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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Coverage Advisory, RI

October 3, 2018

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 approvidence@ap.org. Mark Pratt is on the desk until 4:30 p.m. 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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

BUS DRIVER STRIKE

Advocates for students with disabilities say the city of Providence has a legal obligation to provide transportation while bus drivers are on strike. The strike enters its fifth day Wednesday. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits.

BALLOT QUESTION-NURSE STAFFING

A state agency that monitors health care costs planned on Wednesday to release an analysis of a November ballot question which mandates minimum staffing levels for nurses in Massachusetts hospitals. Supporters of Question 1 have been sharply critical of the Health Policy Commission for injecting itself into the ballot campaign. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

FISHING SHARES-CANADA

American fishermen are losing thousands of pounds of valuable fishing quota under a new catch share agreement with Canada. Fishermen from the U.S. and Canada seek haddock, cod and flounder on Georges Bank, which is a critical fishing ground east of New England. UPCOMING: 130 words by noon, 350 words by 1 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

— SCHOOL SAFETY FUNDING: The Department of Justice will be giving more than $800,000 in grants to several Rhode Island communities for school safety. SENT.

— HERRING FISHING: Fishing managers in New England are asking the federal government to take action to try to reduce the possibility of overfishing in the herring fishery. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS-CAPITALS

The Boston Bruins open the new season against the defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

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