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

May 14, 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.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

BOSTON GLOBE THREATS

A Los Angeles man is set to plead guilty to charges that he made a series of phone calls threatening to kill journalists at The Boston Globe. Developing from 2 p.m. court appearance.

DISTRACTED DRIVING

The Massachusetts House is expected to debate and could vote on legislation to bar motorists from using hand-held cellphones. Similar bills have cleared the state Senate in years past, but have never before come up for a final vote in the House. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4 p.m.

BAKER-WALSH ROAD TRIP

Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and Boston’s Democratic Mayor Marty Walsh embark on their long talked about “road trip” to Washington to push for more federal funding. UPCOMING: Story expected by 3 p.m.

TOP STORIES:

LABOR BILLS-GOVERNOR

Rhode Island’s governor signed legislation about public employee contracts and allowed a bill about firefighter overtime to become law without her signature on Tuesday, despite strong opposition from municipal leaders. SENT: 250 words.

ABORTION-RHODE ISLAND

A state senator who could be the deciding vote on a Rhode Island proposal to preserve federal abortion protections in state law says he’s planning to vote against it. The Senate Judiciary Committee is considering the Senate and House versions of the proposed legislation Tuesday night. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Update after vote.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

A former soccer coach at the University of Southern California has pleaded guilty to creating fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents in the college admissions bribery scheme. SENT: 580 words.

WHITEY BULGER LETTERS

Jailhouse letters from late Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger appear to contradict federal officials who said his health had dramatically improved, making him eligible for a transfer to the West Virginia prison where he was killed. SENT: 400 words, photos.

CLIMATE CHANGE-REAL ESTATE

Some research suggests rising sea levels and flooding brought by global warming are harming coastal property values, but how much is an open question. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 910 words, photos.

CYBERSECURITY MISINFORMATION

A fake Twitter account was but one piece of a vast, multilingual campaign aimed at seeding anti-Saudi, anti-Israel and anti-American stories across the internet. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

ELECTION 2020-WARREN-FOX NEWS

Democrat Elizabeth Warren is saying no to a televised town hall on Fox News, slamming the network as “a hate-for-profit racket that gives a megaphone to racists and conspiracists.” SENT: 160 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ ONE-ROOM SCHOOLHOUSE: Rhode Island’s last one-room schoolhouse will remain open at least another year. SENT.

_ AUTONOMOUS TRANSPORT: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza got to ride in the state’s first driverless-vehicle shuttle a day before the general public could take advantage of the free service. SENT.

_ MBTA UPGRADE COSTS: The cost of upgrading the Boston area public transit system’s equipment and infrastructure is now pegged at about $10 billion, nearly $3 billion more than four years ago. SENT.

_ BRUINS FANS-ASSAULT: Transit police in Massachusetts are looking for a group of men who appeared to be Boston Bruins fans they say “viciously beat” and seriously injured a man at a trolley stop. SENT.

_ FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER-ARREST: A judge set bail at $50,000 for a former New England Patriots player accused of violating a protective order. SENT.

_ SELLING FENTANYL-SENTENCE: A Massachusetts man has been convicted in New Hampshire of participating in a conspiracy to distribute fentanyl. SENT.

_ BEACH ROCK FINES: A Massachusetts town is sick of homeowners and businesses raiding its beaches for free landscaping materials, so it’s going to fine them $250. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-HURRICANES

The Boston Bruins look to take a 3-0 lead in Game 3 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final series with the Carolina Hurricanes. The Bruins won the first two in Boston by a combined 11-4 score while the Hurricanes are 5-0 on home ice in the postseason. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

ROCKIES-RED SOX

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

REVOLUTION-ARENA HIRED

The New England Revolution have hired five-time MLS Cup winner and former U.S. national coach Bruce Arena as its coach and sports director. SENT: 380 words, photo.

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