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

May 5, 2019

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SEAWEED RULING

Members of Maine’s seaweed industry say a court ruling could dramatically change the nature of the business in the state, which has seen the harvest of the gooey algae grow by leaps and bounds this decade. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ CONGRESS-RUSSIA PROBE: A Democratic member of the House Judiciary Committee says he’s hopeful special counsel Robert Mueller will appear before the committee, noting that May 15 has been proposed. Rhode Island Rep. David Cicilline told “Fox News Sunday” that “we hope the special counsel will appear” at that time and that “we think the American people have a right to hear directly from him.” SENT.

_ CHILD WELFARE AGENCY-DEFICIT: Rhode Island’s child welfare agency predicts it will spend $18.3 million more than is budgeted for the current fiscal year. SENT.

_ AIRPORT GUN: Federal airport security authorities say they founded a loaded handgun in a carry-on bag at Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport last week. SENT.

_ AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORT: A self-driving shuttle service is launching in Providence. The “Little Roady” autonomous vehicle pilot program is scheduled to begin May 15. It’s the first service of its kind in the state. SENT.

_ CULTURAL CONVERSATION: The leaders of the two federal cultural agencies are meeting with members of Rhode Island’s congressional delegation and arts community. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET: Less than two weeks after the House signed off on a nearly $43 billion state budget, a key Senate panel is ready to weigh in on plans for spending in the next fiscal year. SENT.

_ FATHER KILLING: Testimony in the trial of a Massachusetts man charged with fatally beating and suffocating his 83-year-old father is scheduled to get underway. SENT.

_ WOOD TURTLES: Massachusetts wildlife officials are launching a three-year project to help conserve wood turtles in eastern Massachusetts. SENT.

_ DEADLY ROLLOVER: Police say one person was killed and another was hurt in an overnight rollover crash in Boston. SENT.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-WHITE SOX

Mookie Betts and the Boston Red Sox wrap up a four-game series against Tim Anderson and the Chicago White Sox. Rick Porcello starts for Boston, with Dylan Covey pitching for Chicago in place of the injured Carlos Rodon. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET.

WOMEN’S HOCKEY-WAITING GAME

More than 200 of the world’s top female players are choosing not to play professional hockey in North America at all this year in an attempt to establish an economically viable professional league. That means many players are now figuring out what to do with their time. Sitting out means not practicing or playing games. How to stay in shape is something still to be figured out. By Teresa M. Walker. SENT: 780 words, photos.

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