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

May 9, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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SCHOOL LUNCH DEBT

A Rhode Island school district has reversed its decision to serve cold sandwiches instead of hot lunches to students whose families owe lunch money. Warwick schools said this week it would serve sunflower butter and jelly sandwiches to students whose families are in arrears, sparking a public backlash and upsetting the mayor, who asked the school committee to reconsider. SENT: 250 words.

UBER-LYFT STRIKE

A strike by Uber and Lyft drivers in cities across the United States this week caused barely a ripple to passengers looking to catch a ride, highlighting the challenges in launching a labor movement from scratch in an industry that is by nature decentralized. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 900 words, photos.

TRUMP-RED SOX

For decades, championship teams have visited the White House in a moment of ritual and tradition. Athletic excellence is celebrated, lame jokes are told and the president is given yet another jersey bearing his name. Under President Donald Trump, though, the visits often have become politicized, featuring athlete protests and, in the case of the Boston Red Sox, raising questions about a racial divide. SENT: 950 words, photos. UPCOMING: White House event scheduled for 3:45 p.m.

AUTO AUCTION CRASH

The owner of a Massachusetts auto auction where five people were killed _ including two from Rhode Island _ when a vehicle driven by an unlicensed driver plowed into a crowd has pleaded not guilty to five counts of manslaughter. James Lamb, owner of the Lynnway Auto Auction in Billerica was released on personal recognizance after his arraignment Thursday. SENT: 300 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ SEX TRAFFICKING SCHEME: A former supervisor at a Rhode Island group home that contracted with the state child welfare agency has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex trafficking a 17-year-old girl in Rhode Island, Massachusetts and New York. SENT.

_ POWER PLANT: State environmental officials say a proposed power plant in Rhode Island will comply with federal and state air quality standards and they’ve prepared a draft permit. SENT.

_ SCHOOL CLOSED-CARBON MONOXIDE: An elementary school in Rhode Island has been closed temporarily after three students were sickened by carbon monoxide. SENT.

_ COLLEGE SPRINKLER PROBLEM: Several hundred college students at Rhode island were evacuated from their dorm in the middle of finals after a broken sprinkler caused extensive water damage. SENT.

_ EXCESSIVE FORCE LAWSUIT: A Massachusetts city has agreed to pay nearly a quarter of a million dollars to settle a civil rights lawsuit brought by a man who says Fall River police used excessive force and fractured his leg. SENT.

_ POLICE OFFICERS-RAPE CHARGES: Two Springfield, Massachusetts police officers have been acquitted of charges that they raped the same woman. SENT.

_ EX-PITCHER-MEDICAL SETTLEMENT: A former major league pitcher has agreed to accept a $5.1 million settlement from Massachusetts General Hospital and a doctor he says caused his career-ending spine injury. SENT.

_ FALLING BRICKS: Police say a woman suffered minor injuries when she was struck by bricks that fell from the facade of a residential building in Boston. SENT.

_ PEDESTRIAN KILLED: Relatives of a Massachusetts woman struck and killed by a driver who admitted looking at his cellphone seconds before the crash say they are outraged by what they consider a lenient sentence. SENT.

_ SCALLOP RESEARCH: The federal government says a program that sells scallops to pay for marine science will include a study of how shellfish harvesting impacts sea turtles in this year’s projects. SENT.

SPORTS

HURRICANES-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins play the Hurricanes in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. The big question is who will be in net for Carolina: Petr Mrazek, who started the first nine games of the playoffs, or Curtis McElhinney, who has won three straight since Mrazek was injured. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

CELTICS WRAPUP

Anointed in the preseason as the Eastern Conference favorite the Celtics didn’t live up to their championship expectations in 2018-19, thumped 4-1 in the second round of the playoffs by the Bucks. Boston now enters a pivotal offseason with Kyrie Irving and Al Horford both holding player options to return and key reserves Terry Rozier and Marcus Morris entering free agency. After a season in which chemistry was an issue, it leaves team president Danny Ainge with some tough decisions. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

ON BASKETBALL-KYRIE

Now that the Boston Celtics are out of the playoffs, speculation about free agent Kyrie Irving’s future begins. SENT: 700 words, photos.

REVOLUTION-FRIEDEL OUT

The New England Revolution have fired coach Brad Friedel after just two wins so far this season. The team announced Thursday that assistant coach Mike Lapper will take over as interim coach. SENT.

BIG EAST-CBS

The Big East Conference has reached a multi-year agreement with CBS Sports to televise its men’s college basketball games through the 2024-25 season. Games will be shown on CBS and on the CBS Sports Network. SENT: 180 words.

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