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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Coverage Advisory, RI

March 13, 2019

Good morning. 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 reporter Jennifer McDermott at 401-274-2270, or jmcdermott@ap.org and approvidence@ap.org.

AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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

TOP STORIES:

AARON HERNANDEZ CONVICTION

Massachusetts’ highest court is expected to rule on whether to reinstate the murder conviction of former NFL star Aaron Hernandez. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 500 words by noon, photo.

CONVERSION THERAPY

Massachusetts lawmakers are set to debate a bill that would ban so-called “gay conversion therapy” for minors. The bill, which is up for debate Wednesday by the Massachusetts House, would make the state the 16th to ban the practice for minors. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words following debate scheduled to start at 1 p.m.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

A fast-moving college admissions scandal moved from bombshell indictments to guilty pleas in a matter of hours, yet the full fallout from the federal case against the rich and famous could take months or more to unfold. Big names such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin headline the list of some 50 people charged in documents released Tuesday that describe a scheme to cheat the admissions process at eight sought-after schools. The parents bribed college coaches and other insiders to get their children into selective schools, authorities said. SENT: 550 words, photos, video

With: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-THE LATEST

IN BRIEF:

_ POLICE CHIEF STEPS DOWN: A longtime Rhode Island police chief is stepping down. Bristol Chief Josue Canario submitted his intent to retire on Friday after 11 years heading the department. SENT.

_ PROVIDENCE MOBSTER SON: The son of the late Rhode Island mobster Frank “Bobo” Marrapese Jr. has filed a lawsuit alleging he was falsely imprisoned on a warrant for his father. SENT.

_ WEAPONS STOCKPILE: A Massachusetts man police say had several guns, ammunition, and bomb-making chemicals in his home has pleaded guilty to federal charges in the case. SENT.

_ ISLAND PRESERVATION: Voters in a Cape Cod town are considering a conservation restriction on the last private island in Pleasant Bay. SENT.

SPORTS:

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Butler vs. Providence at New York, N.Y., 7 p.m.

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