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

May 20, 2019

Good evening. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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What if you could shut down a nuclear reactor, clean up the radioactive mess left behind, pack the spent fuel for storage, dismantle the plant and release the site all in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take? It’s called accelerated decommissioning, and environmentalists contend it’s fraught with risks. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 1,200 words by 4 p.m., photos, video.


Rallies and sit-ins are expected to accompany the opening of Senate debate on the state’s $42.7 billion budget. By Bob Salsberg. UPCOMING: 300 words by 4 p.m.


Two parents, including the former co-chairman of an international law firm, are set to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scheme. UPCOMING: 130 words by noon; will be updated.



U.S. Sen. Edward Markey is facing a challenger in next year’s Democratic primary in Massachusetts. Shannon Liss-Riordan, a workers’ rights lawyer, announced her intention Monday to challenge the one-term senator for the Democratic nomination. Liss-Riordan made the announcement in a video and email to supporters and Democratic activists. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 520 words, photos.


President Donald Trump announced last week a wide-ranging immigration plan that would change how certain immigrants would be allowed in the U.S. His proposal includes a civics test for entrance that some critics say could exclude many high-skilled immigrants. Other critics called the idea of a civics exam bizarre and charged that some U.S. citizens even might fail such a test. Here’s a look at how the U.S. used entrance exams on aspiring immigrants throughout history. By Russell Contreras. SENT: 600 words, photos.


_ POST OFFICE-IRAQ CASUALTY: The post office in a small Rhode Island community has been renamed for an Army captain killed in Iraq. SENT.

_ FREE SUNSCREEN: Rhode Island is doing its part to wipe out skin cancer caused by overexposure to the sun with free sunscreen dispensers at state beaches. SENT.

_ GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island gas prices are leveling off after weeks of increases. AAA Northeast reports Monday that the average cost of a gallon of self-serve, regular in Rhode Island is $2.86, the same as last week. SENT.

_ RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION GRANT: The Rhode Island Foundation has granted $2.6M to six nonprofit organizations providing behavioral health services to a wide range of children and adults. SENT.

_ DOUBLE SHOOTING: Police in Providence are investigating an early morning shooting that landed two men in the hospital. SENT.

_ IMMIGRANT ACTIVISTS DETAINED: Immigrant rights activists in Massachusetts are calling for the release of two local organizers detained by federal immigration authorities in New Hampshire. SENT.

_ 1985 KILLING-RETRIAL: A Massachusetts man who spent three decades in prison for a killing he says he didn’t commit is heading back to trial. SENT.

_ NURSE-MORPHINE DILUTED: A Massachusetts nurse charged with diluting morphine dosages for an elderly hospice patient wants to change her plea. SENT.

_ WEEKEND STABBING DEATH: Police say they are now investigating the death of a man found with stab wounds in Springfield as an “unattended death.” SENT.

_ PELOSI-PROFILE IN COURAGE AWARD: 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.

_ GAS PRICES-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts drivers are paying the same for a gallon of gas as they did a week ago. SENT.



Boston plays Toronto at Rogers Centre. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 1:07 p.m.


For everything Louisville’s baseball program has done in its short time in the Atlantic Coast Conference, there’s one achievement that has eluded the Cardinals _ winning the league tournament. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m.


The sister of former NBA player Sebastian Telfair was accused on Monday of threatening a woman who testified against him at his New York City gun-possession trial. SENT: 220 words.


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