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 at 401-274-2270, or Mark Pratt is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or

For up-to-the minute information on AP's coverage, visit Coverage Plan at

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Confidentiality agreements have come under fire during the #MeToo movement as one way abusive men have been able to hold on to their jobs, and keep harassing more women. State lawmakers are listening. They introduced bills in at least 16 states this year that would place restrictions on the use of non-disclosure agreements in cases of sexual harassment, and six states have passed such laws, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Legal experts say it's not clear yet what the effect will be on sexual harassment in the workplace, and there could be unintended consequences. By Michelle R. Smith. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— URI-SHIP AGROUND: A research vessel in the Canadian Arctic carrying four people from the University of Rhode Island had run aground but school officials are saying all four people are safe. SENT.

— FATAL FALL: Authorities in Rhode Island say a man died over the weekend after falling from the bucket of a tree trimming truck. SENT.



Everyone's still chasing the New England Patriots in the AFC East. Many of the faces change every year in Miami, Buffalo, New York — and even in Foxborough — but Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are constants in the division. So are AFC East titles for the Patriots. They've won nine in a row, and 14 of the last 15. And, it certainly appears they're an excellent bet to add to that haul this season. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 6 p.m.

If you have stories of regional or statewide interest, please email them to

If you have photos of regional or statewide interest, please send them to the New York Photo Desk at 888-273-6867, via FTP or via email to

For access to AP Newsroom and other technical issues, contact AP Customer Support at or 877-836-9477