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

March 25, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.

TOP STORY:

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Several coaches at elite universities and others charged with participating in a nationwide college admissions bribery scheme are due in Boston federal court. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Developing from 2:30 p.m. court appearance.

With: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-YALE

Yale University has rescinded the admission of a student linked to a national bribery scandal. SENT: 200 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ REPUBLICAN PARTY LEADERSHIP: The Rhode Island Republican Party is preparing to elect new leadership as it faces a fractious time in the current political landscape. SENT.

_ DEMOCRATIC PARTY LEADERSHIP: The current leader of the Rhode Island Democratic Party has been easily re-elected to another term as party leader. SENT.

_ FATHER SLAIN: A Rhode Island man charged with fatally stabbing his 70-year-old father has been arraigned on a domestic murder charge. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island has increased by 7 cents in the past week. SENT.

_ FATAL BICYCLE COLLISION: Police say a 71-year-old cyclist has died in a collision with another bicycle rider on popular recreational trail just outside Boston. SENT.

_ BOURNE BRIDGE REPAIRS: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the Bourne Bridge will be down to two lanes as repair work expected to last into late May begins. SENT.

_ TROOPER STABBED: A New Hampshire man charged with stabbing a Massachusetts state trooper after a multi-state car chase is heading to trial later this year. SENT.

_ POND RESCUE: Two 15-year-old boys have helped rescue a man who fell into a pond in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ TANGLEWOOD-POPULAR ARTISTS: Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo, Melissa Etheridge and Richard Thompson have been added to Tanglewood’s 2019 Popular Artist summer series. SENT.

SPORTS

BRUINS-LIGHTNING

The Boston Bruins seek their fifth straight win when they visit the NHL-leading Tampa Bay Lightning. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:30 p.m.

GOING GRONK

Rob Gronkowski the football player is finished. Yeah, but what about Gronk? Well, the party is about to go bazooka. Look out for Gronk gone wild, Gronk unhinged, Gronk unleashed. Without football strings attached, Gronkowski is suddenly a hot free agent year-round, his talents pitched to far more than 32 suitors, from Hollywood to endorsements to, well, whatever Gronk wants. SENT: 1,100, photos.

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