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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest, RI

May 17, 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 AP Providence at 401-274-2270, or approvidence@ap.org.

Phil Marcelo is on the desk until 8 p.m. 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



PROVIDENCE, R.I. —Rhode Island lawmakers are one step closer to granting biomass power the same incentives offered to wind and solar power. SENT: 234 words


PORTLAND, Maine — The number of American fish stocks that can be described as “overfished” has hit an all-time low, the U.S. government announced on Thursday. By PATRICK WHITTLE. SENT: 440 words, photos.


— PATIENTS RIGHTS: The Rhode Island House of Representatives has passed a law that would allow terminally ill patients in the state to use experimental treatments not yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

— GOVERNOR PLAQUES: A Senate committee has passed a bill that would revive a program placing bronze plaques at the graves of dead Rhode Island governors.

— IMMIGRATION-RHODE ISLAND MOTHER: A Rhode Island mother of two who spent a month in immigration detention has been granted an extension to her stay of deportation.

— RANKED CHOICE VOTING: Rhode Island elections officials say it would cost the state more than $4 million to implement ranked-choice voting in gubernatorial elections.

— FATAL ACCIDENT: An 80-year-old man has been killed after being struck by a minivan in Warwick.

— FUGITIVE CAUGHT: Massachusetts police have captured a man wanted for a murder in Georgia near the Rhode Island state line.

— MASSACHUSETTS GAMBLING-WYNN: Wynn Resorts has removed nearly 1 million tons of contaminated sediment from the former chemical plant site where it’s building a $2.5 billion Boston-area casino.

— TRAINING SCHOOL-NEW DIRECTOR: Rhode Island’s juvenile corrections facility has a new executive director.

— UNEMPLOYMENT-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island’s unemployment rate held steady at 4.5 percent in April, unchanged from March but up a tenth of a percentage point from a year ago.

— PAWSOX STADIUM: Rhode Island House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello and Pawtucket Mayor Donald Grebien say there’s a “framework” or “pathway” to a deal on a new stadium for the Pawtucket PawSox.

— VINNY PAZ HOUSE: The Rhode Island home of five-time world boxing champion Vinny Paz is set to go up for auction following a foreclosure

— DMV OUTAGE: The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles says driver’s license services are back up and running after a technical problem was resolved. SENT: 100 words.

— RHODE ISLAND BUDGET: Rhode Island is on pace to finish the current fiscal year with a $32 million budget surplus, a sharp turnaround from the $60 million deficit that was projected in November. SENT: 130 words.



The Baltimore Orioles visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


INDEPENDENCE, Ohio — LeBron James needs help from his teammates — quickly. Despite 42 points from James in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the Cavaliers lost to Boston and now trail 2-0 in the series. The Cavs are counting on James’ supporting cast to contribute more when the series resumes on Saturday. By TOM WITHERS. AP Sports Writer. SENT: 831 words, photos.


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