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AP-RI--Rhode Island 1:30 pm, RI

October 9, 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 the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

BUS DRIVER STRIKE

Bus drivers who are on strike and the private company overseeing school bus operations in Providence are meeting with a federal mediator Tuesday. The strike is affecting more than 9,000 Rhode Island students. UPCOMING: 130 words following 12:30 p.m. meeting with mediator, more on merits.

ELECTION 2018-MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR

Incumbent Republican Gov. Charlie Baker and his Democratic challenger, Jay Gonzalez, are preparing to square off in their first debate of the fall campaign. The one-hour debate is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the WBZ-TV studios in Boston. Baker and Gonzalez are slated to hold two additional debates prior to the Nov. 6 election. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Updates from debate starting at 8 p.m.

VINTAGE PLANE-COCKTAIL LOUNGE

A vintage commercial airplane is set to undertake a long, slow journey along Interstate 95 from Maine to New York where it will be turned into a cocktail lounge. The long trip ahead of the Lockheed Constellation, known as the “Connie,” kicked off Monday at a send-off event Auburn-Lewiston Airport in Maine. SENT 400 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— LANDSCAPING TRUCK CRASH: The Providence man police say was behind the wheel of a dump truck involved in a fatal crash is heading to court. SENT.

— VETERAN-BRACELETS: A U.S. Army veteran and Rhode Island resident is helping other veterans in need by selling unique bracelets based on his time in the military. SENT.

— BOAT CRASH: A Massachusetts police chief is calling the rescue of a five people thrown into the water after their boat hit a buoy “miraculous.” SENT.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-YANKEES

The Boston Red Sox have a 2-1 lead over the Yankees and send Rick Porcello to the mound for Game 4 of the AL Division Series against New York, which starts CC Sabathia. By Baseball Writer Ronald Blum. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos. Game starts 8:07 p.m.

HALL OF FAME-FAN VOTE

Li Na has received the most support in the first fan vote for the International Tennis Hall of Fame, followed by Goran Ivanisevic and Mary Pierce. SENT: 140 words.

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