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

January 8, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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:

PEOPLE-MICHAEL PHELPS

Michael Phelps is picking up more hardware _ this time for what he’s been doing outside the pool. The Boston-based Ruderman Family Foundation, a leading voice in calling for more opportunities for the disabled, said Tuesday the Olympic champion is the recipient of its fifth annual Morton E. Ruderman Award in Inclusion. The foundation told The Associated Press it picked the world’s most decorated swimmer of all time to recognize his advocacy for people with disabilities and “his own journey with mental health.” By William J. Kole. SENT: 370 words, photos.

OFFSHORE DRILLING BAN

State legislators from eight states are announcing a united effort to protect their states from offshore drilling. The states are Georgia, Hawaii, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island. UPCOMING: Expected to move at about 2:30 p.m.

SPORTS BETTING-CONNECTICUT

A legislative proposal would authorize the tribes that own Connecticut’s two resort casinos to begin offering sports betting. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING 500 words by 3 p.m.

IN BRIEF:

_ OCEAN STATE JOB LOT EXPANSION: Discount retailer Ocean State Job Lot has purchased six former Toys R Us locations and agreed to a long-term lease at a seventh in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Pennsylvania. SENT.

_ BUS SERVICE LAWSUIT: A group of Providence business owners has filed a lawsuit against a series of city and state projects meant to improve bus service. SENT.

_ WIND FARM-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: The ongoing federal government shutdown is affecting the planning for a proposed wind farm project off New England’s coast. SENT.

_ CHILD INJURED-APPEAL: The Rhode Island Supreme Court has denied the appeal of a Providence woman convicted of abusing and severely injuring her 6-week-old baby. SENT.

_ FEMALE FIREFIGHTERS: A report prepared for city officials finds women remain chronically underrepresented and at times subject to an unwelcome work environment in the male-dominated Boston Fire Department. SENT.

_ STUDENT DRUG ARREST: A former Massachusetts college student prosecutors say had a duffel bag containing more than five pounds of marijuana and other drugs in his car when he was pulled over has been sentenced to probation. SENT.

_ TRAIL-SEXUAL ASSAULT: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting a woman jogging on a Connecticut recreational trail. SENT.

_ WIND FARM-GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN: The ongoing federal government shutdown is affecting the planning for a proposed wind farm project off New England’s coast. SENT.

_ FATAL SHOOTING-ARRESTS: A Massachusetts woman has been sentenced to up to seven years in state prison for her role in a fatal 2017 shooting in Chicopee. SENT.

_ BODY FOUND-SALVATION ARMY: A body has been found near a Salvation Army donation bin in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ SPRINGFIELD SHOOTING: Springfield police have made an arrest in connection with a weekend homicide. SENT.

_ WALPOLE CRASH-OFFICER INJURED: A Massachusetts police officer was flown to the hospital by helicopter after a single-car crash in Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS:

WILD-BRUINS

The Minnesota Wild visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

PATRIOTS-MCDANIELS

Patriots’ offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels says “the book is closed” on him interviewing for other open head coaching jobs and that he is committed to the Patriots moving forward. SENT: 150 words. UPCOMING: Update expected.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Brown at Canisius, 7 p.m.

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