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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest, RI

September 5, 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.

Phil Marcelo is on the desk until 8 p.m. 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.

For up-to-the minute information on AP’s coverage, visit Coverage Plan at newsroom.ap.org.

A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — A 15-year-old student has been shot and killed outside a Rhode Island high school on just the second day of the academic year. SENT: 130 words.


WASHINGTON —Ayanna Pressley’s upset victory in Massachusetts is the latest signal of the party’s leftward lurch. It’s helped candidates win primaries, but could present challenges in November. By Bill Barrow and Juana Summers. SENT: 1,125 words, photos.


BOSTON — The black Boston city councilor whose upset primary win over a 10-term congressman stunned Massachusetts’ political establishment called her victory “surreal” Wednesday and said the wave of inclusiveness sweeping the nation is the best way to counter President Donald Trump. Ayanna Pressley told cheering supporters she’s thrilled and humbled by her victory over longtime U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano, a fellow liberal Democrat. By BOB SALSBERG and STEVE LeBLANC. SENT: 943 words, photos, video.


And: MASSACHUSETTS-AYANNA PRESSLEY —Ayanna Pressley’s victory in a Massachusetts congressional race is the latest example of the Democratic Party’s embrace of diversity and liberal politics as the recipe for success in the Trump era. In Connecticut, Jahana Hayes is on track to become the state’s first black woman to win a congressional seat. And black politicians in Florida, Georgia and Maryland have won the Democratic nomination for governor. By STEVE LeBLANC. SENT: 680 words, photos.


BOSTON — Only a few dozen votes separated the top two finishers in a 10-way Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in Massachusetts. A recount seemed likely as unofficial results gave Lori Trahan a 52-vote lead over Dan Koh. The Secretary of State ordered ballots impounded in anticipation of a recount. Incumbent U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas is retiring. By BOB SALSBERG. SENT: 420 words.


BOSTON — Democrat Jay Gonzalez launched his underdog campaign against Republican Gov. Charlie Baker on Wednesday by asking the incumbent to sign an agreement limiting the impact of outside groups and money in the general election campaign. By BOB SALSBERG. SENT: 400 words


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A Boston police captain’s son, who authorities called a “committed soldier” of the Islamic State group, was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Wednesday for plotting to use assault rifles and homemade bombs to kill Americans on a college campus. SENT: 472 words.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Author and actor Christopher Kennedy Lawford, who was born into political and Hollywood royalty, sank into substance abuse and addiction and rose to become a well-known advocate for sobriety and recovery, has died. He was 63. By MICHELLE R. SMITH and ANDREW DALTON. SENT: 760 words, photos.


— WWII AIRMAN IDENTIFIED: The Defense Department says the remains of a U.S. serviceman killed in World War II have been identified as an Rhode Island man.

— TWIN RIVER-TIVERTON CASINO: Legislation making its way through Congress to protect a Massachusetts tribe’s sovereign land may threaten Rhode Island’s gambling revenues.

— MASSACHUSETTS PRIMARY-AYANNA PRESSLEY-RHODE ISLAND: A Democratic gubernatorial hopeful in Rhode Island says Ayanna Pressley’s upset primary victory over a longtime Democratic congressman bodes well for his campaign.

— NEWPORT TOURISM: Newport officials say they expect an increase in visitor counts because of expected fall season cruise ship crowds following a disappointing summer season.

— PENSION LAWSUIT: The court-appointed receiver suing more than a dozen parties connected to the collapse of a Rhode Island hospital system’s pension fund has proposed a settlement.

— OFFICER-CHILD PORN: A federal court has dismissed the appeal of a former Massachusetts police officer who admitted he tried to get child pornography.

— MARIJUANA BUST: Rhode Island State Police say they found 69 pounds of marijuana inside a car that troopers pulled over for speeding on Interstate 95.

— MOTORCYCLE CRASH: Authorities in Rhode Island say a 54-year-old man has been seriously injured in a motorcycle crash. SENT.



FOXBOROUGH, Mass. —Tom Brady says his goal is still to play five more years in the NFL. In the epilogue to his online documentary series “Tom Vs. Time” the 41-year-old Patriots quarterback says he expects it to be a challenge. But Brady feels like there are still things left for him to accomplish on the football field. By KYLE HIGHTOWER. SENT: 560 words, photos.


ATLANTA — Brandon Phillips hit a two-out, two-run homer in the ninth inning, highlighting his long-awaited season debut and capping the biggest comeback by the Boston Red Sox this year for a 9-8 win over the Atlanta Braves. The Red Sox overcame a late six-run deficit and seesawed past Atlanta to sweep the three-game series between division leaders. By Charles Odum. SENT: 960 words, photos.


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