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.

Dave Collins 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. New England Photo Editor Bill Sikes is reachable at 617-357-8106 or bsikes@ap.org.

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TOP STORIES:

POLICE FUNDING LAWSUIT

The cities of Providence and Central Falls are expected Thursday to announce a federal lawsuit about funding for police departments and public safety in the two cities. UPCOMING: 130 words following 2:30 p.m. event, more on merits.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE-DUKAKIS

Self-driving government? Don't bet on it, says Michael Dukakis, but the former three-term Massachusetts governor and erstwhile presidential candidate is leading a new push to incorporate artificial intelligence into the machinery of everyday government. The project's goal: Assure that the powerful technology becomes a benevolent tool for humanity and not, as some futurists and science writers fear, evolve into a sinister force that may someday control its very creators. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 700 words, photos.

LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS

State marijuana regulators plan to vote Thursday on provisional licenses for three more pot shops, which would bringing to six the number approved so far. When any of these stores might open remains to be seen, however, as the Cannabis Control Commission has yet to license testing labs that are required to screen cannabis products for THC concentration and possible contaminants. Developing on merits from 1 p.m. meeting.

IN BRIEF:

— SUPERINTENDENT RESIGNS: A Rhode Island school district has hired an auditor to review the expenses of a former superintendent accused of misusing school funds. SENT: 120 words.

— MISSY ELLIOTT-KARAOKE VERSION: A Rhode Island woman's karaoke version of Missy Elliott's hit song "Work It" has become an internet sensation, even drawing praise from Elliott. SENT: 130 words, photo.

— OFFSHORE WIND: Residents of Block Island are concerned about how a high-voltage power line for the first offshore wind farm in the U.S. that is supposed to be buried became exposed. SENT: 130 words.

— CANDIDATE RESIDENCY: A candidate for Providence City Council is insisting he lives in the boarded-up home where he previously testified he did not live. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

RED-SOX-BLUE JAYS

The surging Boston Red Sox look to complete a sweep of the Toronto Blue Jays. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.

WASHINGTON-PATRIOTS

The defending AFC champion New England Patriots host Washington on Thursday night in their exhibition season opener. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Kickoff is at 7:30 p.m.

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