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

May 13, 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.

A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



A former cleaner with JetBlue’s Logan International Airport subcontractor, ReadyJet, files a lawsuit alleging sexual misconduct — bringing to four the number of women alleging sexual harassment against the company. Upcoming: 130 words by 12 p.m.



Each day last year, on average, more than 177,000 people across Massachusetts took out their cell phones, opened a ride-hailing app and summoned a driver— a total of about 64.8 million trips total on 2017. A new report underscores the explosive growth of ride-hailing companies. Upcoming 2 p.m. By Steve LeBlanc.


Former Democratic presidential candidate and Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee stunned just about everyone when he announced he would likely mount a Democratic primary contest against U.S. Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, who defeated him in 2006. But Chafee is well-known for doing the unexpected, and he’s confident he can win, despite a tough governorship and the beating he took when he ran an ill-fated presidential campaign. By Dylan McGuinness. SENT: 830 words. With photos.


Authorities are investigating a Brockton shooting that killed one man and sent a second person to the hospital. Police and fire officials responded to reports of several shots fired at the Brockton Mini Mart parking lot just after 10 p.m. Saturday. Police say 26-year-old Bethgy Cator of Avon was killed after being shot in an SUV. A second unidentified person is at Boston Medical Center with unspecified injuries. No arrests have been made. SENT: 98 words.


— MEAL SHAMING: Lawmakers are considering proposals that would prohibit Massachusetts school districts from denying hot lunches to children who don’t have money to pay for them or whose parents have fallen behind on meal plan installments. SENT: 128 words.

— US-ATTORNEY-PRIVATE PRACTICE: A former top federal prosecutor in Massachusetts who led the case against the Boston Marathon bomber has gone into private practice. SENT: 110 words.

— SEAL RELEASE: Two young gray seals rescued from a New Hampshire beach in March after violent storms are being released back to the wild this weekend. SENT: 140 words.

— BRANDEIS COMMENCEMENT: Brandeis University is expecting nearly 8,000 visitors at its spring graduation ceremony. SENT: 123 words.

— VEHICLE CRASH: Two people have been charged with driving under the influence in connection to separate Rhode Island crashes while driving the wrong way on the highway. SENT: 135 words.



The Cavaliers and Celtics tipoff Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. This is the second straight conference finals meeting between the teams and eighth playoff matchup between them overall. LeBron James is trying to reach his eighth consecutive NBA Finals. The Celtics are seeking their first trip to the finals since 2010, when they got past James and the Cavs in the East semifinals. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 750 words. Tipoff at 3:30 p.m. EDT, photos. Sidebars on merit.

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