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

May 17, 2019

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 the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

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TOP STORIES:

ELECTION 2020-ELIZABETH WARREN-ABORTION

Elizabeth Warren is calling for a series of targeted measures designed to safeguard abortion rights following a flurry of new state laws that dramatically restrict women’s ability to terminate pregnancies, a move Democrats have decried as a planned effort to chip away at the landmark Roe v. Wade decision. By Elana Schor. SENT: 400 words, photos.

ALEXANDER HAMILTON LETTER

A 1780 letter from Alexander Hamilton to the Marquis de Lafayette stolen from the Massachusetts Archives decades ago has been found and now an effort is underway to get it back. The U.S. attorney’s office in Boston this week filed a forfeiture complaint in federal court asking a judge to order the letter returned to the state. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words, photo.

IN BRIEF:

_ ABORTION-RHODE ISLAND: Two Senate leaders say they don’t plan on transferring a bill to preserve federal abortion protections in Rhode Island state law to another committee. SENT.

_ HEALTH CARE-RHODE ISLAND: The state Senate has approved a bill to put into state law the protections that currently exist through the federal Affordable Care Act. SENT.

_ DOUBLE STABBING: Police in Rhode Island say two people have been stabbed in a Pawtucket home and a third person is under arrest. SENT.

_ RABBI’S HOME-FIRE: Authorities in Arlington are investigating a second suspicious fire at a rabbi’s home in less than a week. SENT.

_ LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts marijuana regulators have approved of a plan to slowly roll out “cannabis cafes” where adults could use pot in a social setting. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS UNEMPLOYMENT: The monthly unemployment rate in Massachusetts has dropped below 3% for the first time in more than 18 years. SENT.

_ DOUBLE FATAL CRASH: Authorities say a married couple has been killed in a crash with another vehicle whose driver fled the scene on foot. SENT.

SPORTS:

BRUINS ADVANCE

The Boston Bruins have earned a break before their biggest series in a few years. Their sweep of the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final has afforded them a few extra days to rest up before their third Stanley Cup Final appearance in nine years. By Joedy McCreary. SENT: 600 words, photos.

ASTROS-RED SOX

The Houston Astros play the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.

EXTRA:

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

_ Viruses to stop cholera infections _ the viral enemy of deadly bacteria could be humanity’s friend. By Andrew Camilli and Minmin Yen, Tufts University. https://theconversation.com/viruses-to-stop-cholera-infections-the-viral-enemy-of-deadly-bacteria-could-be-humanitys-friend-117058

_ This commencement speech had nothing but questions. By James Glaser, Tufts University.

https://theconversation.com/this-commencement-speech-had-nothing-but-questions-117230

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