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

May 21, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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Three more parents are scheduled to plead guilty in the college admissions bribery scheme.



Nearly two dozen states and municipalities, including Rhode Island, sued the federal government Tuesday to stop a new rule that lets health care clinicians decline to provide abortions and other services that conflict with their moral or religious beliefs. The lawsuit in Manhattan federal court asks a judge to declare the rule unconstitutional and say it was passed in an arbitrary and capricious manner. By Larry Neumeister. SENT: 340 words.


What if you could shut down a nuclear reactor, clean up the radioactive mess left behind, pack the spent fuel for storage, dismantle the plant and release the site all in a fraction of the time it would otherwise take? It’s called accelerated decommissioning, and environmentalists contend it’s fraught with risks. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 1,250 words, photos, video.


Rallies and sit-ins are expected to accompany the opening of Senate debate on the state’s $42.7 billion budget. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 300 words, PHOTOS.


_ LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR-TRIP: Rhode Island Lt. Gov. Daniel McKee has been fined $250 by the state Ethics Commission for failing to disclose a trip he took to Taiwan. SENT.

_ AIRPORT-DOMINICAN REPUBLIC: Rhode Island’s T.F. Green Airport will soon start offering nonstop flights to the Dominican Republic. SENT.

_ GAS STATION ROBBERY: Police have arrested a man they say stole a car from one gas station and then drove it to another gas station that he then robbed. SENT.


_ DOUBLE SHOOTING-CLUB CLOSED: A Rhode Island nightclub has been temporarily closed after two people were injured in a shooting nearby. SENT.

_ COAST GUARD-SEASONAL STATIONS: The Coast Guard is opening three seasonal stations in the region later this week. SENT.

_ OFFSHIRE WIND-RIGHT WHALES: The developer of a wind farm off Massachusetts is taking steps to protect the endangered North Atlantic right whale. SENT.

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY: A New York lawyer and a Napa Valley vintner have admitted to participating in the college admissions bribery scheme. SENT.

_ OPIOIDS-HIV: A Boston nonprofit is voicing concern about the continued spread of HIV among residents struggling with opioid addiction. SENT.

_ PIANIST-FACADE COLLAPSE: An aspiring concert pianist whose career was likely ended when she lost a finger and suffered other severe injuries when a Boston restaurant’s brick and concrete facade collapsed on her has sued. SENT.

_ CRUISER HITS TODDLER: Boston police are investigating injuries sustained by a toddler who was struck by a department cruiser. SENT.

_ TEEN GIRL DEATH: Authorities in Massachusetts are investigating the death of a 13-year-old girl brought to a Lawrence hospital on Monday night. SENT.

_ EARNS-TJX: The TJX Cos. (TJX) on Tuesday reported fiscal first-quarter earnings of $700.2 million. On a per-share basis, the Framingham, Massachusetts-based company said it had net income of 57 cents. SENT.

_ BANK TELLER-EMBEZZLEMENT: A former teller at a Massachusetts bank has been sentenced to a month in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from elderly clients. SENT.

_ FUGITIVE-VETERANS BENEFITS THEFT: A Massachusetts man who evaded authorities for three years after he was charged with stealing more than $100,000 in veterans’ benefits from his father has been sent to prison for up to three years. SENT.

_ NRG-STREAM ENERGY: NRG Energy plans to buy the retail electric and natural gas business of Dallas-based Stream Energy for $300 million. SENT.



Providence coach Ed Cooley has agreed to a multiyear contract extension to remain with the Friars and withdrawn his name from consideration for the top job at Michigan. SENT.


Struggling to stay sharp with a 10-day layoff between playoff series, the Boston Bruins are planning an intrasquad scrimmage on Thursday night. Coach Bruce Cassidy says the team will follow its usual game-day routine, and he’ll warn his players to be wary of injuries. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 500 words.

Stands for story slugged BRUINS-CUP VETERANS


Boston plays Toronto at Rogers Centre. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts at 7 p.m.


The traditional rivalry between the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will take a radical twist when they meet in London next month: They will play on artificial turf for the first time in more than 2,200 games over a century. By Ronald Blum. SENT: 950 words, photos.


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