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

February 9, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

SCHOOL SHOOTING-RED FLAG LAWS

In the year since the deadly mass shooting at a Florida high school, more and more states have passed laws making it easier to take guns away from people who may be suicidal or bent on violence against others, and courts are issuing an unprecedented number of seizure orders across the country. Supporters say these “red flag” laws are among the most promising tools to reduce the nearly 40,000 suicides and homicides by firearm each year in the U.S. By Ryan J. Foley. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

_ With SCHOOL SHOOTING-RED FLAG LAWS-RHODE ISLAND: Law enforcement officials are using a new Rhode Island law that allows them to petition to take away guns from people who may pose a threat to themselves or others. SENT: 130 words.

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN

Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren made her bid for the presidency official on Saturday in working-class Lawrence, grounding her 2020 campaign in a populist call to fight economic inequality and build “an America that works for everyone.” Warren delivered a sharp call for change at her presidential kickoff, decrying a “middle-class squeeze” that has left Americans crunched with “too little accountability for the rich, too little opportunity for everyone else.” By Elana Schor. SENT: 830 words, photo.

BEACON HILL

Using a different procedure, supporters of the so-called millionaire tax are again mounting an effort to put the proposed constitutional amendment before Massachusetts voters. The measure that calls for a 4 percent surtax on the portion of an individual’s annual income above $1 million was headed for the 2018 ballot before it was struck down by the state’s highest court on constitutional grounds. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 700 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ STRIPPERS-STOLEN POLICE GUN: Police and court records say two Rhode Island strip club dancers charged with stealing a Boston police officer’s gun are alleging the officer paid them $2,500 for sex. SENT.

_ PANHANDLING BILL: A group of Rhode Island lawmakers is trying once again to get a bill passed to fine motorists who give money to panhandlers. Cranston Democratic Rep. Charlene Lima introduced it Thursday with four Democratic co-sponsors. SENT.

_ MENTAL HEALTH-CHILDREN: A federal judge has criticized Massachusetts for being too slow to provide mental health services to low-income children. SENT.

_ PATRIOTS FANS-LOMBARDI TROPHY: New England Patriots fans still reveling in the team’s sixth Super Bowl championship can get their picture taken with the Vince Lombardi Trophy. The Super Bowl 53 trophy will be on display for fan photos on Saturday and Sunday at the Patriots Hall of Fame next to Gillette Stadium. SENT.

_ FATAL HIT-AND-RUN: Massachusetts police are looking for a driver whose pickup truck struck two women in a crosswalk, killing one of them and injuring the other. SENT.

_ TRIBE ELECTION: A Massachusetts tribe is holding elections for its main governing body. Six seats on the 11-member Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Council are up for election Sunday. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS SENATE-CONVERSATIONS: The Massachusetts Senate is taking its show on the road. The Senate has launched what it’s calling its “Commonwealth Conversations 2019-2020 Tour.” SENT.

_ BREWERY-FARM PURCHASE: A small but highly-regarded Massachusetts craft beer brewer has purchased a working farm in Connecticut where it plans to grow crops, build fermentation facilities and make cider. SENT.

SPORTS:

CLIPPERS-CELTICS

The Los Angeles Clippers visit the Boston Celtics. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.

KINGS-BRUINS

The Los Angeles Kings visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game started at 1 p.m.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Providence at St. John’s, Noon. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Dayton at Rhode Island, 4 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Princeton at Brown, 6 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

Bryant at St. Francis (Pa.), 7 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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