in Tallahassee, Florida, on Wednesday for the first time in nearly three decades before slogging up the Atlantic coast and smacking Southern cities such as Savannah and Charleston, South Carolina, with a rare blast of snow and ice. Forecasters warned that the same system could soon strengthen into a “bomb cyclone” as it rolls up the East Coast, bringing hurricane-force winds, coastal flooding and up to a foot of snow. By Russ Bynum. SENT: 1059 words. May be updated. AP Photos.

WITH:

DEEP FREEZE-THE LATEST

DEEP FREEZE-NEW ENGLAND SNOW (with AP Photos)

DEEP FREEZE-NEW ENGLAND SNOW-THE LATEST

VINNY PAZ

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Ex-boxing champion Vinny Paz, who’s accused of biting a man, knocking out his teeth and sending him to a hospital, appeared in court on a felony assault charge on Wednesday and was released. SENT: 230 words. AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

— BENEFITS SYSTEM PROBLEMS __ The ACLU of Rhode Island has filed a class-action lawsuit in federal court, alleging low-income residents who receive financial help with Medicare expenses are not being properly notified before their benefits are terminated.

— BUMP STOCK BAN-RHODE ISLAND — A state senator has introduced a bill to ban devices in Rhode Island that can make a semi-automatic rifle mimic the firing action of a fully automatic weapon.

— DEADLY SHOOTING — Police say two young children were in a Providence home when it was hit by gunfire that killed a man inside.

SPORTS:

BKN-CAVALIERS-CELTICS

BOSTON — The Boston Celtics host the Cleveland Cavaliers, matching up the foes from last year’s Eastern Conference finals for the first time since Gordon Hayward was injured in the season opener. Isaiah Thomas is not expected to play. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight.

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