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

August 17, 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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org. Collin Binkley is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES:

PAWSOX STADIUM

After spending more than a year trying to lure the Pawtucket Red Sox to their city, officials in Worcester say they’re planning a “major announcement.” The announcement is planned for Friday afternoon. The statement didn’t specifically mention the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate, but the team emailed Worcester’s statement to reporters. SENT: 250 words, will be updated after 2 p.m. announcement.

IN BRIEF:

— FOOD ASSISTANCE: The Rhode Island Department of Human Services says more than 1,000 people may lose their food assistance benefits due to falling unemployment rates. SENT: 130 words.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s unemployment rate ticked down to 4.1 percent in July. SENT: 130 words.

— SHARKS-RHODE ISLAND: A shark expert at the University of Rhode Island says sharks tend to bypass the state during the summer because there aren’t that many seals. SENT: 130 words.

— SEX ABUSE LAWSUITS: Two Rhode Island lawmakers are pushing again to repeal the state’s statute of limitations on sex abuse lawsuits amid reports of abuse by Catholic priests in Pennsylvania. SENT: 130 words.

— MARSHAL-TRUMP NOMINATION: A special agent and criminal investigator with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in Providence has been nominated as the new U.S. marshal for Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words.

— ARGUMENT-STABBING: Police say an argument over a woman has led to a stabbing in East Providence. SENT

— WASHINGTON BRIDGE-REHABILITATION: Rhode Island transportation officials will begin work on the Washington Bridge on Monday. SENT.

SPORTS

RAYS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox, with the best record in the majors, return to Fenway Park to open a three-game series against the Tampa Bay Rays. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

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