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

March 22, 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

EDUCATION SPENDING

Competing proposals to pump more state dollars into low-income school districts gets a hearing before a key legislative committee. Among those expected to testify at the Statehouse Friday are Republican Gov. Charlie Baker, Democratic lawmakers and the socially-active McCourty twins from the New England Patriots. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words by 4 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ LAWMAKER ADMONISHED: A Rhode Island state representative who admits he voted in the place of another legislator has been given a “letter of admonishment,” but will not face further punishment. SENT.

_ PONZI SCHEME: A Boston hedge fund manager who scammed millions of dollars from friends, family and other investors in what authorities say was a Ponzi scheme has been sent to prison for more than 14 years. SENT.

_ VETERAN-HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA: A 94-year-old World War II veteran has received his high school diploma — 74 years after he would have gotten had he not enlisted. SENT.

REPPING YOUR SON

It didn’t take long for TJ Linta to select an agent for a potential pro football career. “After an exhausting search, I finally settled on JLSPORTS,” he says with a laugh. The agent there is one Joe Linta, TJ’s father. And also the former Brown quarterback’s coach in high school. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. SENT: 900 words, photos.

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