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

July 4, 2018

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

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

Jennifer McDermott 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

Some TV and radio stations will receive shorter APNewsNow versions of the stories below, along with all updates.



NEW YORK — With fireworks thundering across night skies and backyard barbecues, Americans are celebrating Independence Day by participating in time-honored traditions that express pride in their country’s 242nd birthday. But this quintessential American holiday will also be marked with a sense of a United States divided for some — evidenced by competing televised events in the nation’s capital. SENT: 650 words, AP Photos. Will be updated.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The ceremonial first pitch at a July Fourth baseball game in Rhode Island will be reminiscent of the same ritual at a game played during World War I a century ago. U.S. Navy Adm. William S. Sims organized a baseball league in Europe in 1917. SENT: 250 words.


MASHPEE, Mass. — A modest courthouse and a fledgling police force, a housing development for American Indian families and a school where students are taught exclusively in the tribe’s ancestral language. These are the visible signs of an independent tribal nation that has grown on the famous vacation getaway of Cape Cod in recent years. But the future of those and other developments is uncertain as the Mashpee Wampanoag — the tribe whose ancestors broke bread with the Pilgrims nearly four centuries ago — awaits a decision from the Interior Department on whether it can continue to govern a slice of its historic lands. By Philip Marcelo and Felicia Fonseca. SENT: 1,000 words, AP Photos.


HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut has joined a few of its neighboring states in providing particularly vulnerable immigrant youth additional time to apply for a federal legal status that could eventually lead to their permanent residency in the U.S. Under a new law that took effect on July 1, immigrants who are 18, 19 and 20 years old and who’ve been abused, neglected or abandoned, can now ask a state probate court judge to determine if they’re eligible to apply for a federal status known as special immigrant juvenile status. Massachusetts, New York and New Jersey are among the states that have similar laws on the books. By Susan Haigh. SENT: 625 words.


BOSTON — In these complex times, a simple question about the quintessential American holiday of fireworks, cookouts and parades isn’t always so simple. As Americans prepare to celebrate the nation’s 242nd birthday, some feel a deeper sense of patriotism. For others, the social issues roiling the country weigh heavy this Independence Day. By Philip Marcelo. SENT: 900 words, AP Photos.


— GIFT CARDS-GOOD DRIVING: TIVERTON, R.I. — Good drivers in a Rhode Island town may become a few dollars richer this Independence Day. Tiverton police announced on Facebook that while they will be on patrol for “bad” drivers, they will also reward good drivers this Wednesday with gift cards for Dunkin Donuts and Sakonnet River Grille. SENT: 90 words.

— USS CONSTITUTION-INDEPENDENCE DAY: BOSTON — The USS Constitution will sail in Boston Harbor and fire her guns again to mark Independence Day. The world’s oldest commissioned warship still afloat is scheduled to leave its berth at the Charlestown Navy Yard at 10 a.m. Wednesday and glide through the harbor to mark 242 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence. SENT: 130 words.

— JULY FOURTH PARADE-BRISTOL: BRISTOL, R.I. — Crowds are lining the streets in a Rhode Island town to see the nation’s oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration. The Bristol parade started in 1785. It’s billed as the oldest continuous celebration of independence in the country and typically attracts about 100,000 people to the seaside town. SENT: 130 words.

— BOSTON POPS-JULY FOURTH: BOSTON — The annual Boston Pops July Fourth Fireworks Spectacular on the Esplanade includes a star-studded cast of internationally acclaimed artists this year. The Pops, under the direction of Keith Lockhart, will be joined onstage Wednesday by the Indigo Girls, Rita Moreno, Rhiannon Giddens, and headliner and Newton native Rachel Platten, who rose to fame with her 2015 song “Fight Song.” SENT: 130 words.

— MAN SHOT-OFFICER STRUCK BY CAR: SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — Authorities say a police officer opened fire on a man who struck him with his car in Massachusetts. Springfield police spokesman Ryan Walsh says the shooting happened around 4 p.m. Tuesday when officers tried to take a man into custody in connection with a firearms investigation. SENT: 130 words.

— BOSTON WINTER CANCELED: BOSTON — Boston’s City Hall Plaza will not be a winter wonderland this year. City officials said Tuesday the mayor is moving forward with a $60 million overhaul of the plaza, which means Boston Winter is canceled. SENT: 130 words.

— ILLEGAL DUMPING: WORCESTER, Mass. — Fed up with illegal dumping, Worcester officials say they’ll soon publish names of confirmed offenders to get them to change their ways. The Telegram & Gazette reports that city officials have spent several years going over surveillance footage and cutting open garbage bags in search of culprits at various dumping “hot spots.” SENT: 130 words.



WASHINGTON — Eduardo Rodriguez takes the mound as the Boston Red Sox look to finish off the sweep against Erick Fedde and the Washington Nationals in the traditional morning start on the 4th of July in the nation’s capital. By Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 11:05 a.m. EDT


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