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

January 4, 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.

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

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

BEACON HILL

The 191st session of the Massachusetts Legislature and the 116th U.S. Congress were both sworn in this week _ and Gov. Charlie Baker was quick to draw a sharp distinction between Washington and Beacon Hill. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 600 words by noon.

TOP STORIES:

BORDER PHONE SEIZURE

A Nigerian man living in Rhode Island is facing charges in Vermont after U.S. agents seized his phone at the Canadian border and he refused to leave the port of entry without it. The Caledonian Record reports 50-year-old Adegbuyi Adeyemi, of Providence, appeared in Vermont court Thursday, a day after he was arrested at the Derby Line port of entry from Canada. SENT: 275 words.

RHODES SCHOLAR-DACA RECIPIENT

A Harvard student who became the first “dreamer” to receive a Rhodes Scholarship says the joy of that achievement has given way to uncertainty. Immigrant activists and the Rhodes organization say 22-year-old Jin Park risks not being allowed back in the U.S. if he studies at Oxford this year. The Trump Administration has stopped approving travel abroad for DACA recipients as it seeks to phase out the controversial Obama-era program that protects certain young immigrants from deportation. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 800 words, photos, video.

STEVE WYNN LAWSUIT

A Nevada judge is being asked let the Massachusetts Gaming Commission release a report on allegations of sexual misconduct against former casino mogul Steve Wynn. A decision could affect a decision on a pending license for a $2 billion casino and hotel being built near Boston. Wynn has denied allegations of misconduct and sued in November to keep the report from going public. UPCOMING: 450 words noon ET hearing.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN-IOWA

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts is making her first visit to Iowa as a likely presidential candidate, testing how her brand of fiery liberalism plays in the nation’s premier caucus state. By Thomas Beaumont. SENT: 340 words, photos.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-FEDERAL EMPLOYEES

As the government’s partial shutdown pushed toward a third week, hundreds of thousands of federal workers are feeling the financial pinch. They’re calling mortgage companies, hoping for a break, and weighing the risks of letting other bills go unpaid. They’re reheating leftovers and turning down the thermostat to save a few bucks. They’re looking into applying for loans or unemployment insurance. SENT: 1,400 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION: Rhode Island’s governor has released a list of donors for the inaugural festivities. Sent.

_ JUDGE THREATENED: Rhode Island State Police have arrested a lawyer with a suspended license for allegedly threatening a state Supreme Court justice. SENT.

_ CICILLINE-ETHICS RULES: Congressman David Cicilline says the U.S. House of Representatives has adopted his proposal to require ethics training for lawmakers. SENT.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-LANGEVIN: Congressman Jim Langevin says it’s “past time” to reopen national parks, restore small business loans and pay the federal law enforcement officers who are working without compensation. SENT.

_ BENEFITS SYSTEM: Rhode Island has met a court-mandated benchmark for the state’s benefits system following the system’s disastrous rollout in 2016. SENT.

_ STRIP CLUB CLOSURE: Rhode Island’s Supreme Court says one of New England’s best-known strip clubs, the Foxy Lady, may reopen for now. SENT.

_ SNEAKER PURCHASE STABBING: Police in Massachusetts are looking for a New Hampshire man they say stabbed a 17-year-old boy during an attempt to steal a pair of expensive sneakers. SENT.

_ HISTORIC RESTAURANT CLOSING: A nearly 200-year-old Boston restaurant famous for its traditional Yankee fare and surly wait staff has announced that it is shutting down. SENT.

_ ENGAGED COUPLE KILLED: Massachusetts man prosecutors say prompted a car race and violent crash in which an engaged couple died, and caught it all on video, has pleaded not guilty to vehicular homicide. SENT.

_ CHILD PORN-DOLL: A Massachusetts man police say owned a child-like sex doll has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on child pornography charges. SENT.

_ BODY FOUND-NEW HAMPSHIRE: A judge in Massachusetts has held a 21-year-old woman charged with killing a high school classmate and dumping the body in New Hampshire without bail. SENT.

_ FATAL CRASH: Maine State Police say a Massachusetts woman has died in a crash involving a tractor-trailer. SENT.

_ BOYFRIEND KILLED: A Massachusetts woman who stabbed her boyfriend 21 times then waited hours before calling police has been sentenced to life in prison. SENT.

_ TWO FOUND DEAD: Two people have been found dead in a home in Northampton, Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS:

MAVERICKS-CELTICS

The Dallas Mavericks visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

AFC PLAYOFF PICTURE

For the first time in a decade, the top seed in the AFC playoffs goes to a team not led by Tom Brady or Peyton Manning, but by Patrick Mahomes, the Kansas City Chiefs’ second-year sensation. A look at all six teams’ strengths and weaknesses heading into the playoffs. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 1,400 words.

DOLPHINS COACHING SEARCH

The Miami Dolphins have begun their search for a coach who’s ready to lose this year. New England Patriots linebackers coach Brian Flores, the first candidate to interview for the Dolphins’ job, met with them Friday. Owner Stephen Ross is seeking a replacement for Adam Gase, and wants to rebuild after a 7-9 season. SENT: 420 words.

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