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

May 16, 2019 GMT

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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


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Denying children a hot meal apparently isn’t a popular way for schools to deal with unpaid lunch money. After a flood of angry Facebook comments and phone calls, a Rhode Island district last week abandoned its plan to serve cold sandwiches to students whose families owe money. Such practices aren’t new, but they are facing more scrutiny. As the push against “lunch shaming” gains traction, here’s what you should know. SENT: 880 words, photo.


The highest court in Massachusetts in a ruling released Thursday said a convicted child rapist in his 70s can no longer remain civilly committed because two mental health professionals have ruled he is no longer sexually dangerous. SENT: 330 words.


A 71-year-old Massachusetts man has embarked on a 3,600-mile, coast-to-coast walk to bring attention to the plight of veterans. William Shuttleworth departed his hometown of Newburyport on Wednesday for what he estimates will be a 7 ½-month trek to Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, California. SENT: 250 words, photos.


_ UNEMPLOYMENT-RHODE ISLAND: State labor officials say Rhode Island gained more than 4,000 jobs from March to April and the state unemployment rate dipped. SENT.

_ RHODE ISLAND BUDGET: Despite millions in overspending by some state agencies, Rhode Island is projected to end the budget year with a $24 million surplus. SENT.

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY: Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., says it is expelling two students linked to an admissions scandal involving the school’s former tennis coach. SENT.


_ CHILD PORN SENTENCE: A Rhode Island man who purchased, downloaded and concealed child pornography videos he obtained from the dark web with the use of bitcoin has been sentenced to 3 ½ years in prison. SENT.

_ FIREARM THEFT: Two Massachusetts men whole stole a gun from a federally licensed firearms dealer in Rhode Island then sold it on the streets of Boston have pleaded guilty. SENT.

_ RABBI’S HOME-FIRE: Police in a Boston suburb are investigating the circumstances around a suspicious fire at a rabbi’s home and are looking for someone spotted on a neighbor’s surveillance video. SENT.

_ HAZING LAWSUIT-SETTLEMENT: A former student-athlete at a Massachusetts college who says she was injured in a hazing incident has settled her lawsuit against the school. SENT.

_ COD FISHING: The recreational fishery for a species of fish that has experienced population collapse in recent history could reopen. SENT.



The Boston Bruins look to sweep the Carolina Hurricanes when they meet in Game 4 of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference final. Goalie Tuukka Rask has stopped 85 of the 90 shots he’s faced in the series. By Joedy McCreary. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 8 p.m.


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

_ 21 questions for today’s college graduates. By James Glaser, Tufts University. https://theconversation.com/21-questions-for-todays-college-graduates-117230


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