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BC-MA--Massachusetts & Rhode Island News Digest 1 pm, MA

January 21, 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.

Pat Eaton-Robb is on the desk this afternoon.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Sen. Elizabeth Warren is ramping up her criticism of President Donald Trump, faulting him for the partial federal government shutdown. The Massachusetts Democrat said the shutdown is happening for one reason, so that Trump can press for money for what Warren called “a monument to hate and division along our southern border,” a reference to Trump’s push for funding for a border wall with Mexico. Warren offered remarks Monday during Boston’s 49th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT, 130 words. Upcoming, 500 words.



As Americans commemorate Martin Luther King Jr., Democratic presidential hopefuls are fanning out across the country to honor the civil rights leader and make themselves heard on the national stage. Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., used the holiday to launch a presidential campaign that, if successful, would make her the first woman and the second black candidate to become president. By Elana Schor. UPCOMING: 400 words. AP photos.


_ MLK-RHODE ISLAND: Rhode Island political, community and religious leaders plan to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. at the state’s annual commemoration of the civil rights leader. The public is invited to the event, beginning at 4 p.m. Monday at the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Providence. SENT, 130 words.


Bitter cold and gusty winds swept across the eastern U.S. Monday with falling temperatures replacing the weekend’s falling snow. SENT, 500 words.


_ GASOLINE PRICES: Gasoline prices continue to fall across Massachusetts and Rhode Island. AAA Northeast reports that average prices in Massachusetts fell three cents over the past week to $2.41 for a gallon of regular unleaded. That is 12 lower than at the start of the year. SENT, 130 words.

_SHOOTOUT KILLING: A man involved in a fatal shootout in Boston has been charged with murder. Police say 28-year-old Victor Rodriguez, of South Boston, was one of two men who shot each other Friday afternoon outside a barbershop on Washington Street in Jamaica Plain. SENT, 130 words.

_ RENEWABLE ENERGY BILL: A bill filed at the Massachusetts Statehouse seeks to help speed the state’s transition to renewable forms of energy. The bill would update the state’s 2008 Global Warming Solutions Act by setting new emissions level requirements: 50 percent below 1990 emissions levels by 2030, 75 percent below by 2040, and net zero emissions by 2050.

_ HISTORIC BLACK CHURCH: An architectural firm with extensive experience working on buildings of significance to African-American history has been chosen to oversee restoration of an historic church in Massachusetts. The Berkshire Eagle reports that Huff and Gooden Architects of New York City will help transform the former home of the Clinton A.M.E. Zion Church in Great Barrington. SENT, 130 words.



_ SUPER BOWL PREVIEW: It began in 2002, back when the Rams were in St. Louis and the Patriots were a plucky underdog standing in the way of a potential dynasty. So much has changed. SENT, 930 words.

_ PATRIOTS FOLO: The Patriots haven’t been underdogs many times since the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady era began with their first Super Bowl title following the 2001 season. They were underdogs heading into the AFC championship game and used it as motivation in handing in a vintage performance during their overtime AFC championship win over the Chiefs. It featured big performances from both veterans and new additions alike. It also makes New England’s 1-2 start to the season seem like a distant memory as it heads to its third straight Super Bowl. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 6 p.m. EST, photos.

_ PATRIOTS-PASTOR’S PREDICTION: A Maine pastor who publicly predicted the final score of Sunday night’s AFC championship game isn’t claiming divine intervention. But he’s confident the New England Patriots will win the Super Bowl as well. The Rev. Mark Tanner asked his secretary Friday to post a message on the sign outside the Skowhegan Federated Church: “God doesn’t have a favorite team but the pastor does!! Patriots 37. Chiefs 31.” SENT, 220 words.

_ ON FOOTBALL-OFFICIATING: The last thing the NFL would ever want is for an officiating mistake to decide the Super Bowl. On Sunday, the league might have made enough errors to determine both teams that will play in the championship game in two weeks. SENT, 920 words.

_ US SPORTS BETTING-NLF-PROP BETS: Wagers on how many touchdown passes New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will throw, or how many rushing yards Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley will gain are likely to be popular options for bettors in next month’s Super Bowl. But if the National Football League had its way, such bets would be prohibited as too vulnerable to match-fixing. By Wayne Parry. SENT, 500 words.


The Miami Heat visit the Boston Celtics. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Developing from 6 p.m. tip


_ Harvard-Howard. UPCOMING, 130 words.

_ American-Boston U. UPCOMING, 130 words.


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