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

May 15, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORIES:

AUTONOMOUS SHUTTLE-POLICE

A self-driving shuttle got pulled over by police on its first day carrying passengers on a new Rhode Island route. Providence Police Chief Hugh Clements said an officer pulled over the odd-looking autonomous vehicle because he had never seen one before. The vehicle, operated by Michigan-based May Mobility, was dropping off passengers Wednesday morning at Providence’s Olneyville Square when a police cruiser arrived with blinking lights and a siren. By Matt O’Brien. SENT: 380 words, photos.

TRUMP-INDIAN CASINO

The House has approved a bill reaffirming the right of a Massachusetts tribe to hold land in trust, a crucial step to building a $1 billion casino. The bill, approved 275-146, would allow the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe to hold 321 acres of reservation land in trust, despite a decision by the Trump administration that threatens its control. SENT.

OPIOID DEATHS-MASSACHUSETTS

Opioid-related deaths are continuing to decline in Massachusetts, falling about 4% from 2016 to 2018. Despite the decline, state health officials say there were still 497 confirmed and estimated opioid-related overdose deaths in the first three months of 2019 _ a rate of more than five deaths a day. SENT: 350 words.

BOSTON GLOBE THREATS

A California man who threatened to kill employees of The Boston Globe after the newspaper called on media organizations nationwide to denounce President Trump’s attacks on the media has pleaded guilty. SENT: 250 words.

DISTRACTED DRIVING

Legislation being debated by the Massachusetts House of Representatives would bar motorists from using hand-held cellphones while behind the wheel. The proposal would also ramp up the collection of data on traffic stops around the state to guard against racial profiling by police. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words.

NORTHERN PASS

Lawyers for a company that lost a bid to build a project to bring hydropower from Canada to markets in southern New England, as well as project opponents, are scheduled to make their case before the New Hampshire Supreme Court. By Michael Casey. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ ADULT CLUB PROSTITUTION: The third of three dancers from a famous Rhode Island strip club who had been charged with prostitution has been cleared. SENT.

_ PRISON GUARD-INMATE SEX: A Rhode Island prison guard has been has been charged with having sex with several inmates. SENT.

_ HELLS ANGELS-DRUGS: A Rhode Island man federal authorities say is a full member of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club has pleaded guilty to drug and gun charges. SENT.

_ SHOT IN SUV: The suspect in the shooting death of a man found slumped over the steering wheel of his SUV in Providence last month has been held without bail. SENT.

_ FENTANYL TRAFFICKING: A Rhode Island man who fled a traffic stop as federal investigators were about to arrest him during a drug investigation has pleaded guilty to fentanyl and cocaine trafficking charges. SENT.

_ CONNECTICUT TOLLS: A key legislative committee has advanced a bill that could lead to electronic tolls on Connecticut highways, but proponents acknowledge some details are still being worked out. SENT.

_ SURGEON-DRUNKEN DRIVING CHARGE: Authorities have charged a prominent Massachusetts doctor with driving drunk, striking three pedestrians in a crosswalk and then leaving the scene. SENT.

_BRUINS FANS-ASSAULT: Transit police in Massachusetts say four people have been arrested in connection with an assault at a T stop that occurred just hours after the Boston Bruins beat the Carolina Hurricanes in a playoff game. SENT.

_ BAKER-WALSH ROAD TRIP: Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston’s Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh embark on their long talked about “road trip” to Washington to push for more federal funding. SENT: 130 words.

_ SHARK BARRIER REJECTED: Voters in a Massachusetts town have narrowly rejected a proposal to spend $100,000 on a shark barrier at a beach where children take swimming lessons. SENT.

_ CAR DEALER SHOOTING: Prosecutors say an “interaction” at a Massachusetts used car lot led to the shooting death of a 20-year-old man and the arrest of a 67-year-old man on a murder charge. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-HURRICANES PREVIEW

Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask has been dominant in net in guiding his team to within a win of the Stanley Cup finals. By Aaron Beard. UPCOMING: 650 words and photos by 3 p.m.

LONG CUP RUNS

When Mike Rupp went on a Stanley Cup run with New Jersey in 2003, he forgot to pay his bills because nothing outside playoff hockey mattered. He’s not alone. For players who grow out long playoff beards and are involved in the madness of the NHL postseason, the grass doesn’t get cut, anything but family and hockey gets ignored because of the pursuit of the silver chalice. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, file photos.

ROCKIES-RED SOX

Colorado plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

MAGIC-BIRD AWARD

Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, whose coast-to-coast rivalry in the 1980s propelled the NBA to a new level of popularity, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hall of Famers and 1992 U.S. Olympic teammates will receive the award on June 24 at the NBA Awards, the league and Turner Sports announced Wednesday. SENT: 300 words.

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