Good afternoon. 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 approvidence@ap.org. Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING

Rhode Island's senate president is hailing the Supreme Court's decision to let states legalize sports betting. Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio had already introduced a bill that would allow gambling at facilities where it has been approved, like Twin River in Lincoln and new a casino in Tiverton. He said Monday that legalized gambling would bring in critical revenue. SENT: 138 words.

IN BRIEF:

—RETURN OF THE COTTONTAIL: University of New Hampshire scientists have developed a method to estimate the abundance of New England cottontails, whose populations have been declining over the past 50 years. SENT: 135 words.

— HIT-AND-RUN ARREST: Police have made an arrest in connection with a hit-and-run last month that seriously injured a Westerly teen riding a bicycle. SENT: 138 words.

— UNCLAIMED PROPERTY: Rhode Island is mailing more than 8,000 checks worth a combined $1.3 million to state residents who have unclaimed property. SENT: 122 words.

— SKYSCRAPER PROJECT: The Providence City Plan Commission is scheduled to vote on zoning regulations that could usher in the tallest building in Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words.

— TOURISM: New Hampshire tourism officials are using digital billboards, wall advertisements, and college fairs to attract potential visitors in other states. SENT: 135 words.

SPORTS:

ATHLETICS-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox return to Fenway Park to open a series against the Oakland A's. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

SOUTH CAROLINA HALL-ALLEN

Two-time NBA champion Ray Allen has loved watching former teammate LeBron James put on a shot in the playoffs, even if it now means the Cleveland forward is matched against the Boston Celtics, who Allen helped to an NBA title in 2008. Allen, who played high school ball in the Palmetto State, heads the newest group of inductees into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words by 5 p.m.

BKN--CAVALIERS-CELTICS

BOSTON — The Celtics entered last season's conference finals matchup with Cleveland coming off a seven-game slug fest with Washington and carrying the emotional baggage of helping Isaiah Thomas cope following his sister's death. Neither is a factor this time around for a rested and confident group that dominated the Cavaliers in Game 1. Boston expects LeBron James to be better going forward but says its blueprint of attacking the Cavs head-on won't change. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. EDT, photos.

BKN--ALLEN-WATCHING LEBRON

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Two-time NBA champion Ray Allen says he has enjoyed watching the NBA playoffs and former teammate LeBron James put on a show during during the postseason. Allen, who won an NBA title with the Boston Celtics and another with James in Miami, played high school ball in the Palmetto State. He heads the newest group of inductees into the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame on Monday. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words by 5 p.m.

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