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

December 14, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW

BEACON HILL

Massachusetts congressman Seth Moulton says the decision by Nancy Pelosi to agree to limit her tenure as House speaker to four years will help pave the way for a new class of Democratic leaders. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 650 words by noon.

TOP STORIES:

MICHAEL FLYNN

Days away from being sentenced in the Russia probe, former national security adviser Michael Flynn is not exactly hiding his face in shame. People close to him tell The Associated Press that as the possibility of prison looms, Flynn is relaxed and hopeful, eager to get through Tuesday’s sentencing and move forward. He’ll be the first official in President Donald Trump’s administration to be sentenced in the case. SENT: 1,050 words.

OFFSHORE WIND

A lease auction of about 390,000 acres off the coast of Massachusetts for the development of offshore wind energy has drawn a record $405 million in winning bids. SENT: 530 words.

GAS EXPLOSIONS

The painstaking process of restoring heat and hot water to thousands of customers affected by September’s natural gas explosions in Massachusetts is winding down this week, but for many families and business owners in the Merrimack Valley, there’s a far longer road ahead. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 920 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN

Sen. Elizabeth Warren sought to solidify her connection with African-American voters Friday as she prepares to launch a potential presidential campaign amid criticism of her approach to race and identity. The Massachusetts Democrat visited Morgan State University in Baltimore, marking her third trip this year to a historically black college or university. It follows her widely panned October release of a DNA test meant to bolster her claim to Native American heritage. Her speech Friday offered an opportunity to regain her footing. SENT: 1,050 words, photos

IN BRIEF:

_ ADULT CLUB-PROSTITUTION: A well-known Rhode Island adult entertainment club will remain closed for several more days as police and city officials investigate allegations of prostitution at the site. SENT.

_ POLICE BRUTALITY-SETTLEMENT: The state has reached a $125,000 settlement with a Rhode Island man assaulted by a state trooper, while the trooper in question is now accusing the state of conspiracy. SENT.

_ BODY CAMERA PROGRAM: Members of the Cranston Police Department will take part in a body camera pilot program to assess the benefits and feasibility of issuing body cameras to the rest of the police force. SENT.

_ ELECTION 2018-MARIJUANA CANDIDATES: A judge has ruled a former candidate for governor of Rhode Island as well as a former attorney general candidate cannot get their marijuana back, saying it is still illegal even if they use it for religious services. SENT.

_ FIREFIGHTER DEATH: The city of Worcester and firefighters from across the state are paying their final respects to a Worcester firefighter who died battling a house fire last weekend. SENT.

_ ARMORED TRUCK GUARD SLAIN: The jury in the trial of an 82-year-old man charged in the killing of an armored truck guard in Massachusetts 27 years ago has started deliberating. SENT.

_ STATE TROOPER-ASSAULT ALLEGATION: A Massachusetts State Police trooper has been suspended with pay while authorities investigate reports of an assault on a woman outside a Boston restaurant earlier this month. SENT.

_ NEWBURY COLLEGE CLOSING: A small liberal arts college near Boston says it’s shutting its doors after years of financial struggles. SENT.

_ BABSON COLLEGE PRESIDENT: Babson College says it has chosen the former chief of Philadelphia University and co-founder of Jiffy Lube as its next president. SENT.

_ EMPLOYEE FRAUD: An accountant who stole nearly $600,000 from the Massachusetts company she worked for has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison. SENT.

_ DEADLY STABBING: Police are investigating a deadly stabbing in Palmer that occurred Thursday night. SENT.

_ TRUCK CRASHES INTO HOME: A pickup truck has smashed through a home in Massachusetts, barely missing a woman who was asleep on her couch. SENT.

SPORTS

HAWKS-CELTICS

The Atlanta Hawks visit the Boston Celtics. Game starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BRUINS-PENGUINS

The Boston Bruins visit the Pittsburgh Penguins. Game starts at 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

PATRIOTS-BRADY

Tom Brady had no reason to believe Ben Roethlisberger’s injury last week would keep him out of Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots. And it won’t. The Pittsburgh quarterback injured his ribs in the loss at Oakland, left the game but returned in the fourth quarter and threw his second touchdown pass of the game. He drove his team to a tying field goal try that failed when kicker Chris Boswell slipped _ and the Steelers lost their third straight. SENT: 650 words, photos.

STEELERS INJURIES

The Pittsburgh Steelers are hoping running back James Conner’s sprained left ankle will be ready in time to play on Sunday against New England. SENT: 250 words.

YANKEES-RED SOX LONDON

The World Series champion Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees will open Major League Baseball’s first series in Britain with a night game and conclude the next day in the afternoon. SENT.

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