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

December 14, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

MICHAEL FLYNN

Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame. People close to him tell The Associated Press that as the possibility of prison looms, Flynn is relaxed and hopeful, eager to get through Tuesday’s sentencing and move forward. He’ll be the first official in President Donald Trump’s administration to be sentenced in the case. SENT: 1,050 words.

GAS EXPLOSIONS

The painstaking process of restoring heat and hot water to thousands of customers affected by September’s natural gas explosions in Massachusetts is winding down this week, but for many families and business owners in the Merrimack Valley, there’s a far longer road ahead. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 920 words, photos.

APPLE-NEW CAMPUSES

Apple announced plans Thursday to build a $1 billion campus in Austin, Texas, that will create at least 5,000 jobs ranging from engineers to call-center agents while adding more luster to a city that has already become a destination for tech startups and bigger companies. The company said it will also open offices in several other cities, including Boston, each employing at least 1,000 workers over the next three years. SENT: 869 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ ADULT CLUB-PROSTITUTION: A well-known Rhode Island adult entertainment club will remain closed for several more days as police and city officials investigate allegations of prostitution at the site. SENT.

_ POLICE BRUTALITY-SETTLEMENT: The state has reached a $125,000 settlement with a Rhode Island man assaulted by a state trooper, while the trooper in question is now accusing the state of conspiracy. SENT.

_ BODY CAMERA PROGRAM: Members of the Cranston Police Department will take part in a body camera pilot program to assess the benefits and feasibility of issuing body cameras to the rest of the police force. SENT.

_ ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA CANDIDATES: A judge has ruled a former candidate for governor of Rhode Island as well as a former attorney general candidate cannot get their marijuana back, saying it is still illegal even if they use it for religious services. SENT.

_ FIREFIGHTER DEATH: The city of Worcester and firefighters from across the state are paying their final respects to a Worcester firefighter who died battling a house fire last weekend. SENT.

_ STATE TROOPER-ASSAULT ALLEGATION: A Massachusetts State Police trooper has been suspended with pay while authorities investigate reports of an assault on a woman outside a Boston restaurant earlier this month. SENT.

_ NEWBURY COLLEGE CLOSING: A small liberal arts college near Boston says it’s shutting its doors after years of financial struggles. SENT.

_ EMPLOYEE FRAUD: An accountant who stole nearly $600,000 from the Massachusetts company she worked for has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. SENT.

_ DEADLY STABBING: Police are investigating a deadly stabbing in Palmer that occurred Thursday night. SENT.

_ TRUCK CRASHES INTO HOME: A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch. SENT.

SPORTS

HAWKS-CELTICS

The Atlanta Hawks visit the Boston Celtics. Game starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BRUINS-PENGUINS

The Boston Bruins visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

YANKEES-RED SOX LONDON

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will open Major League Baseball’s first series in Britain with a night game and conclude the next day in the afternoon. SENT.

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