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AP-RI--Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, RI

August 29, 2018

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 Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or mrsmith@ap.org. AP 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A reminder this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



The dangerously high heat in the Northeastern United States has prompted emergency measures including extra breaks for players wilting at the U.S. Open tennis tournament. In several states, children are being released from school early on Wednesday, and the elderly without air conditioning are urged to go to cooling centers. SENT: 130 words, photos. Will be updated.


A Massachusetts living history museum that depicts life in the early 19th century is looking to overhaul the way it presents the past in an effort to stay relevant to a 21st century audience. Old Sturbridge Village has received a $75,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities it will use to partner with scholars and other consultants for a multiyear study into how it portrays four areas: agriculture and food, civics, industry and economy, and race and gender. By Mark Pratt. SENT: 550 words, photos.


Ayanna Pressley is attempting one of toughest political feats in Massachusetts — persuading Democratic voters to reject a long-time incumbent during a primary. Making the task even more difficult? Pressley has acknowledged she’d likely vote much the same way as incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 800 words, photos.


— GUNS IN SCHOOLS: The governor of Rhode Island and the state’s commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education have announced a directive barring all guns from schools except those carried by law enforcement personnel. SENT: 130 words.

— ALTERCATION STABBING: Police in Providence are investigating a late night stabbing that landed a man in the hospital. A witness told police that two men and woman were involved in an altercation in front of a Doyle Avenue home at about 8 p.m. Tuesday. SENT: 130 words.

— PROVIDENCE TEACHERS: Providence public school teachers have voted to authorize work-to-rule if contract negotiations with the city scheduled for later this week do not lead to progress. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTER GRANTS: The Rhode Island congressional delegation says two fire departments will receive over $300,000 in grant funding to help with emergency water responses. SENT: 130 words.

— POLICE OFFICERS SHOT: A man accused of shooting two Massachusetts police officers will be held without bail for another 120 days, under an agreement between the prosecution and defense. SENT: 130 words.

— PIPELINE PROTESTS-SENTENCES: The first people to be sent to jail for protesting the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota have lost their appeals to the state’s Supreme Court. Mary Redway, of Providence, Rhode Island, and Alexander Simon, of Lamy, New Mexico, were convicted last October of disorderly conduct. SENT: 130 words.


Analysis and commentary from universities provided by The Conversation and distributed by AP. Find it in AP Newsroom or at the link below.

— Why synthetic marijuana is so risky. By C. Michael White, University of Connecticut. http://theconversation.com/why-synthetic-marijuana-is-so-risky-102224



The Florida Marlins visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 6:30 p.m.


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