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

December 22, 2018

Editors, news directors:

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island.

Collin Binkley is on the desk and is reachable at cbinkley@ap.org. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or bkole@ap.org. AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORY:

BEACON HILL

Ready or not, Massachusetts is speeding headlong into a brave new transportation world. State leaders are looking to pave the way for self-driving cars, an all-electric car future, a transportation grid resilient to climate change, and a planned “reinvention of the MBTA commuter rail system.” It’s part of a wider blueprint to help the state, cities and towns prepare for transportation changes while limiting greenhouse gas emissions. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 630 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ PRIESTS-ABUSE: The Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence says it plans to release the names of priests who have been “credibly accused” of sexual assault. SENT.

_ RENEWABLE ENERGY-JOBS: Massachusetts has added 1,500 workers to the state’s renewable energy workforce in the past year. SENT.

_ FATAL FIRE: A woman was killed after a fire broke out in the South Boston neighborhood. SENT.

_ OPIOIDS LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS: An updated complaint in Massachusetts’ lawsuit against Purdue Pharma claims members of the family that owns the OxyContin maker are personally responsible for fueling abuse of the deadly painkiller. SENT.

_ BOSTON-WARM WEATHER: Boston’s first official day of winter set a new record for the highest temperature on that date. SENT.

_ COLLEGE STUDENT KILLED: A 21-year-old college student who suffered serious injuries after being struck by a car has died. SENT.

SPORTS:

BOSTON COLLEGE-DEPAUL

CHICAGO _ Boston College looks to improve to 9-2 when it visits DePaul. The Eagles are led by Ky Bowman, averaging 19.6 points and 7.6 rebounds. DePaul is 8-0 at home. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 3:30 p.m. ET.

PREDATORS-BRUINS

The Nashville Predators visit the Boston Bruins.

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