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

August 1, 2018

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 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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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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UPCOMING TOMORROW:

TARIFFS-BOATS

American boat makers are getting pummeled on multiple fronts by tariffs and stand to be among the industries hardest-hit in an escalating trade war. By Michelle Smith. Upcoming 900 words with photos.

TOP STORY:

GOVERNOR FUNDRAISING

Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo continues to raise substantially more money than her challengers in her re-election bid. Campaign finance reports filed Tuesday show she raised more than $1.2 million this spring, starting July with $3.9 million in the bank. Democratic challenger Matt Brown raised about $77,000. His ending cash balance was $41,000. The reports show that Cranston Mayor Allan Fung raised the most for the Republican primary, with about $245,000. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 353 words.

CAMPAIGN FUND DONATION

A former Rhode Island politician involved in a corruption investigation has donated his remaining campaign funds to nonprofit organizations. WPRI-TV reports former House Speaker Gordon Fox disclosed Tuesday that he has donated more than $60,000, emptying the campaign fund he admitted to stealing from when he was in office. Fox had become House speaker in 2010, but stepped down in 2014 after his home and Statehouse office were raided as part of a corruption investigation. He struck a plea deal. SENT: 200 words.

BRIEFS:

—DUNKIN BRANDS-GLUTEN FREE: A larger portion of America’s population can say they run on Dunkin’s. SENT: 135 words with photo.

— CHARTER SCHOOL-TRANSGENDER LAWSUIT: A charter school in Rhode Island is responding to a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union of Rhode Island alleging a violation of the state’s open records law. SENT: 119 words.

— POLICE INTERNAL INVESTIGATION: An internal investigation has been opened into a police pursuit that resulted in a deadly crash in Cape Cod. SENT: 130 words.

— WHALE FREED: A team of marine animal rescuers freed a humpback whale from an anchor line off the coast of Cape Cod, but officials say they are worried the whale’s injuries are life-threatening. SENT: 148 words.

—ENGLISH INSTRUCTION: Rhode Island is expediting a program to certify more Providence educators to teach English as a second language. SENT: 105 words.

— SCHOOL SECURITY: Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo is urging schools to use part of a $10.5 million school construction fund to make important repairs to school security. SENT: 130 words.

— ALGAE WARNING — Rhode Island officials are warning people to stay clear of the Slack Reservoir because of a potentially dangerous blue-green algae bloom.

— RHODE ISLAND AIRPORT — T.F. Green Airport is receiving a federal grant to improve runways and protect wetlands near the facility.

— BEACHES REOPEN — The Rhode Island Department of Health has reopened all of the state’s beaches that were closed for high bacteria levels.

SPORTS:

PHILLIES-RED SOX

BOSTON — Jake Arrieta struck out seven in seven strong innings and the Philadelphia Phillies snapped a four-game slide with a 3-1 win over the Boston Red Sox on Tuesday night. The Red Sox are off Wednesday before starting a series with the rival New York Yankees.

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