AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, RI
Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island.
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
CIVICS EDUCATION LAWSUIT
Public school students and parents are suing Rhode Island’s governor and education officials in federal court, saying the state fails to prepare young people to fully participate in civic life. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, asks the court to confirm the constitutional right of all public school students to a civics education. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.
A canary in a coal mine? How about a flounder in a harbor? Offering a rare bit of good environmental news, scientists have documented a dramatic rebound in flounder health they say shows how once horribly polluted Boston Harbor has cleaned up its act. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 p.m., photo planned.
— VETERAN-NEW ROOF: A program seeking to help veterans as thanks for their service in the military has provided a new roof for the home of a woman living in Rhode Island. SENT.
— CHILD PORNOGRAPHY ARREST: Rhode Island State Police have arrested a Cumberland man they allege possessed child pornography and tried to solicit sex with a person he thought was a 13-year-old girl. SENT.
The Patriots (8-3) have been dominant in December under Bill Belichick, going 64-13 during his tenure. Three of their final five games are at home, beginning with a matchup with Minnesota (6-4-1). The Vikings, winners of two out of their last three, are the first of just two playoff-positioned teams remaining on New England’s schedule. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. For Weekend Use.
The Boston Bruins play host to the New York Islanders. Game starts at 7 p.m.
Willie Naulls, the former UCLA star who was a four-time All-Star with the New York Knicks and won three NBA championships with the Boston Celtics, has died. He was 84. SENT: 450 words.
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