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

October 2, 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 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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UPCOMING TOMORROW

BUS DRIVER STRIKE

A strike by school bus drivers in Providence is becoming more rancorous as it enters its fifth day, with advocates for students with disabilities saying the city has a legal obligation to provide transportation. UPCOMING: 13 words. More on merits.

TOP STORIES

FREE TUITION

About 40 percent of students who received free college tuition in the first year of a new program in Rhode Island have earned the scholarship for a second year. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo visited Tuesday with students benefiting from the program she created at the Community College of Rhode Island. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 450 words.

FALL FOLIAGE-NEW ENGLAND

Want a different perspective on the fall foliage? Try viewing the colors from the summit of a New England mountain, either by hiking, driving or taking a ski lift. By Lisa Rathke. SENT: 900 words, photos.

FEDERAL RESERVE-POWELL

Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell said Tuesday that he sees no need to drop the central bank’s current gradual approach to raising interest rates. Powell said the combination of steady, low inflation and very low unemployment shows the country is going through “extraordinary times.” The central bank is trying to make sure it doesn’t raise rates too quickly and push the country into a recession, or move too slowly and set off higher inflation, he said. By Steve LeBlanc and Marty Crutsinger. SENT: 550 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— CHILD ABUSE: A Rhode Island man has pleaded no contest to abusing a 5-month-old baby and been sent to prison for seven years. SENT.

— INTERCHANGE PROJECT: The design team working on a Rhode Island highway interchange project says a traffic study commissioned by the state will slow the overhaul and increase costs. SENT.

— OPIOIDS-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island State Police say they are launching a new program to help combat the opioid epidemic. UPCOMING.

— BUS DRIVER STRIKE: Providence school bus drivers are now in the fourth day of their strike. SENT.

— SKYSCRAPER PROJECT: Rhode Island Senate President Dominick Ruggerio says he plans to introduce legislation that could help a developer overcome delays on a plan to build what would be the tallest building in the state. SENT.

— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: The Providence Board of Licenses has ordered a city nightclub to remain closed until at least next week while police investigate a shooting. SENT.

SPORTS:

RED SOX-KEEPING CONFIDENT

The Red Sox finished the regular season with the best record in the major leagues, have the American League MVP front runner and one of the AL’s best pitchers at the top of their rotation. It’s why they say their confidence is high as they prepare to open the postseason despite having won just one playoff game over in past two seasons. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 6 p.m.

CELTICS-IRVING-FLAT EARTH

Kyrie Irving offered a simple message to science teachers Monday. “I’m sorry,” the Boston Celtics star said. And with that, Irving made clear that he regrets publicly saying that the Earth is flat. Speaking Monday at the Forbes Under 30 summit in Boston, the flat-Earth topic that Irving inserted himself into last year was discussed — and the All-Star guard said he didn’t realize the effect that his claim would have once it went public. SENT: 500 words, photos.

PAWSOX STADIUM

Seven architectural firms have shown an interest in the redevelopment project that includes a new stadium in Worcester for the Boston Red Sox Triple-A affiliate. SENT: 130 words.

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