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AP-RI--Rhode Island 6 pm, RI

October 10, 2018

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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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Former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick and comedian Dave Chappelle are among eight recipients of Harvard University’s W.E.B. Du Bois Medals honoring those who have made significant contributions to black history and culture. UPCOMING: 130 words by 1 a.m.; will be updated after 4 p.m. presentations, photos, video planned.



Campaign finance reports show how much gubernatorial candidates are spending in Rhode Island. The reports are the first public filings since the primary. UPCOMING: 130 words, more on merits, by 12 p.m.


An independent candidate for governor in Rhode Island said Wednesday he pleaded no contest decades ago to assaulting a teenager who is now the Democratic speaker of the House. Former Republican lawmaker Joe Trillo, seen as a possible spoiler in the race between Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo and Republican Cranston Mayor Allan Fung, confirmed a WPRO-AM report about the incident. SENT: 450 words, photos.


America’s recycling industry is in the dumps. A crash in the global market for recyclables is forcing communities across the nation to make hard choices about whether they can afford to keep recycling or should simply send all those bottles, cans and plastic containers to the landfill. By Mary Esch. SENT: 880 words, photos.


— ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND DEBATES: Rhode Island Democratic U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse and Republican challenger Robert Flanders faced off in their first televised debate this week. SENT.

— BUS DRIVERS STRIKE-ACLU: The American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island is initiating legal action against state educational officials for failing to provide transport to school for students with disabilities during the ongoing Providence bus drivers’ strike. UPCOMING.

— CVS-AETNA: The proposed $69 billion merger between CVS Health and Aetna is getting a greenlight from the Department of Justice, with some conditions. SENT.

— OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING: A grand jury has found that police officers were justified in fatally shooting a 28-year-old man in Pawtucket last month. SENT.

— WELFARE FRAUD: A Dominican man who had previously been deported has pleaded guilty to re-entering the U.S. illegally, then using stolen Social Security numbers and identities to obtain health care and welfare benefits. SENT.

— ILLEGAL POT FARM: A third defendant involved in a large-scale illegal marijuana growing operation inside a converted mill building in Rhode Island has pleaded guilty. SENT.

— INTERSTATE SEX-MINOR: A man already on Massachusetts’ sex offender registry has been sentenced to more than eight years in prison for traveling to Rhode Island to engage in sexual activity with what he thought was a 15-year-old boy. SENT.

— TWO FOUND DEAD: Members of a Rhode Island community are fundraising for the Woonsocket boy who survived what police called a murder-suicide involving his parents. SENT.



The Boston Red Sox are preparing for the AL Championship Series against the Houston Astros.


Last season hopes were high for the Celtics in the preseason with a new-look roster that included All-Star arrivals Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. Five minutes into the season opener everything changed with Hayward’s gruesome leg injury. It happened again late in the season with Irving was lost to knee surgery. With both back and healthy, Boston is embracing being called the presumptive favorites in the Eastern Conference. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 750 words, photos.



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