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

February 20, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



CVS Health is setting 2019 earnings expectations well below Wall Street forecasts, as the company struggles to fix part of its business while blending in a major acquisition and attempting to change how customers use its stores. The drugstore chain and pharmacy benefit manager also is dealing with industry-wide pressure to reduce what customers pay for prescriptions. By Tom Murphy. SENT: 620 words, photos.


Two Massachusetts men are due to be sentenced Wednesday for a drug-related killing in northern Maine. Marcus Asante, of Fitchburg, was convicted in November of the murder and robbery of an Oakfield man on Oct. 16, 2016. A second man, Darin Goulding, of Leominster, testified against him under a plea agreement with prosecutors. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: Will be updated after sentencing.


_ NIGHTCLUB FIRE: Rhode Island is marking the 16th anniversary of a nightclub fire that killed 100 people and injured more than 200. SENT.

_ INJURED CHILD: Child welfare officials in Rhode Island say a 1-year-old was brought to the hospital last week and her condition was probably the result of “maltreatment.”

_ DEMOCRATIC PARTY CHAIR: Rhode Island’s current Democratic Party chairman is seeking re-election with no known challengers. SENT.

_ TEENAGER STABBED: A 16-year-old Massachusetts boy charged with fatally stabbing his 17-year-old cousin during a dispute that started as an argument over a pillow and blanket has been held without bail. SENT.

_ HAMPSHIRE COLLEGE-MERGER: A Massachusetts college that announced plans to seek a merger partner before it reaches a financial crisis has announced its first round of layoffs. SENT.

_ CHILD FLU DEATH: Public health officials in Massachusetts have confirmed a third pediatric flu death in the state this season. SENT.



The Boston Bruins visit the Vegas Golden Knights. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 10 p.m. ET.


St. John’s at Providence, 8:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


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