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

January 7, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY

Lawyers for Kevin Spacey entered a not guilty plea on his behalf in Massachusetts court Monday on charges he groped an 18-year-old busboy in 2016. The disgraced actor was arraigned on a charge of felony indecent assault and battery during a hearing at Nantucket District Court. The judge set another hearing for March 4. Spacey does not have to appear, the judge ruled, but said he needs to be available by phone. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 560 words, photos.

With: SEXUAL MISCONDUCT-KEVIN SPACEY-THE LATEST

SUPREME COURT-KENNEDY COUSIN

The Supreme Court announced Monday that it is leaving in place a decision that vacated a murder conviction against Kennedy cousin Michael Skakel. Skakel was convicted in 2002 of the 1975 bludgeoning death of Martha Moxley, who lived across the street from the Skakel family in Greenwich, Connecticut, and whose body was found in her family’s backyard. Both Skakel and Moxley were 15 at the time of her death. By Jessica Gresko and Dave Collins. SENT: 650 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ MIGRANT CHILD DEATH-RHODE ISLAND: The Democratic co-chair of a U.S. House committee says he will be part of a delegation investigating the death of a migrant child in U.S. custody. SENT.

_ WOMAN KILLED-LIABILITY CLAIM: The family of a Rhode Island woman killed when she was struck by a car after she fell when her walker got stuck in a sidewalk hole is seeking liability damages from the city of Woonsocket. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: The price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island dropped 4 cents in the past week to its lowest level in about a year and a half. SENT.

_ ARMY RING RETURNED: Rhode Island police say a U.S. Army gold ring lost by its owner two years ago has been returned. SENT.

_ CRASH-POLICE CRUISER: Police in Providence say a man was driving under the influence when he crashed into a police cruiser. SENT.

_ CAR ON TRACKS: Police say the driver of a car that crashed on the train tracks in Providence has died. SENT.

_ NATIONAL GRID-LOCKOUT: Natural gas workers for National Grid have ratified a new contract with the utility, ending a six-month lockout. SENT.

_ EXXONMOBIL-CLIMATE LAWSUIT: The U.S. Supreme Court has refused to hear a bid by ExxonMobil meant to block an investigation by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey into whether the company misled investors and consumers about what it knew about the link between fossil fuels and climate change. SENT.

_ BOSTON MARATHON-SURVIVOR STRUCK: A woman who lost a leg in the Boston Marathon bombing in 2013 is in the hospital after being struck by a car. SENT.

_ BOSTON MAYOR-HOUSING BILLS: Boston Mayor Martin Walsh is unveiling a legislative package he says will improve housing security. SENT.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING-TAUNTON: Police are investigating the city of Taunton’s first homicide since 2016. SENT.

_ BRIDGE SPIKES-HOMELESS: A Massachusetts town is asking the state Department of Transportation to remove spikes that were recently installed underneath a bridge to keep homeless people from sleeping there. SENT.

_ BOY SAVES GRANDFATHER: A 9-year-old boy is being credited for jumping into action as his grandfather was suffering a life-threatening medical emergency in Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS:

NETS-CELTICS

The Brooklyn Nets visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING; 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

PATRIOTS

The Patriots begin their preparations for a divisional-round matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers. The last playoff meeting between the teams was the 2007 AFC championship game, won by New England. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. With photos.

CHARGERS-ON TO NEW ENGLAND

The Los Angeles Chargers got their first postseason win in five years by beating the youngest QB to start a playoff game. Their next challenge is having to go on the road and beat the most experienced postseason QB of them all. By Joe Reedy. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos.

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