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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest, RI

November 24, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

BEACON HILL

BOSTON — The long-awaited opening of the first recreational marijuana stores in Massachusetts was cheered by cannabis enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, but it doesn’t change the reality that workers can be fired or face disciplinary action from employers for marijuana, even when they use pot outside work, on their own time. By BOB SALSBERG. SENT: 745 words.

IN BRIEF:

— PROVIDENCE-HOLIDAY SHOPPING: Providence is again extending the holiday tradition of free street parking in several city neighborhoods to encourage shoppers to buy local.

— OPIOID OVERDOSES: A top advisor for Rhode Island’s governor is acknowledging that the state won’t reach a goal of reducing fatal drug overdoses by one third this year.

— OFFICER INJURED: A Massachusetts police officer has been struck and injured by a suspect’s car during a traffic stop.

— PLANE STRIKES BIRD: An American Airlines flight has struck a bird and been forced to make an emergency landing in Boston.

—FATAL CRASH: A Massachusetts man standing in front of his disabled pickup truck has been struck and killed on the side of a highway.

— BOSTON-CHRISTMAS TREE: Boston is getting ready to celebrate the holiday season with the lighting of the Christmas tree in the Boston Common.

— ELECTION 2018-MASSACHUSETTS TURNOUT: The state’s top elections official says more people cast ballots in the Nov. 6 election than in any previous midterm election in Massachusetts.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-MAVERICKS

DALLAS — Boston visits the Mavericks a night after the Celtics stopped a three-game losing streak with a win in Atlanta. Dallas has won five straight home games. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts 7:30 p.m. CT.

BRUINS-CANADIENS

The Boston Bruins visit the Montreal Canadiens. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BKC--STONY BROOK-RHODE ISLAND

Stony Brook plays Rhode Island at Thomas F. Ryan Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--IONA-PROVIDENCE

Iona plays Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

FBC--T25-SYRACUSE-BOSTON COLLEGE

BOSTON —Syracuse plays Boston College at Alumni Stadium. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, more on merits.

BKC--HARVARD-SAINT MARY’S

Harvard plays Saint Mary’s at McKeon Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--NORTHEASTERN-DAVIDSON

Northeastern plays Davidson at John M. Belk Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

BKC--WESTERN NEW ENGLAND-HARTFORD

Western New England plays Hartford at Chase Arena at Reich Family Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merit.

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