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

August 8, 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.

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Two top gubernatorial candidates are being criticized by their challengers for not agreeing to a series of debates. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo has not agreed to any debates before the Sept. 12 primary with challenger Matt Brown. Republican Allan Fung accepted one invitation. Brown says he’s participating in three debates, calling them “essential to democracy.” Republican challenger Patricia Morgan says Fung doesn’t have the courage or policy knowledge to debate. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 359 words.


A former state lawmaker has acknowledged he lied to investigators about his residency as part of a plea deal with the state announced Wednesday. Attorney General Peter Kilmartin says that former state Rep. John Carnevale pleaded no contest to a felony charge of perjury in Providence. That means Carnevale is no longer eligible to try to recapture his old seat this year. His attorney says Carnevale weighed the risks of going to trial. SENT: 320 words.


With the first recreational marijuana shops likely to open in the coming weeks, Massachusetts officials on Wednesday planned to roll out a new campaign to discourage people from driving while high. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 500 words with photo.


CVS Health beat Wall Street expectations for the second-quarter, helped by rising prescription sales, though a nearly $4 billion charge from one of the company’s businesses led to a loss. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefits manager said Wednesday that it has struggled to grow its long-term care business as much as it had expected after acquiring Omnicare in 2015. It cited lower occupancy rates in skilled nursing facilities and the financial struggles of its customers. Omnicare provides pharmacy services to nursing homes and other clients. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 550 words with photos.


Many small businesses may need to comply with a California law requiring businesses to disclose what they do with customers’ personal information and giving consumers more control over how the data is used. The law is set to take effect in 2020, though there are still some unknowns about it and attorneys expect some issues to end up in court. Still, some small businesses say this is the direction regulation is moving and they want to be prepared. By Joyce Rosenberg. SENT: 930 words.


—MAYO-DOG TRAINER-CHARGED: The Rhode Island woman allegedly involved in the death of a dog that belonged to former New England Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo will also be charged in Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.

— SEPARATING FAMILIES LAWSUIT: A lawsuit by 17 states challenging President Donald Trump’s separation of migrant families at the Mexico border has been transferred to a California courtroom where a federal judge is already overseeing several related cases. SENT: 130 words.

— TOWN ETHICS COMMISSION: Voters in one Rhode Island town will decide this November whether or not to have a local ethics commission. SENT: 130 words.

— QUEENS CHAPLAIN: A chaplain to the Queen Elizabeth II is scheduled to take on religious duties at a Newport church for five weeks while the regular pastor is touring England. SENT: 135 words.

— HEALTH PARTNERSHIP: Two New England hospital networks and Brown University are working to bring better patient care, doctor training and biomedical innovation to Rhode Island. SENT: 135 words.

— WILD TURKEYS-TRAFFIC PROBLEM: Officials in Johnston, Rhode Island have captured two of the three wild turkeys that were causing traffic problems. SENT: 130 words.



The chairman of the Boston Red Sox’s Triple-A affiliate in Rhode Island has been spotted taking a tour of Worcester, which has spent the past year trying to woo the team. The Telegram & Gazette reports Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino toured the Massachusetts city Tuesday along with PawSox president Mike Tamburro, International League president Randy Mobley and an economist. Lucchino says the tour was scheduled weeks ago “as part of our due diligence as we explore options.” SENT: 225 words.


The Boston Red Sox play at the Toronto Blue Jays. Game starts at 7 p.m.

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