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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI

April 2, 2019

Good evening. 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.

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COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Hollywood stars Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin are due back in federal court on charges stemming from a far-ranging college admissions bribery scam. By Alanna Durkin Richer. UPCOMING: 300 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated from court appearances set to start at 2:30 p.m., photos, video planned.

TOP STORIES:

SPORTS BETTING-FALLING SHORT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Most states that moved quickly to legalize sports betting after a recent Supreme Court decision are still waiting for the expected payoff. Tax revenue has so far fallen far short of expectations in four of the six states where gambling on sporting events started last year, according to an Associated Press analysis. By Jennifer McDermott and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 810 words, photos.

With:

_ AP data distribution providing state legislative tracker and relevant state revenue figures

CENSUS-RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island officials say it’s critical all residents are counted during the 2020 census, so the state doesn’t lose federal funding or one of its two U.S. House seats. The Rhode Island Complete Count Committee held a rally Tuesday at the State House because counting for the census begins in one year. SENT: 300 words

OPIOID LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS

Massachusetts authorities created a false picture of the Sackler family’s role in promoting OxyContin, the Sacklers said Tuesday in their first court response to allegations that individual family members _ not just their company, Purdue Pharma _ helped fuel the deadly opioid epidemic. The Sackler family says a lawsuit filed by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey that accuses Connecticut-based Purdue Pharma and the family of hiding the risks of opioids from doctors and patients is riddled with inaccurate and misleading statements. SENT: 800 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

Wealthy parents charged in a nationwide college admissions bribery scam could also face additional criminal charges and hefty fines for deducting the bribes from their income taxes, experts say. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 800 words, photo.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN

A report by Massachusetts casino regulators has found that Wynn Resorts executives concealed for years allegations of sexual misconduct against company founder Steve Wynn. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 850 words, photos.

PLASTIC BAG BAN

A group representing supermarkets and other Massachusetts food stores is offering qualified support for a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags. A legislative committee held a public hearing Tuesday on a bill that would prohibit retailers from providing customers with the single-use carryout bags at the point of purchase. SENT: 400 words.

ELECTION 2020-CAMPAIGN HUSTLE

How many ways can you measure the first quarter of the year? For Democratic presidential candidates, it’s 300-plus events, 24 states and hundreds of voter questions. The Iowa caucus is still 10 months away, but the Democratic primary campaign is already an all-out sprint — passing eye-popping markers for campaign activity and voter engagement. Voters in Florida and Ohio may not see it, but weekends in Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada and South Carolina — not to mention a handful of select states — are a blitz of candidate rallies and local meet-and-greets. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

MARIJUANA PIONEERS-RELAXING RULES

When Washington and Colorado launched their pioneering marijuana industries in the face of U.S. government prohibition, they imposed strict rules in hopes of keeping the U.S. Justice Department at bay. Five years later, federal authorities have stayed away, but the industry says it has been stifled by over-regulation. Lawmakers in both states have heard the complaints and are moving to ease the rules. By Gene Johnson. SENT: 950 words, photos.

PEOPLE-LAVERNE COX

“Orange is the New Black” actress and transgender activist Laverne Cox speaks at a conference on gender equality at Harvard. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: More on merits.

IN BRIEF:

_ PAWSOX STADIUM: Rhode Island officials are asking for proposals to redevelop and operate a stadium when the Pawtucket Red Sox leave. SENT.

_ REPUBLICAN PARTY LEADERSHIP: A Rhode Island Republican State Central Committee member has resigned in protest over the election of the new state GOP chairwoman. SENT.

_ FIREFIGHTERS-OVERTIME PAY: A Rhode Island House of Representatives committee is poised to vote on a proposal that would expand overtime pay for firefighters. SENT.

_ BUSINESS DEFRAUDED: A Massachusetts woman has pleaded guilty to defrauding a Rhode Island technology company out of more than $550,000 in reimbursements for business expenses. SENT.

_ PROVIDENCE-ELECTRIC BIKES: Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza says the city will make 700 more electric bicycles available for rental. SENT.

_ SHERIFF-INJURY CLAIMS: Rhode Island has spent more than $50,000 in recent years to scrutinize injury claims by Rhode Island sheriffs. SENT.

_ MEASLES-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts public health officials have confirmed the state’s first case of the measles this year and say people who have not been immunized who visited the same locations as the infected person may be at risk. SENT.

_ SUBMERGED VEHICLE: Massachusetts State Police say the person pulled from a vehicle submerged eight feet deep in an East Longmeadow pond has died. SENT.

_ HOME INVASION: A Massachusetts man has been sentenced to up to 27 years in prison for his role in a 2013 home invasion. SENT.

_ DRIVING INSTRUCTOR-STUDENT TOUCHING: A Massachusetts driving instructor has pleaded not guilty to inappropriately touching three teenage girls. SENT.

_ FATAL FIRE: Police say a person found dead inside a Connecticut home destroyed by a fire last week has been identified as a 27-year-old woman from Massachusetts. SENT.

SPORTS

BRUINS-BLUE JACKETS

The Columbus Blue Jackets can clinch a playoff spot with a win over the Boston Bruins, coupled with a regulation loss by Montreal. Meanwhile, Boston is trying to secure home-ice advantage in the playoffs. By Mitch Stacy. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

RED SOX-A’S

Lefty Chris Sale, tagged for seven runs in three innings pitching opening day at Seattle, makes his second 2019 start for the Red Sox when they face Khris Davis and the Athletics. By Rob Gloster. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.

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