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

July 24, 2018 GMT

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 Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. AP New England News Editor Bill Kole can be reached at 617-357-8100 or AP Providence Correspondent Michelle R. Smith can be reached at 401-274-2270 or

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A hospital operator in Rhode Island is using temporary workers to care for hundreds of patients after nurses went on strike. About 2,400 nurses and other health care workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital began what’s expected to be a weeklong strike Monday. Local 5098 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals called for the strike. Hospital operator Lifespan said late Monday that several hundred temporary workers were quickly incorporated into patient care teams. SENT: 226 words. With photos.


The leader of Rhode Island’s Roman Catholics has deleted his Twitter account, calling it a major distraction, an obstacle to his spiritual life and an “occasion of sin” for himself and others. A WPRI-TV reporter posted a screenshot in which Diocese of Providence Bishop Thomas Tobin wrote on Twitter on Monday it was his final tweet. Tobin had 6,100 Twitter followers and says if he has helped anyone along the way, “thank God.” SENT: 135 words.


— MANURE DUMPING-WEDDING VENUE: A dispute between Rhode Island landowners over a load of chicken manure that ruined a wedding has been settled. SENT: 150 words.

— STUDENT HOUSING BAN: Rhode Island officials are considering a measure that would cap the number of college students who can rent an apartment. SENT: 130 words.

—LAWMAKER-SEX EXTORTION: The potential witness list in the case against a former state senator charged with sex extortion includes two former chiefs of staff for the Senate president. SENT: 140 words.


— SUNKEN CRANES: The city of Providence is telling the owner of a sunken crane in the Providence River to remove it or face legal action. SENT: 135 words.

— DISQUALIFIED CANDIDATES: The Rhode Island GOP is standing up for candidates who have been disqualified from running for a seat in the legislature. SENT: 115 words.

— POLICE OFFICER-COUPONS: A former Providence police officer fired for stealing newspaper coupons has been sent to prison for illegal possession of a gun and using a city gas card without authorization. SENT: 135 words.

— MOTORCYCLE CLUB-TRAFFIC STOP: Rhode Island police officers who pulled over about 100 members of a motorcycle club have come up empty-handed. SENT: 120 words.

— PANHANDLER BEATEN: Police say a man asking people in passing cars for money on a Providence street was chased into a coffee shop and beaten by the occupants of one vehicle. SENT: 130 words.



Houston defensive tackle Ed Oliver took the unusual step of already announcing that this season, his junior year, will be his last in college. He will enter the NFL draft. The timing this spring was a surprise. The decision was anything but. Oliver is one of the best players in college football, a potential early first-rounder. With the NFL question out of the way, he can focus on making his final season at Houston his best and leading the Cougars to an American Athletic Conference title. By Ralph Russo. SENT: 950 words with photos.


Drew Pomeranz comes off the disabled list for his first start since May 31, pitching for the first-place Boston Red Sox against the last-place Baltimore Orioles, now 0-4 since trading Manny Machado. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 7:05 p.m.


— Central Florida has been picked to repeat as American Athletic Conference champions as a follow-up to its undefeated 2017 season. SENT: 150 words.


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