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

May 19, 2019

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

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE

NEW YORK _ Social equity has helped pass, and thwart, legislation legalizing marijuana in some states this year. New York and New Jersey are among the states that appeared to be on the verge of passing legislation earlier that is now stalling. Legal pot advocates say social justice is an important part of the legislation that other states have overlooked. By JENNIFER PELTZ. SENT: 1,023 words, photos.

With: MARIJUANA-SOCIAL JUSTICE-STATES: A look at efforts around U.S. to make marijuana legalization an avenue for promoting racial and economic equity. SENT: 860 words.

PELOSI-PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD

BOSTON _ House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is being honored with the 2019 John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award in Boston on Sunday. SENT: 130 words, photos. UPCOMING: updates on merits from ceremony starting after 8 p.m.

RHODE ISLAND IN BRIEF:

_ FREE BOOKS: A Rhode Island congressman is helping bring donated books from the Library of Congress libraries and schools in the state.

_ SKATE PARK DEDICATED: A Rhode Island skate park has been dedicated to a former professional BMX rider who set a world record for the longest power-assisted bicycle backflip.

_ ELECTIONS SECURITY-RHODE ISLAND: Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea says every Rhode Island municipality is getting money to strengthen the security of voting systems and improve election processes.

_ BUISNESS LOAN PROGRAM: Rhode Island’s treasurer says his small business loan program has expanded.

MASSACHUSETS IN BRIEF:

_ MOTHER-INJURED: Police in Massachusetts say a mother has been struck by her own car and seriously injured after her child accidentally put the car into reverse while she was loading the vehicle.

_ WOMAN FOUND DEAD: A Connecticut woman has been found dead in Massachusetts under suspicious circumstances.

_ NURSING HOMES: Nursing home residents, their families and administrators are planning to converge on the Statehouse to press for more funding.

_ DOG MAULING DEATH: A Massachusetts boy mauled to death by dogs has been laid to rest.

_ BODY FOUND-GOLF COURSE: Police in Boston are investigating a body found at a golf course.

_ MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET: A proposed $42.7 billion state budget is headed to the Massachusetts Senate floor for debate.

_ INJURED HIKER: New Hampshire authorities say a search and rescue team member hiking on his own time helped rescue a woman who injured herself while hiking in the White Mountains.

_ WHALE LECTURE: A prominent marine mammal scientist is speaking at the New England Aquarium to explain why saving the endangered North Atlantic right whale is important for the health of the ocean.

SPORTS:

ASTROS-RED SOX

Houston plays Boston at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos.

BRUINS-CHARA

Three days after he had to miss Game 4 of the Eastern Conference final because of an undisclosed injury, Boston Bruins captain Zdeno Chara skated before practice on Sunday. SENT: 150 words, photos.

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