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AP-MA--Massachusetts & Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

August 11, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and 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.

Sarah Betancourt is on the desk. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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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TOP STORIES:

BEACON HILL

Several proposed laws approved by the Legislature in the waning hours of formal sessions last month are now in limbo because of objections since raised by Republican Gov. Charlie Baker. Lawmakers did not leave themselves enough time to properly consider amendments that Baker offered to bills such as those calling for taxation of short-term rentals, protections for consumers against data breaches and enhanced civics education in schools. By Bob Salsberg. SENT. 780 WORDS.

GOVERNORS AND PREMIERS

Some of the political leaders from the New England states and the premiers of the five eastern Canadian provinces will be meeting at a Vermont ski resort while a bitter trade dispute simmers between Washington and Ottawa. The 42nd Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers will be held Monday in Stowe. By Wilson Ring. SENT: 530 words.

MIDTERMS DEMOCRATIC TURNOUT

An Associated Press analysis has found that Democratic voters were more enthusiastic than Republicans in nearly a dozen federal special elections since Donald Trump took office. Election returns in nearly a dozen federal special elections show Democrats consistently drawing a larger share of the vote totals than the two parties could expect in a presidential election year when turnout is the greatest. Special elections ahead of the 2010 midterms showed a similar excitement advantage for the GOP. By Bill Barrow. SENT: 1000 words with photos, graphics.

BRIEFS:

— BOAT FIRE RESCUE: The Coast Guard removed the mariners from the boat, reporting no injuries. SENT.

—BRIDGE REPLACEMENT: Massachusetts transportation officials have announced the re-opening of two bridges in a busy area of Boston, meeting an expected deadline. SENT.

— BOSTON POLICE COMMAND STAFF: Boston’s new police commissioner has named his second-in-command and chief of staff. SENT.

—MUSIC FESTIVAL-CHARLES NEVILLE: Charles Neville, the legendary saxophone player for the Neville Brothers, is being honored by an annual music festival in Massachusetts. SENT.

— SALES TAX HOLIDAY: Massachusetts shoppers are welcoming the state’s first sales tax holiday in three years. SENT.

—PORT GRANT: U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says a port in Rhode Island has been awarded a federal grant to get ready for a new barge service. SENT.

— SHOOTING ARREST: Police in Rhode Island have arrested two people in connection to a shooting that injured a man. SENT.

SPORTS:

BBA--Red Sox-Orioles

BALTIMORE — The Boston Red Sox look to lengthen their lead in the AL East, facing the last-place Baltimore Orioles in a split doubleheader at Camden Yards. By David Ginsburg. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Games at 1:05 p.m. and 7:05 p.m. ET.

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