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

January 15, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

UPCOMING TOMORROW

IMMIGRANT ACTIVIST DETAINED

Supporters of Eduardo Samaniego are planning rallies in Massachusetts ahead of a court hearing in Georgia, where the prominent local immigration activist has been detained since October and faces deportation to his native Mexico. By Philip Marcelo. UPCOMING: 500 words by 3 p.m.

TODAY’S TOP STROIES:

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-RHODE ISLAND

A Rhode Island university is offering a free dinner for Coast Guard members and their families affected by the partial federal shutdown. Roger Williams University says active-duty members of the Coast Guard in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts and their families are welcome to the Bristol campus Tuesday night. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after 5 p.m. event. More on merits.

STATE OF THE STATE

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo gives her annual State of the State address before a joint session of the General Assembly on Tuesday. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 600 words, chunky text style, following 7 p.m. speech.

MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING

BOSTON _ Massachusetts’ casinos are reporting increased revenues. The state Gaming Commission reported Tuesday that MGM Springfield generated $21.6 million in gambling revenues in December, a modest uptick from November’s $21.2 million. Casino president Michael Mathis attributed the improved numbers for the casino near Connecticut to the holiday season. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 450 words.

OPIOID LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS

Newly unredacted court records show the maker of the powerfully addictive opioid OxyContin boasted about potential sales. By Alanna Durkin Richer and Geoff Mulvihill. SENT: 600 words.

AP WAS THERE-GREAT MOLASSES FLOOD

AP’s original coverage of the Great Molasses Flood of 1919, which killed 21 people and injured 150 others in Boston. SENT: 500 words, photo.

GILLETTE-AD BACKLASH

A Gillette ad for men invoking the #MeToo movement is sparking online backlash, with some saying it talks down to men and calling for a boycott. But Gillette says it doesn’t mind sparking a discussion. And since it debuted Monday, the online-only ad has garnered 3.5 million views on YouTube, and enough buzz and chatter that any brand would covet. By Mae Anderson. UPCOMING: 130 words by 4 p.m. 400 words by 4:15 p.m.

CLERGY ABUSE-JESUITS

The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors. All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released Tuesday by the USA Northeast Province of the Society of Jesus are dead, and all of the alleged abuse all took place before 1997. SENT: 550 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ CHILD CRUELTY CASE: Prosecutors say police discovered squalid conditions at a Rhode Island home where a 9-year-old girl with cerebral palsy was found dead in a bathtub. SENT.

_ CITY COUNCILMAN-EMBEZZLEMENT: A former Providence city councilor who pleaded no contest to misusing campaign funds and embezzling from a youth sports organization has started his prison term. SENT.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-SNAP BENEFITS: The director of the Rhode Island Department of Human Services says state residents who receive federal food stamp benefits are set to receive their February benefits by Sunday in light of the federal government shutdown. SENT.

_ HIGHWAY SHOOTING: Rhode Island has denied parole for a man convicted of stealing a police cruiser, kicking off a manhunt that led to the fatal shooting of another man in Providence. SENT.

_ ELDERLY WOMAN STABBED: Prosecutors have dropped charges against one of two men accused in the killing of his elderly former neighbor in Rhode Island. SENT.

_ CENSUS CITIZENSHIP QUESTION-LAWSUIT-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts officials are applauding a ruling by a federal judge in New York blocking the Trump administration from adding a question about citizenship status to the 2020 census. SENT.

_ GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-MASSACHUSETTS: Legislation filed in Massachusetts calls for the state to pay the salaries of active duty members of the U.S. Coast Guard for the duration of the federal government shutdown. SENT.

_ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE-MERGER: Hampshire College in Massachusetts is hoping to merge with another institution well before it reaches a financial crisis. SENT.

_ LOBSTER PLANT CLOSING: A major lobster company is shutting down its Connecticut facility this week and shifting work to its other operations in the Northeast. SENT.

_ GAS EXPLOSIONS: Members of Massachusetts’ congressional delegation are criticizing Columbia Gas for planning a rate hike on Merrimack Valley customers affected by September’s natural gas explosions. SENT.

_ GIRLFRIEND SLAIN: A Westfield, Massachusetts man charged with killing his live-in girlfriend last weekend has been held without bail. SENT.

_ PEOPLE-BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN: Bruce Springsteen made an unexpected visit to a Boston pub last week to listen to some music and enjoy a couple of drinks SENT.

SPORTS

PATRIOTS-EDELMAN

The Patriots were dealt a blow prior to their regular-season finale when Josh Gordon was suspended for a violation of the league’s substance abuse policy. But what could have created a hole in the receiving corps has been filled by the group’s oldest member. Julian Edelman has put together back-to-back vintage performances and is expected to be a big factor again in Sunday’s AFC championship game. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 600 words by 6 p.m., photos.

HEALTHY CHIEFS

The only teams as healthy as the Kansas City Chiefs this time of year are the ones that have been done playing for weeks. The Chiefs hope it helps in Sunday’s AFC title game against New England. By Dave Skretta. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.

BEHIND THE CALL

As the top four point producers in the NFL were advancing to the conference championship weekend for the first time, Dak Prescott was getting sacked by his own teammate, Tom Brady was embracing the underdog role a little too tightly and C.J. Anderson was making the most of his second, third ... no, fourth chance. By Pro Football Writer Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 900 words, photos.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Seton Hall at Providence, 6:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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