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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest, 1:30 pm, RI

March 28, 2019

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

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TOP STORIES:

STUDENT BORROWING RIGHTS

Rhode Island’s treasurer and attorney general are calling for new legislation to protect student loan borrowers from deceptive lending practices. Treasurer Seth Magaziner and Attorney General Peter Neronha said Thursday the state needs a “student loan bill of rights” to require student loan servicers to register with the state and establish additional protections for borrowers. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 450 words, by 3:30 p.m.

TAXED BY PIGEONS

Along with all the usual liabilities and deductions, Massachusetts residents have been asked to keep something else in mind this tax season: pigeon droppings. In an unusual and at times stomach-turning appeal, the state agency MassWildlife proposed that one way to fight back against the sticky mess befouling cars and damaging bridges is for taxpayers to check a box on their tax forms to support the state’s endangered species program _ specifically peregrine falcons, which eat pigeons. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 650 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

The former head soccer coach at Yale University is expected to plead guilty to accepting bribes to help students get into the school. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 450 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated from 2 p.m. scheduled court appearance, photo planned.

BEACHED TURTLES

At a sea turtle hospital housed at an old New England shipyard, a biologist leans over a table and uses a needle to draw blood from a sick loggerhead before tagging its flailing flipper. The number of warm water turtles stuck on beaches here has risen dramatically in the past decade, according to the Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary. SENT: 950 words.

CONVERSION THERAPY

The Massachusetts Senate is scheduled to debate legislation that would ban so-called LGBT conversion therapy for minors. Supporters of the ban say the practice — which aims to alter a person’s sexual orientation — is widely discredited by medical and mental health associations and can lead to depression and suicide in young people. The House has already approved a ban. By Steve LeBlanc. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ RAIMONDO-PRISON PROPOSAL: Rhode Island prison guard union officials say Gov. Gina Raimondo’s plan to temporarily close the high security unit at the state prison could lead to instability. SENT.

_ ABORTION-RHODE ISLAND: A Rhode Island state senator has emerged as the potential swing voter that on a high-profile abortion bill. SENT.

_ GOOD NIGHT LIGHTS: An astronaut currently stationed on the International Space Station sent a special greeting to patients at a children’s hospital in Providence. SENT.

_ LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts regulators are investigating whether large marijuana companies are trying to bypass state law limiting to three the number of licenses any one company can control or own. SENT.

_ STRIP CLUB LAWSUIT: A group of dancers who have worked at a Massachusetts strip club say in a lawsuit the club violated state tip-sharing laws and forced them to pay fees to work. SENT.

_ FATAL CRASH SENTENCE: A Vermont man faces about a year in prison for his role in a crash that killed a former Massachusetts police chief. SENT.

_ SCHOOL BUS CRASH: Three children have been taken to the hospital as a precaution after a crash involving a school bus in Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-MARINERS

SEATTLE _ The World Series champion Boston Red Sox being defense of their title when they open the season on Thursday against the Seattle Mariners. Chris Sale threw the final pitch of last season for the Red Sox and will get the ball on opening day to start Boston’s title defense. By Tim Booth. UPCOMING: Game starts at 7:10 p.m. ET.

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