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

August 28, 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. Alanna Durkin Richer 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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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TOP STORIES

EXCESSIVE HEAT

Some school districts in New England either canceled classes or sent children home early Tuesday as excessive heat baked the region and disrupted the start of the new school year. The heat index surpassed 100 degrees in some areas of southern New England as temperatures soared into the 90s and the dew point reached the mid-70s, according to the National Weather Service. SENT: 350 words.

IN BRIEF:

— NEW ENGLAND MOB 1993 KILLING — A former New England Mafia capo has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for obstructing an investigation into the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner.

— UBER DRIVER-ARREST — An Uber driver has been accused of inappropriately touching a female passenger who was unconscious in his vehicle.

— LANDSCAPER CRUSHED — Authorities say the owner of a Rhode Island landscaping and tree trimming business was crushed by a machine he was trying to hitch to his vehicle.

— MCCAIN - WHITEHOUSE — U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island will serve as a pallbearer at memorial services for late Arizona Sen. John McCain.

— EXIT CLOSURE: Rhode Island transportation officials say they will pause a bridge project that has caused massive traffic backups. SENT.

— EXCESSIVE HEAT: Much of southern New England including Boston, Springfield and Hartford is under an excessive heat warning for the next two days. SENT.

— TAGGED LOBSTERS: New England’s lobster fishermen are being asked to keep an eye out for tagged lobsters that are part of a survey of the valuable crustaceans. SENT.

SPORTS

MARLINS-RED SOX

The Florida Marlins visit the suddenly struggling Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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