AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 6 pm, RI
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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or email@example.com. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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US NAVY STRATEGY
U.S. Navy leaders are in Rhode Island to strategize with scholars about how technology and innovation will affect the nation’s security. By Jennifer McDermott. Upcoming 3 a.m. with photo.
US RHODE ISLAND BUDGET
Lawmakers discuss Rhode Island’s budget proposal, which was unveiled late Friday. Upcoming 200 words following 3 p.m. meeting, more on merits.
NURSING HOMES- MEDICAID
Rhode Island nursing homes say they are reeling from a substantial funding cut revealed in lawmakers’ latest budget proposal. The $9.6 billion budget proposal was unveiled late Friday and includes an 8.5 percent cut in Medicaid payments to nursing facilities over nine months. Rhode Island Health Care Association president Virginia Burke says the cut would cost facilities close to $30 million and would result in facility closures and layoffs. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 439 words.
The effort to expand early voting in Rhode Island appears headed for an impasse for the fifth year in a row. Advocates for the bill say they remain hopeful lawmakers will revisit the measure, but legislative leaders demurred when asked whether it would be considered again. Some cities and town are worried they would have to bear the costs of the new procedure, but there’s another thing holding the bill back: Lawmakers are worried about their own elections. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 380 words.
RHODE ISLAND BUDGET
Gov. Gina Raimondo has lent her support to the recently unveiled House budget plan. The Democratic governor told WLNE-TV the proposal looks like a “good budget.” Democratic Senate President Dominick Ruggerio also voiced support for the plan. The House released its budget Friday. It is expected to vote on it this week. SENT: 130 words.
REVOLUTIONARY WAR SHIP BURNING
A new exhibition that highlights Rhode Island’s role in helping spark the American Revolution has opened at the state archives. The archives in Providence created an exhibition about how Rhode Island colonists burned a British ship, the HMS Gaspee, in June 1772. Rhode Islanders feel slighted because they don’t get enough credit for their role in the Revolution. SENT: 130 words. With AP photos.
— CHINESE HACK-NAVY CONTRACTOR: A Rhode Island Senator is describing the case of a Chinese government hack into a Newport Naval Station as “very serious.” SENT: 130 words.
— GAS PRICES: The price of gasoline in Rhode Island is inching downwards. SENT: 115 words.
—CAMERA THEFT: Providence police say a man who tried to steal a red light camera told officers he had a right to the device because it was paid for by taxpayers’ money. SENT: 138 words.
— CHURCH ADDITION COLLAPSE: Authorities in Providence say part of a church that was under construction collapsed over the weekend. SENT: 100 words.
— TRUCK TOLLS: Truckers now have to pay tolls when they drive through Rhode Island. SENT: 124 words.
— ELECTROCUTED MAN DIES: Police have released the name of the man electrocuted in Rhode Island late last week. SENT: 110 words.
— ROADSIDE INSPECTIONS: Rhode Island State Police say their annual road check operation netted close to 800 violations over a three-day period. SENT: 120 words.
Unbeaten right-hander Steven Wright seeks his third victory when the Boston Red Sox face Dylan Bundy and the last-place Baltimore Orioles in the opener of a three-game series between AL East rivals. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.
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