AP-MA--Massachusetts & Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, MA
Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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US BETTY FORD PLAY-Q&A
A new documentary play about former U.S. first lady Betty Ford and the treatment clinics she established — credited with helping generations of celebrities and ordinary Americans overcome addiction — premieres this month in Boston. Upcoming 1 a.m. File photos planned.
US ARMY FUTURES COMMAND-Q&A
The U.S. Army is scouting large cities to find a home for a new command headquarters so it will be close to academia and industry, a first for the service. The Army typically likes to put its facilities away from population centers. The new command will focus on what the Army of the future should look like. The Army wants to be near experts in technology and innovation who can help. It’s close to picking the site. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 827 words.
PINE BEETLE-NORTHERN FOREST
A bark beetle that has devastated southern pine forests is moving north as the climate warms, and new research suggests cool weather could amplify its attacks. Dartmouth researchers say cooler fall and winter temperatures in the Northeast arrest the development of southern pine beetle larvae and cause adults to emerge all at once in spring. The beetle relies on mass attacks to overcome a tree’s natural defenses and kill it within months. By Mary Esch. SENT: 672 words with photos.
— CHILD PORN CHARGE: A Worcester man is being investigated on child pornography charges. SENT: 140 words.
— DEADLY SHOOTINGS-MAN CHARGED: Police say a Roxbury man has been charged in connection to a shooting at a house party that left four people wounded. SENT: 114 words.
— AZAR HOME PROTEST: Approximately 60 protesters — many in wheelchairs — have gathered outside the Indianapolis home of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar demanding he approve new rules banning shock therapy at a Massachusetts rehabilitation facility. SENT: 118 words.
—RIGHT WHALE DEATHS: U.S. Rep. Seth Moulton is teaming up with U.S. Sen. Cory Booker on a bill aimed at protecting endangered North Atlantic right whales. SENT: 135 words.
— LIVING WAGE COALITION: A coalition of community organizations, religious groups, and labor unions has planned a weeklong series of events to demand paid leave legislation and a $15 minimum wage in Massachusetts SENT: 140 words.
— PRIDE PARADE INJURY: An elderly woman has been treated in an area hospital for injuries sustained when two police officers on motorcycles collided with each other. SENT: 129 words.
—MARCH TO CLOSE SLAUGHTERHOUSES: Animal rights activists are planning to gather in Boston to call for an end to all slaughterhouses. SENT: 130 words.
— DRAGON BOAT FESTIVAL: The nation’s oldest Chinese dragon boat festival is once again taking over the Charles River separating Boston and Cambridge. SENT: 136 words.
— ELECTROCUTED MAN DIES: A Rhode Island man has died from electrocution injuries sustained while painting. WPRI-TV reports the 64-year-old Pawtucket man was electrocuted after 1 p.m. Friday while working on a Woonsocket home. SENT: 100 words.
— CAREER EDUCATION GRANTS: Rhode Island has awarded about $1.2 million in grants to give more students access to career education programs. SENT: 130 words.
BBA--WHITE SOX-RED SOX
BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox play the finale of a three-game series against the Chicago White Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 6 p.m.
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