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

December 24, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

YEAR END-RHODE ISLAND-TOP STORIES

The re-election of Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo, an announcement by the Pawtucket Red Sox that they’re leaving Rhode Island, and state lawmakers’ struggle to address sexual misconduct were among the top stories in the state in 2018. SENT: 600 words, photos.

NATIONAL GRID LOCKOUT

Massachusetts lawmakers have approved a bill that would extend state unemployment benefits to about 1,200 natural gas workers who have been locked out by National Grid since July. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated.

IN BRIEF:

_ STRIP CLUB TOY DRIVE: The owners of a well-known New England strip club that was shut down following a prostitution investigation have hosted a Christmas toy drive for their workers’ children. SENT.

_ SCRATCH OFF TICKET SALES: Rhode Island lottery officials say the season of giving is also the season of increased sales of scratch-off lottery tickets. SENT.

_ CLOSED SCHOOL-SOLD: A Massachusetts developer has purchased a former school property in Newport, Rhode Island. SENT.

_ FLOUNDER SHUTDOWN: If a day without flounder is like a day without sunshine, Rhode Island is looking at a dark end to the year. SENT.

_ OFFICER INJURED: A Providence police officer has been injured in a crash that investigators say was caused by a drunken driver who ran a stop sign.

_ DEADLY SHOOTING: Springfield police are investigating the city’s latest homicide. Department spokesman Ryan Walsh says a 33-year-old man was shot at about 11:40 p.m. Sunday. SENT.

_ ICE KILLS WOMAN: Officials say falling ice struck and killed a Massachusetts woman who was hiking with her family in New Hampshire. SENT.

_ CRASH-UPS TRUCK: A Massachusetts woman has died in a car crash involving a UPS truck in Maine. SENT.

_ MARINE MAMMALS PARTNERSHIP: The University of New Hampshire is partnering with the Seacoast Science Center to help determine what is causing the deaths of seals and other marine mammals found along the northern New England seacoast. SENT.

SPORTS

PATRIOTS

The New England Patriots react to Sunday’s game against Buffalo. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos.

BILLS-MCCOY

Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy had a rocky return from injury, both on and off the field. After missing one game with a hamstring injury, McCoy managed only nine yards on six carries and 10 yards on three catches in Sunday’s 24-12 loss to the New England Patriots. SENT: 410 words, photos.

NBA CHRISTMAS PREVIEW

The Boston Celtics play host to the Philadelphia 76ers, one of five NBA games on Christmas Day. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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