I hope someone answers your post -- I've encountered exactly the same problem after upgrading from RH 7 to RH 8.
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I remedied this by going in and creating a new list style called ol and applied it to all of my numbered lists. I had to do the same type of thing with my bullet lists too, I created a style called ul and applied that to my bullet lists. I was near the point of screaming because ALL of my lists (numbered/bulleted) were giving me fits. I read this suggestion in another post on the forum and thought I'd pass it along. If you apply your style to a list and your changes don't immediately appear, look at the code and see if there were any inline list settings left behind from the default list code. There was in mine, but after I got rid of it, it's worked like a charm since. There are definitely quirks with lists in RH 8, but if you can reign them in and make them listen to you, they'll eventually behave!
OL style settings:
UL style settings:
That seems to do it once I figured out how to create a new list style and which kind of list style I needed to create. It seemed to work when I followed the instructions in the help to create an HTML list. At least that's what they called it in the help. There isn't anything I saw in the interface that calls it an HTML list.
Now I just need to figure out how to END a list. I applied my new style and started typing in a list and that works fine, but I can't figure out how to apply NOT the list style to the next paragraph. Applying a paragraph style just changes the formatting but doesn't make it not a list. I see in the Help where it says to remove a paragraph style to select the style "None" but I don't see a "None" in the list styles. I don't see a "None" in the paragraph styles for that matter. AHA! I just figured it out. If I right-click the paragraph, select Bullets and Numbering, and select the picture that shows no numbering, the list ends and I'm back to a normal paragraph.