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

January 5, 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. Susan Haigh is on the desk until 5 p.m. and is reachable at shaigh@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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

BEACON HILL

The 191st session of the Massachusetts Legislature and the 116th U.S. Congress were both sworn in this week _ and Gov. Charlie Baker was quick to draw a sharp distinction between Washington and Beacon Hill. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 600 words.

IN BRIEF:

_ RHODE ISLAND GOVERNOR-INAUGURATION: Rhode Island’s governor and general officers are hosting events to celebrate their inauguration. SENT.

_ HEALTH DEPARTMENT-OVERSEAS CARE: State health officials say local hospitals have seen an increase in the number of people who’ve traveled to other countries for medical procedures and returned home with serious infections. SENT.

_ SNEAKER PURCHASE STABBING: A 19-year-old New Hampshire man sought by police in Massachusetts for allegedly stabbing a teen during an attempt to steal a pair of expensive sneakers has turned himself in. SENT.

_ MBTA WEEKEND FARE: The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is bringing back its popular $10 commuter rail weekend fare. SENT.

_ CHURCH ABUSE: A former Massachusetts priest who was convicted of sexually abusing an altar boy on trips to Maine years ago has been scheduled for sentencing late this winter. SENT.

_ PLASTIC BAG BANS: Lawmakers in New Hampshire are preparing to consider a new push against plastic bags in the coming legislative session. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS TAX COLLECTIONS: Massachusetts collected $2.56 billion in taxes in December. That’s 14.6 percent less than what the state took in during the previous December, and 17.1 percent below estimates for the month. SENT.

_ MOBY-DICK MARATHON: A Massachusetts whaling museum is hosting its 23rd annual read-a-thon of one of America’s most celebrated novels — “Moby-Dick.” SENT.

SPORTS:

HKN--Sabres-Bruins

The Buffalo Sabres visit the Boston Bruins. Game starts at 7 p.m.

BKC--Villanova-Providence

Villanova plays Providence at Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, R.I. Game starts at 2 p.m.

BKC--LIU Brooklyn-Bryant University

LIU Brooklyn plays Bryant University at Chace Athletic Center in Smithfield, R.I. Game starts at 4 p.m.

BKC--T25-Boston College-Virginia Tech

No. 10 Virginia Tech takes a seven-game winning streak into its game against Boston College. By Jimmy Robertson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at noon.

BKC--Bucknell-Boston University

Bucknell plays Boston University at Case Gym in Boston. Game starts at 1 p.m.

BKC--La Salle-Massachusetts

La Salle plays Massachusetts at William D. Mullins Center in Amherst, Mass. Game starts at 1 p.m.

BKC--Stony Brook-Massachusetts-Lowell

Stony Brook plays Massachusetts-Lowell at Costello Athletic Center in Lowell, Mass. Game starts at 1 p.m.

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