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AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 1:30 pm, MA

September 30, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORY:

GARDEN LEAVE

Massachusetts on Monday becomes the first U.S. state with a form of “garden leave,” a requirement that employers who enforce non-compete clauses against departed employees pay them during the period they are restrained from working for a competitor. The term, borrowed from the British, refers to getting paid for not working — and perhaps spending those idle days tending to your garden. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 750 words.

SEAWEED FOR COWS

Seaweed as cattle feed has long been touted as a way to reduce emissions among cows and curb climate impacts of farming. Now, a New England farmer is proposing a solution to grow the seaweed at commercial scale. SENT: 700 words, photos.

GAMBLING MALFUNCTIONS

Roulette balls glance off the wheel onto the table. Slot machines jam. Dice go flying off the felt. And sometimes, the cards aren’t shuffled. FanDuel’s recent decision to pay an $82,000 payout its computers wrongly promised a bettor highlights a constant but little-publicized fact about the gambling industry: Things do go wrong, and when they do, it almost always voids the bet, despite FanDuel’s decision to pay. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 750 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— IMMIGRATION BUSINESS: Business leaders are launching a new coalition aimed at making the most of immigration to power the Massachusetts economy. SENT.

— RELATIVE STABBED: A Massachusetts woman is facing charges in connection with the stabbing death of a male relative. SENT.

— YOUTH BOXING COACH-RAPE: A youth boxing coach from Massachusetts is heading to court to face a rape charge. SENT.

— GIANT PUMPKIN: A Rhode Island man has won the prize for the heaviest pumpkin at the Topsfield Fair in Massachusetts with a fair record 2,114-pound gourd. SENT.

— ELECTION 2018-RHODE ISLAND-BIDEN: Former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to stump for Rhode Island Democrats.

— OPIOID FUNDING: Rhode Island has been awarded $12.6 million in federal funding to combat opioid addiction. SENT.

— CAPE VERDEAN VETERANS: The first memorial to military veterans of Cape Verdean descent in the U.S. has been unveiled in Rhode Island. SENT.

— NIGHTCLUB SHOOTING: A Rhode Island nightclub has been shut down by the city of Providence as police investigate a weekend shooting inside the facility. SENT.

SPORTS:

DOLPHINS-PATRIOTS

The Dolphins can improve to 4-0 for the first time since Don Shula’s last season as coach in 1995 when Miami visits New England. The Patriots haven’t started 1-3 since 2001. They have also won nine straight at home in the series. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words. Kickoff at 1 p.m. photos.

YANKEES-RED SOX

The Boston Red Sox wrap up the regular season against the New York Yankees. Game starts at 3:05 p.m. with photos.

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