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

April 1, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Wealthy parents charged in a nationwide college admissions bribery scam could also face additional criminal charges and hefty fines for deducting the bribes from their income taxes, experts say. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 760 words by 9 a.m., file photo planned.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN

Massachusetts gambling regulators are holding a hearing and releasing a long-awaited report Tuesday into how Wynn Resorts handled allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn. The series of hearings this week has implications for the $2.6 billion luxury resort just outside Boston the company plans to open in June. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 130 words by overnight. About 650 words from hearing that starts at 10 a.m.

PEOPLE-LAVERNE COX

“Orange is the New Black” actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox speaks at a conference on gender equality at Harvard. UPCOMING: 130 words by 6 a.m.; more on merits, file photo planned.

TOP STORIES:

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-WYNN RESORTS

Women’s rights advocates say Wynn Resorts has taken some steps _ but not enough _ to transform a workplace culture that allowed sexual misconduct complaints against its founder to remain hidden for decades. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 950 words.

SODA TAXES

Nearly three decades after a U.S. state last imposed a tax on sugary drinks, Connecticut’s governor is pushing for one to help close a budget deficit and improve health _ and bracing for a fight. Statewide taxes on sugary drinks were proposed this year in states including New York, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont and California. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ BURNED BODY FOUND: A Rhode Island man convicted of shooting his mother’s boyfriend and then helping to dump in Massachusetts and burn the body has been sent to prison for the rest of his life. SENT.

_ FUGITIVE-VEHICULAR HOMICIDE: A Massachusetts man authorities say caused a fatal crash and then disappeared until he was tracked to Rhode Island several days later has waived extradition. SENT.

_ RAIMONDO RECORDS: A Rhode Island newspaper is seeking access to government documents that could shed light on two of the state’s bigger controversies. SENT.

_ NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: The Providence Board of Licenses has temporarily closed a city nightclub following an outburst of gunfire over the weekend. SENT.

_ WORLD WAR II CASUALTY: An airman from Massachusetts who died during World War II when his plane crashed in Southeast Asia has been accounted for using DNA evidence. SENT.

_ REPAIR SHOP FRAUD: Authorities say the owner of two Massachusetts auto body shops has been charged with using sledgehammers and mallets to further damage cars he was repairing in order to get higher insurance payouts. SENT.

_ UBER DRIVER ARRESTED: An Uber driver charged with raping a passenger over the weekend, including once while his vehicle was in motion, has been held on $100,000 bail. SENT.

_ SCHOOL STABBING-APPEAL: Lawyers for a Massachusetts man sentenced to life in prison in the killing of a high school classmate in 2007 are asking the state’s highest court to grant their client a new trial. SENT.

_ HYDROPOWER TRANSMISSION PROJECT: A weeklong public hearing on a much debated transmission line that would stretch through Maine to bring power to Massachusetts has begun. SENT.

_ FATAL HIT AND RUN: Authorities have publicly identified a man killed in a hit-and-run accident in Massachusetts over the weekend. SENT.

_ POTHOLE CONTEST: Residents of a Massachusetts city who report potholes to city officials could find themselves a few dollars richer. SENT.

SPORTS

HEAT-CELTICS

The Heat (38-38) arrives in Boston for its matchup with the Celtics in eighth place in the East, but with Orlando on their heels. Boston (45-32) is currently holding onto the fourth seed, but has an identical record with the Pacers. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

RED SOX-A’S

The Boston Red Sox visit the Oakland A’s. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.

RED SOX-BOGAERTS

The Boston Red Sox have signed shortstop Xander Bogaerts to a new contract that would guarantee him $132 million through 2025. SENT.

BRADY-APRIL FOOL’S

New England Patriots fans who forgot that Monday is April Fools’ Day might have been panicking when quarterback Tom Brady tweeted that he had decided to retire. SENT.

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