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BC-RI--Rhode Island News Advisory, RI

May 1, 2019

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

EARNS-CVS HEALTH

Earnings power from a major acquisition helped push profit at CVS Health up 42% in the first quarter and the company raised its 2019 forecast after it had started the year with a more pessimistic outlook. CVS now expects adjusted earnings this year to range from $6.75 to $6.90 per share. SENT: 310 words, photos.

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY

In just over a month, federal prosecutors convinced four defendants in the sweeping college admissions bribery scam to flip and agree to spill the beans about others. Now, their cooperation could spell trouble for those still fighting the charges and lead federal investigators to new targets, experts say. By Alanna Durkin Richer. SENT: 680 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ HOSPITAL MERGER: The war of words to sway public opinion over a proposed hospital systems merger in Rhode Island is heating up. Care New England and Brigham Health _ a division of Boston-based Partners HealthCare _ on Tuesday launched a website to tout the benefits of a merger, saying it will improve affordable health care for all Rhode Islanders. SENT.

SPORTS

ATHLETICS-RED SOX

The Oakland Athletics play the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.

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