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

December 26, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

YEAR END-MASSACHUSETTS-TOP STORIES

2018 was a year of firsts in Massachusetts. The first stores east of Colorado selling recreational marijuana opened to great buzz and fanfare. So did the state’s first Las Vegas-style resort casino. For the first time, voters sent a black woman to Congress. And the commonwealth saw its first fatal shark attack on a person since 1936. Here’s a look back at those and other top stories. By William J. Kole. UPCOMING: 700 words by 10 a.m., photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ KILLED IN CAR: Police in Providence are investigating the death of a man shot while sitting in a car on a downtown street. SENT.

_ MARIJUANA PRODUCTS SEIZED: Rhode Island man arrested on a drug charge has been sentenced to time in a Nebraska jail. SENT.

_ MISSING WOMAN: Police in Rhode Island are searching for a 68-year-old Connecticut woman whose vehicle was found in a parking lot near the water in Westerly. SENT.

_ HOUSE FIRE: Two men were killed and a child was injured in a Christmas Day house fire in Massachusetts. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS-RUNNER SLAIN: A lawyer for the suspect in the 2016 slaying of a Google employee killed while out for a run near her mother’s Massachusetts home has asked to a judge to throw out DNA evidence in the case. SENT.

_ OFFICER KILLED-HOCKEY FUNDRAISER: A holiday hockey doubleheader in Massachusetts has helped raise about $10,000 for the family of a slain police sergeant. SENT.

_ OPIOID EPIDEMIC ART: The owner of a Connecticut art gallery known for his giant heroin spoon protest sculpture says he will close his downtown Stamford location. SENT.

SPORTS:

PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots prepare for the regular-season finale against the New York Jets on Sunday. UPCOMING: Story on merits.

SERVPRO FIRST RESPONDER BOWL

No. 12 Boise State seeks its second straight 11-win season in the SERVPRO First Responder Bowl against Boston College at historic Cotton Bowl Stadium. BC is looking for the first eight-win season under Steve Addazio. By Schuyler Dixon. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 1:30 p.m. ET.

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