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

November 8, 2018

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

AP Providence reporter Jennifer McDermott can be reached at 401-274-2270 or jmcdermott@ap.org

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES

ELECTION 2018-HOUSE SPEAKER-RHODE ISLAND

Rhode Island Democrats meet in Cranston to decide whether to return House Speaker Nicholas Mattiello to his powerful leadership post. Several Democratic lawmakers have said they would not back him for speaker again. By Jennifer McDermott. UPCOMING: 300 words following 6 p.m. caucus.

AARON HERNANDEZ CONVICTION

A Massachusetts prosecutor says it’s unfair that the murder conviction of former New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez was thrown out just because he killed himself in prison before his appeal was heard. Bristol County District Attorney Thomas Quinn III told Massachusetts’ highest court Thursday that the legal doctrine that erased Hernandez’s conviction “makes no sense” and needs to change. John Thompson, Hernandez’s appellate attorney, told the Supreme Judicial Court there’s nothing wrong with the legal doctrine and that the alternatives floated by Quinn are problematic. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

With: AARON HERNANDEZ-CONVICTION-THE LATEST

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS-FIRST SALES

With its youthful vibe and eclectic mix of culture, the small city of Northampton feels like an appropriate site for the nation’s first legal recreational marijuana sales east of Colorado. Within days perhaps, an existing medical marijuana dispensary in Northampton expects to receive the final go-ahead to throw its doors open to anyone 21 or older who wants to purchase a range of cannabis products. Massachusetts voters approved of legalization just about two years ago, to the delight of the burgeoning cannabis industry which was primed to expand its geographic base beyond the several western U.S. states where recreational marijuana was sold. But the road to the first store openings has been a long and tedious one. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND-NO VOTERS: Rhode Island elections officials say one polling place in Providence did not see a single voter during the midterm elections this week. SENT.

— EX-OFFICER-OBSCENE MATERIAL: A former Rhode Island police officer has pleaded guilty to sending sexually explicit pictures and videos of himself to a 15-year-old girl. SENT.

— BANK ROBBERY: Police in Rhode Island are searching for a suspect they say robbed a bank in east Greenwich. SENT.

— LARCENY-COFFEE CARD: Police in Rhode Island say a stolen Dunkin’ Donuts card led them to a suspect now charged with eight counts of larceny and two counts of vandalism. SENT.

SPORTS:

CANUCKS-BRUINS

The Boston Bruins play host to the Vancouver Canucks. Game starts at 7 p.m.

CELTICS-SUNS

After a loss in Denver, the Boston Celtics come to Phoenix, to face the lowly Suns, who were beaten by 22 points at home against Brooklyn on Tuesday. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 9 p.m. ET

PATRIOTS-TITANS

Mike Vrabel won three Super Bowl rings playing linebacker and goal-line pass threat for Bill Belichick in New England. Now the rookie head coach gets his first crack at his former coach when Vrabel’s Titans host former teammate Tom Brady and the Patriots in a game Tennessee desperately needs. By Pro Football Writer Teresa M. Walker. 750 words, photos moving in advance.

With: PATRIOTS-TITANS PREVIEW CAPSULE

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