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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Coverage Advisory, RI

January 17, 2019

Good morning. 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 reporter Jennifer McDermott at 401-274-2270, or jmcdermott@ap.org and approvidence@ap.org.

Mark Pratt is on the desk until 4:30 p.m. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Rhode Island’s governor submits her budget proposal to lawmakers. UPCOMING: 130 words by 9 a.m., followed by 400 words at 5 p.m.


When Sen. Elizabeth Warren took the stage earlier this month at this city’s ornate Orpheum Theatre, Tricia Currans-Sheehan posed a pointed question to the expected presidential contender. “Why did you undergo the DNA testing and give Donald Trump more fodder to be a bully?” the Iowa college professor asked, referring to a genetic analysis the Massachusetts Democrat released last fall to rebut President Donald Trump’s repeated jabs about her Native American ancestry. SENT: 1,200 words, photos


_ NORWEGIAN AIR-CREW BASE: Low-cost carrier Norwegian Air has announced it is closing its crew base at T.F. Green Airport in Rhode Island. SENT.

_ TEEN GIRL SHOT: The man suspected of shooting a 16-year-old Lawrence girl in the head has been captured after nearly a week on the run. SENT.

_ 911 TEXTS: Massachusetts cellphone users can now text 911 for help. The state 911 Department said in an announcement Wednesday that all emergency call centers now have the ability to receive a text. SENT.



The St. Louis Blues visit the Boston Bruins. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The World Series champion Red Sox gather for the 80th Boston BBWAA annual dinner. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words.


The Patriots were unbeatable at home this season, going 8-0 during the regular season and rolling past the Chargers in the divisional round. Going on the road has been a different story during the Tom Brady era. Brady is 8-4 all-time in AFC championship game with a 6-1 record at home. But he’s just 2-3 on the road, with both wins coming at Pittsburgh during 2001 and 2004 seasons. The Patriots will also have to deal with what could be the coldest temperature for a game in Arrowhead Stadium history. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m., photos.


Joe Montana was the quarterback the last time the Kansas City Chiefs reached the AFC title game. Len Dawson was under center the last time they played in the Super Bowl. For one of the NFL’s proudest franchises, the wait to reach this weekend has been a long one, and the chance to hoist the Lamar Hunt Trophy _ named after the Chiefs’ founder _ has the city on the edge of its collective seat. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 6 p.m. ET.


A look at the matchups between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC championship game. By Pro Football Writer Barry Wilner. For Weekend Use: 1,000 words, photos


Offense wins championships in the new NFL. For the first time since the league expanded to 32 teams in 2002, none of the teams playing in the conference title game have a defense ranked in the top 10 in total yards. Only New England is among the top 10 in fewest points allowed. But, the Chiefs, Patriots, Saints and Rams do possess the four most prolific offenses in the league. That’s the first time the four highest-scoring teams play for the conference championship during the Super Bowl era. SENT: 700 words, photos.


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