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

June 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. Sarah Betancourt 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.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



Rhode Islanders say they don’t get enough credit for helping spark the American Revolution, the glory goes to Bostonians for the Boston Tea Party. By Jennifer McDermott. Upcoming 630 words by 1 a.m. With photos.



A former partner of notorious gangster James “Whitey” Bulger has taken the witness stand to testify against an ex-New England Mafia boss on trial for the 1993 killing of a nightclub owner. But so much time has passed since the two have seen each other that former Bulger partner Stephen “The Rifleman” Flemmi apparently didn’t recognize Francis “Cadillac Frank” Salemme sitting in court Wednesday. Salemme has denied involvement in the killing. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 540 words.


—FATAL CRASH: Police are investigating a Rhode Island crash that killed an elderly Massachusetts woman. SENT: 90 words.

— SODA TAX: A Rhode Island state senator who owns a CrossFit gym is enlisting the company’s founder to lobby for a state tax on sugary drinks. SENT: 130 words.

— SUBMARINE CONSTRUCTION TRAINING: Several Rhode Island high school students are learning the basics of building a submarine thanks to a workforce training program that aims to develop trade skills. SENT: 118 words.

— EDUCATION DEPARTMENT-LEGAL COUNSEL: The chief legal counsel of the Rhode Island Department of Education is leaving her position, although officials say her departure is not connected to the revelation that she isn’t licensed to practice in the state. SENT: 130 words.

— HIGHWAY CLOSURE: Rhode Island is warning there will likely be “major traffic delays” on Interstate 95 in Warwick and Cranston because of a construction project. SENT: 100 words.

— IMPORT-EXOTIC ANIMALS: A bill that would allow shooting preserves to import exotic animals for hunting has been shut down by the Rhode Island Legislature shortly after it was introduced. SENT: 130 words.

— LAWN CONTROL: A Rhode Island town is trying to weed out unruly yards. The Westerly Town Council enacted a measure Monday that sets a maximum height for weeds. Residents could be fined up to $50 per day if weeds on their property exceed six inches. SENT: 130 words.

— CHILD ENTICEMENT ATTEMPT: A Massachusetts man is facing charges of traveling to Rhode Island to have sex with what he thought were two underage girls. SENT: 130 words.

— FAKE FIRETRUCK FIX: Massachusetts police say a Rhode Island man faked repairs to a town’s firetruck and pocketed the $15,000 in repair fees. SENT: 120 words.



The Boston Red Sox play the second game of a three-game series against the Detroit Tigers. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by midnight. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


The Patriots hold the second day of their three-day, mandatory minicamp. UPCOMING: 500 words by 6 p.m., with photos.

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