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

July 8, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

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



A lawsuit alleging bias at Harvard University’s admissions office is pulling back the curtain on the secretive, complex process that decides who gets a place at one of the world’s most selective institutions. By Collin Binkley. Upcoming 1 p.m. with photo.


A filmmaker who shares the stories of World War II veterans is opening an education center in Rhode Island so students can learn about the war and meet the men who fought in it. By Jennifer McDermott. Upcoming 300 words and photos by 11 a.m.



After congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez stunned the nation with her primary win over 10-term incumbent Democrat Joe Crowley of New York, many political eyes have turned to Massachusetts. In the state’s 7th Congressional District, Ayanna Pressley, a 44-year-old black Boston city councilor, is mounting a primary challenge to longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. The contest is yet another reminder of the rifts tearing at the Democratic Party. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 900 words.


A home explosion in Massachusetts has sent one person to the hospital with severe burns. Boston police say a bomb squad responded to an explosion Sunday morning at a three-floor residence in East Boston. Firefighters responded to the home after hearing a report of a fire, and found an explosion started a fire in the building. The flames were put out quickly. A man living on the second floor suffered second-degree burns to his legs and was taken to the hospital. Other residents were evacuated. SENT: 135 words.


— MASSACHUSETTS BUDGET: Massachusetts lawmakers are still trying to pull together a state budget for the 2019 fiscal year that began July 1. SENT: 133 words.

— HIGHWAY CRASHES: Massachusetts State Police say two people have been killed in separate crashes. SENT: 90 words.

— POLICE HEADQUARTERS-MAN SHOT: Authorities say a man is being hospitalized for injuries sustained in a shooting across the street from Boston Police headquarters. SENT: 105 words.

— SCHOOL-DANGEROUS CHEMICALS: A second round of testing has been ordered for a Massachusetts charter school where elevated levels of toxic chemicals were detected. SENT: 135 words.

— WARREN-TOWN HALL: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren is hosting a town hall and cookout following an Independence Day trip to visit U.S. troops in Iraq and Kuwait. SENT: 135 words.

— ARTS GRANTS: The Rhode Island Foundation is offering $120,000 in grants to emerging arts and cultural organizations in minority communities. SENT: 135 words.

— STRUCTURE FIRE: Officials say firefighters in Rhode Island spent hours battling a building fire. SENT: 100 words.

— ARTS ORGANIZATION ARCHIVES: A Rhode Island library is opening the archives of a community arts center to researchers. SENT: 120 words.



KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rick Porcello starts for the Boston Red Sox in the finale of their three-game set at Kauffman Stadium. Jakob Junis gets the start for the Kansas City Royals. By Alan Eskew. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 1:15 p.m. CT


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