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

May 28, 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.

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Nobel laureate and former Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos delivers the commencement address to graduates of Harvard’s Kennedy School.



Many items in the Rhode Island archives, including the state’s copy of the Bill of Rights, are at risk of damage because they’re kept in a building that’s not meant for preserving rare, historic documents, according to an assessment released Tuesday. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 380 words, photos.


Massachusetts gambling companies are voicing differing views on how to regulate sports betting if state lawmakers decide to legalize the industry. Boston-based DraftKings wants the state to allow online operators to offer sports bets outright. But Massachusetts’ three casinos — MGM Springfield, Encore Boston Harbor and Plainridge Park — want the state to require online operators to partner with an established casino to get into the sports wagering business. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 400 words.


The operators of the Pilgrim nuclear plant are simulating its shutdown ahead of the actual shutdown of the aging reactor on Friday. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 500 words, photos, video planned.


Tony Horwitz, Brown University graduate, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and best-selling author of “Confederates in the Attic,” has died. He was 60. SENT: 250 words, photo.


_ WOONSOCKET SHOOTING: A Rhode Island man charged in a January shooting that led to the victim’s death months later faces a murder charge. SENT.

_ DYSLEXIA EDUCATION: A Rhode Island dyslexia advocacy group is pushing for sweeping education reforms including early screening, specific curriculum and trained specialists.

_ BEACH TRASH PROBLEM: The state and the town of Westerly are teaming up to address the trash problem at Misquamicut State Beach. SENT.

_ WRONG WAY CRASH: Police say a 48-year-old woman is in critical condition after a wrong-way crash on a highway on-ramp. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: AAA Northeast says its latest weekly survey, released Tuesday, that self-serve regular gasoline is selling for an average of $2.84 per gallon in Rhode Island.

_ TEEN GIRL DEATH: The Massachusetts man charged with giving drugs to a 13-year-old girl and then leaving her lifeless body at a hospital is scheduled to face a judge. SENT.

_ COLLEGE CLOSING: A federal judge has dismissed a class-action lawsuit brought by three students who attended a Massachusetts college that abruptly closed. SENT.

_ MEDICAID FRAUD: A former teacher who owned a home health agency has been sentenced to serve 18 months in jail for stealing about $2.5 million from the Massachusetts Medicaid program. SENT.

_ MEAT CLEAVER ROBBERY: Police in Massachusetts are looking for a man they say used a meat cleaver to rob a gas station over the weekend. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: AAA Northeast reported Tuesday that the average cost of a gallon of self-serve, regular gasoline in Massachusetts dropped 2 cents in the past week to $2.78. SENT.



The St. Louis Blues learned a tough lesson in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final about just how fast, deep and skilled the bruising Boston Bruins are. To avoid falling into a 2-0 hole in the series, they’ll have to figure out how to stop the Bruins _ or at least slow them down. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Tuukka Rask already has his name on the Stanley Cup and a championship ring from the Bruins’ 2011 title. If Boston takes home the Cup again this year, he won’t just be along for the ride. UPCOMING: 600 words.


Torey Krug got his helmet ripped off in a tussle with David Perron, but instead of going to the bench, he skated like the wind down the ice and crushed Robert Thomas with an open-ice hit. It was one of the signature moments of the Boston Bruins’ victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final and inspired “We want the Cup!” chants from fans, but next year he wouldn’t even be able to do that if a rule change goes through that would force any player who loses his helmet to go to the bench. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 700 words, photos.


The Cleveland Indians play the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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