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

September 6, 2018

Good afternoon. 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.

Dave Collins is on the desk. 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.

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The day after a student was shot and killed outside a Rhode Island high school, gubernatorial candidates are outlining what they would do to ensure schools are safe. A 15-year-old student was shot and killed in Providence Wednesday. Democrats support banning guns in schools and assault weapons, while Republicans and an independent candidate offered varied approaches. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


When Ayanna Pressley topped a 10-term congressman in a Massachusetts district once represented by John Fitzgerald Kennedy, she became the latest face of a burgeoning movement of the grassroots left. “This is a fight for the soul of our party and the future of our democracy,” Pressley said. That movement is reshaping a Democratic Party still searching for leaders and identity in the era of Donald Trump. By Bill Barrow and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.


— STUDENT SHOT: Authorities say the 15-year-old student shot and killed outside a Rhode Island high school on the second day of classes was an innocent bystander not involved in any dispute. SENT: 130 words.

— RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR: A Republican gubernatorial candidate is picking people who would serve in her cabinet before voters choose the party’s nominee for November. SENT: 130 words.

— GOVERNOR FUNDRAISING: Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo continues to outspend her rivals for re-election by a wide margin, while Republican Allan Fung remains the financial leader of the GOP primary. SENT: 130 words.

— TALL SHIP: An educational tall ship in Rhode Island will not sail south in the spring as planned because of funding issues. The nonprofit that runs the Oliver Hazard Perry says it isn’t selling enough sail training and education-at-sea programs and it’s “pausing for a reset” to rethink its strategy. SENT: 130 words.

— MAYO-DOG TRAINER CHARGED: The trainer facing charges in the death of a dog that belonged to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo failed to appear in court for her arraignment. SENT: 130 words.

— DRIVER’S LICENSES-TAIWAN: Rhode Island is signing a reciprocal driver’s license agreement with Taiwan. SENT: 130 words.

— MEMORIAL HOSPITAL: Rhode Island safety officials have ordered the owner of the shuttered Memorial Hospital to maintain the Pawtucket facility. SENT: 130 words.



The plan to bring the Pawtucket Red Sox to Massachusetts has cleared its first local legislative hurdle. The Worcester City Council Economic Development Committee on Wednesday endorsed a package calling for the city to borrow more than $100 million to build a 10,000-seat ballpark. SENT: 130 words.


Houston quarterback Deshaun Watson isn’t overthinking things as he prepares for his first start since season-ending knee injury last November on Sunday at New England. He shared what he believes will allow him to be successful this year. “Really just one thing,” he said. “Be me. That’s it.” By Kristie Rieken. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.


Ray Allen, Grant Hill, Jason Kidd and Steve Nash headline the 13-member Class of 2018 that will be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Friday night in Springfield, Massachusetts. They are set to receive their official jackets and meet with the media on Thursday. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m. With photos.


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