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

May 23, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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TOP STORIES:

WASHINGTON-WHO’S IN CHARGE

There is evidence that newly empowered Democrats are slowly _ sometimes messily _ resetting the balance after Trump’s first two years in office. SENT: 900 words, photos.

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-BATALI

Celebrity chef Mario Batali is facing a criminal charge on allegations that he forcibly kissed and groped a woman at a Boston restaurant in 2017. Batali, who recently gave up financial stakes in all his restaurants, is scheduled to be arraigned Friday on a charge of indecent assault and battery, a spokeswoman for Suffolk District Attorney Rachael Rollins said. SENT: 330 words, photos, moved late in previous cycle.

FACES OF CONCUSSION

Scores of retired NHL players are still grappling with the effects of head injuries they suffered during their careers. Daniel Carcillo is one of them. He chose not to participate in an $18.9 million settlement between the league and players who sued over the issue. SENT: 2,300 words, photos. 1,000-word abridge version also available.

IN BRIEF:

_ BANK ROBBERY-SHOTS FIRED: Federal authorities say a Rhode Island man has been arrested in connection with a Boston-area bank robbery in which the suspect fired a shot into the bank’s ceiling and opened fire at a pursuing officer. SENT.

_ WRONGULLY CONVICTED-COMPENSATION: A bill that would compensate people who have served prison time for crimes they did not commit is advancing in Rhode Island’s legislature. SENT.

_ POET-POLICE LAWSUIT: A Rhode Island poet has sued the city of Providence and a city police officer, saying he was racially profiled, assaulted, harassed and falsely arrested three years ago. SENT.

_ DOG MAULING DEATH: Five dogs authorities say attacked and killed a 14-year-old Massachusetts boy who regularly took care of them will be euthanized. SENT.

_ TEEN-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Rhode Island man faces charges after authorities say he traveled to Massachusetts to engage in a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. SENT.

_ AMHERST COLLEGE-DINOSAUR TRACKS: A slab of rock that bears dinosaur footprints is being donated to Amherst College by authorities who seized it as part of a poaching case. SENT.

_ MUSEUM APOLOGY: Boston’s venerable Museum of Fine Arts has apologized to a group of minority middle school students who say they were subjected to racism by staff and some other patrons during a field trip. SENT.

_ BANK FRAUD: A Massachusetts woman who lied to a bank about her company’s financial condition and even submitted falsified documentation to get a $4.2 million loan has pleaded guilty to fraud. SENT.

SPORTS:

STANLEY CUP-BACKES

David Backes waited his entire career to play for the Stanley Cup, and now he’ll have to go through some of his best friends to win it. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words by 7 p.m.

RED SOX-BLUE JAYS

The Boston Red Sox play Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 12:30 p.m.

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