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

May 25, 2019

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

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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BOSTON _ How best to legalize sports betting in Massachusetts will be the focus of a pair of hearings at the Statehouse this week as lawmakers work to tackle the latest shift in the state’s gambling landscape. The hearings will focus on several bills that aim to regulate betting on sports events, including one filed by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker that could bring in an estimated $35 million in state revenue each year. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 675 words.


PORTLAND, Maine _ Fishermen already dealing with a dramatic reduction in the amount of a key bait fish they are allowed to harvest will likely face an additional cut next year that could drive up the price of lobster for consumers. Regulators on the East Coast are contending with a drop in the population of herring, a key forage fish species that has been used as lobster bait for generations. Cuts in catch quota this year will mean the total haul for 2019 will be less than a fifth of the 2014 harvest, which was more than 200 million pounds (90 million kilograms). By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 500 words, AP Photos.


_ BEACHES OPEN: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Most state beaches in Rhode Island are now open. The Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management says Saturday is the traditional start of the summer outdoor recreation season. SENT.

_ BROWN-HONORARY DEGREES: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Brown University is giving honorary degrees to actor John Krasinski and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns during its 251st commencement ceremony. The Ivy League university’s ceremony is scheduled for Sunday. Krasinski, a Newton, Massachusetts native, graduated from Brown in 2001. He’s also delivering the baccalaureate address to the university’s undergraduate class Saturday. SENT.

_ MEASLES WARNING- MASSACHUSETTS: BOSTON_ Health officials in Massachusetts say a child has tested positive for measles after visiting a number of locations in the Boston area that could have resulted in exposure to other people. The Massachusetts Department of Public Health confirmed Saturday that the child was diagnosed Thursday. SENT.

_ BODY FOUND: WORCESTER, Mass._ Police say a body has been found at a Little League field in Worcester. Police say they’re investigating after the man was found at the field used by the Ted Williams Little League in Beaver Brook Park early Saturday morning. SENT.

_ TEEN GIRL DEATH: LAWRENCE, Mass. _ Police have arrested a man in connection with the death of a 13-year-old girl who was dropped off at Lawrence General Hospital. Police say 47-year-old Carlos Rivera, of Lawrence, was arrested early Saturday and charged with indecent assault and battery on a child and distribution of drugs to a minor. SENT.

_ MINIMUM WAGE: HARTFORD, Conn. _ Gov. Ned Lamont says he expects to sign a bill in the coming days that incrementally increases Connecticut’s minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2023. The Democrat says the bill may be signed into law on Tuesday or Wednesday, calling it an important bill. SENT.

_ SPRING PLANTING POW-WOW: MARSHFIELD, Mass. _ The Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness is holding its annual Spring Planting Moon Pow-Wow this weekend. The event Saturday and Sunday at the Marshfield Fairgrounds will feature traditional crafts, dances and cultural demonstrations that celebrate the history of the area’s Native Americans. SENT.



HOUSTON _ David Price will pitch for Boston as the Red Sox continue a three-game series with the Houston Astros. Houston won the opener 4-3. By Jeremy Rakes.


BOSTON _ Bruce Cassidy waited 13 years from his first, unsuccessful, NHL head coaching job with the Washington Capitals before he got a second chance with the Boston Bruins. Craig Berube spent three full seasons after being fired by the Philadelphia Flyers for his next opportunity, which came again as an interim coach for the St. Louis Blues. Cassidy was a finalist for the Jack Adams Award last season, Berube is this season and their teams meeting in the Stanley Cup Final is a reminder of how a coach can evolve from his first job to his second. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.


The DC United plays at the New England Revolution. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


DURHAM, N.C. _ North Carolina faces 12th-seeded Boston College in the semifinals of the Atlantic Coast Conference Tournament. UPCOMING: 150-words from 1 p.m. start.


ST. LOUIS _ Stanley Jackson and buddy Steven Crow can be excused if they tend to watch their beloved St. Louis Blues with their hands over their eyes, just waiting for the next thing to go wrong. So when the Blues beat the San Jose Sharks in Game 7 to earn their first berth in the Stanley Cup Final since 1970, a rematch with the Boston Bruins 49 years in the making, the two old friends couldn’t hold back. By Jim Salter. SENT: 950 words, AP Photos.


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