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

May 12, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



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.


A political enigma named Lincoln Chafee eyes recapturing his old Senate seat from an old friend, current Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse. By Dylan McGuinness. UPCOMING: 830 words by noon, photos. With photos.



Charlie Baker is looking for a grand bargain on Beacon Hill. The Republican governor told reporters this week that he’s hoping to work with the backers of several ballot questions, and Massachusetts House and Senate leaders, to hammer out a deal before the questions go to voters in November. One reason is basic math. At least two of the questions could have a dramatic effect on state revenues. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 650 words.


Almost 70 people have been displaced as firefighters battle three separate apartment fires in Boston. Firefighters responded to the first fire just after 3 a.m. Saturday on the third floor of a 6-family home in Roxbury. One resident and two firefighters were taken to an area hospital during a second fire that started shortly before 6 a.m. A third fire broke out before 8 a.m. in Dorchester. Fire officials say the three fires do not appear to be connected. SENT: 115 words.


— ZOO DONATION: A Massachusetts zoo has received a $300,000 donation it will use to enhance its educational mission. SENT: 135 words.

— AFFORDABLE INSULIN: Activists are rallying in Massachusetts, demanding more affordable insulin. SENT: 133 words.

— LARGEST PAPER AIRPLANE: Residents of a central Massachusetts city are trying to break the world record for largest paper airplane. SENT: 130 words.

—PHILIPS LIGHTING-RALLY: Top Democratic elected officials and union representatives were planning to rally in Fall River to support Philips Lighting workers. SENT: 116 words.

— PRISONER-OFFICER STABBING: An inmate incarcerated in a Rhode Island prison for the 1973 murder of a correctional officer is accused of stabbing another. SENT: 123 words.

— SECURITY GUARD ROBOT: A robotics company known for its widely shared videos of nimble, legged robots opening doors or walking through rough terrain is preparing to sell some after more than a quarter century of research. SENT: 406 words.



They both took winding paths to get here, but the Cleveland Cavaliers and Boston Celtics are back in the Eastern Conference finals for the second straight season. LeBron James is looking to join an elite list of players to appear in eight consecutive NBA finals. The Celtics are hoping the young players left on their injury-battered roster can lead them to their first Finals berth since 2010. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 700 words by 4 p.m. EDT, photos.


Luke Maile hit two home runs, including a game-winning blast in the 12th inning and the Toronto Blue Jays beat the Boston Red Sox 5-3. Maile hit a two-run shot off Boston’s Brian Johnson (1-2) as the Blue Jays improved to 5-0 in extra innings, overcoming an impressive outing by Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale. By Ian Harrison. SENT: 900 words. With photos.


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