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BC-MA--Massachusetts and Rhode Island News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

March 23, 2019

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.

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.

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TOP STORIES:

BEACON HILL

BOSTON _ Lawmakers on Beacon Hill are pushing legislation aimed at improving the safety of drinking water in schools in part by requiring schools and child care centers to test every drinking water outlet each year for elevated lead levels. Legislation on tap in the Massachusetts House and Senate would force schools to immediately shut off drinking water outlets that show elevated lead levels. The water outlet could be turned on only after it has produced at least two sets of certified test results showing no elevated lead levels. By Steve Leblanc. SENT: 550 words, AP Photos.

TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE-AMERICA REACTS

PHILADELPHIA _ With the long-awaited special counsel’s investigation done but its contents still shrouded in mystery, Americans waited for details, yawned with boredom or stayed fixed to their long-cemented positions on President Donald Trump, the man at the probe’s center. For all the expected splash of Robert Mueller’s report, it arrived with more of a thud, thanks to the secrecy surrounding it. And few saw any reason to think it would sway many opinions in a divided republic. Emily Miller, a 22-year-old Democrat who is a senior at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, said so much had already come out since Trump took office, and few supporters of his were shaken. She didn’t think anything about Mueller’s report would change that, just as she didn’t see anything steering Democrats away from seeking impeachment. By Matt Sedensky. SENT: 850 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS: BROOKLINE, Mass. _ A recreational pot shop opening in Brookline is the first in the immediate Boston-area and the first within close proximity to MBTA stations. The store, located in a former bank building on Washington Street and Route 9, has been selling to medical marijuana patients but was recently licensed to sell to adult recreational users. It’s slated to open Saturday. SENT.

_ ETHIOPIA PLANE CRASH-MASSACHUSETTS: SHEFFIELD, Mass. _ The parents of a Massachusetts woman who died in the Ethiopian Airlines crash earlier this month are planning a reception to honor their daughter. Nadia Milleron and Mike Stumo say “everyone who cared about our daughter” is invited to the gathering scheduled for Saturday afternoon at the family’s Sheffield farm. SENT.

_ DRAFTKINGS-HEADQUARTERS: BOSTON _ One of Boston’s largest tech companies is moving into a new corporate headquarters. Sports betting company DraftKings is unveiling its new headquarters in downtown Boston Tuesday. Company executives are hosting a ribbon cutting and tour of the 105,000-square-foot space near Copley Square in the city’s Back Bay neighborhood. SENT.

_ COLLEGE ADMISSIONS-BRIBERY-RHODE ISLAND: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ The University of Rhode Island says its tennis coach implicated in a college admissions scheme has resigned. The university said in a statement Saturday that Gordon Ernst notified the university Friday that he’s stepping down. SENT.

_ OPIOIDS-RHODE ISLAND: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Rhode Island has been awarded $6.5 million in federal funding to fight opioid addiction. The state’s congressional delegation announced the funding from a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration grant program. SENT.

SPORTS:

CELTICS-HORNETS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. _ The Hornets look to keep their slim playoff hopes alive when they host the Boston Celtics. By stringer Richard Walker. UPCOMING. 650 words, photos. Game starts at 6 p.m.

BRUINS-PANTHERS

SUNRISE, Fla. _ The Boston Bruins, who are 16-3-1 in their past 20 games, play at Florida on Saturday. By Paul Gereffi. UPCOMING: 500 words. Game scheduled to begin 7 p.m. ET. Photos.

NCAA-EAST REGION PREVIEW

COLUMBIA, S.C. _ Mentor Mike Krzyzewski of Duke against protege Johnny Dawkins of UCF. College basketball’s tallest player in Knights’ center 7-6 Tacko Fall against its most transcendant star in Blue Devils’ freshman Zion Williamson. The Duke-UCF second-round contest in the NCAA Tournament has plenty of story lines to dig into. By Pete Iacobelli. UPCOMING, 600 words by 4 p.m.

RED SOX-SALE

FORT MYERS, Fla. _ Ace left-hander Chris Sale and the Boston Red Sox agreed to a new contract Saturday that guarantees an additional $145 million from 2020 to 2024. Sale has been an All-Star the last seven years and would have been eligible for free agency after this season. SENT: 250 words, AP Photos.

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