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 Collin Binkley is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or

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A popular Republican incumbent who seems almost unbeatable. Two little-known Democrats vying for attention and a spot on the November ballot. An ultra-conservative GOP challenger. It all may sound like a political scenario in a red state, but this is actually the current state of play for the governor's race in deep-blue Massachusetts. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.


The Justice Department has sided with Asian-American students suing Harvard University over its consideration of race in its admissions policy. It's the latest step in the Trump administration's effort to encourage race-neutral admissions practices. The Justice Department said the school has failed to demonstrate that it does not discriminate on the basis of race. Harvard fired back, saying it does not discriminate and will fight to defend its right to use race as a factor in admissions. SENT: 600 words, photo.


— PEOPLE-MICHELLE KWAN: Olympic figure skater Michelle Kwan has sold her Rhode Island estate. SENT.

— BUS DRIVERS-STRIKE THREAT: Providence school bus drivers are threatening to strike only days before students head back to school. SENT.

— RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR-DEBATE: Two Rhode Island Democratic candidates for governor have battled each other at debates where incumbent Gov. Gina Raimondo was noticeably absent. SENT.

— HOT WEATHER-SCHOOLS: Several school districts across Rhode Island will close early due to anticipated high temperatures. SENT.

— SNOW DAYS-VIRTUAL LEARNING: A Rhode Island school district is looking to become the first in the state to offer virtual learning days rather than canceling school due to snow. SENT.

— COYOTE ATTACK: Authorities in Rhode Island are warning residents after a coyote snatched a small dog snatched from a backyard. SENT.

— STREET MUSICIAN STABBED: Police in Rhode Island worked quickly to arrest two people they say stabbed a street musician during an attempted robbery. SENT



The Boston Red Sox visit the Chicago White Sox for the opener of a four-game series. Rick Porcello pitches for major league-leading Boston, and Lucas Giolito gets the ball for Chicago. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 8:10 p.m. ET.


The New England Patriots play the New York Giants in a pre-season NFL game. Game starts at 7 p.m.


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