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

July 29, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

TOP STORIES:

SEAN SPICER-CONFRONTATION

A lawyer for Sean Spicer says an accusation that the former White House press secretary used a racial slur to describe a black student while in high school is false. SENT: 138 words.

VALUABLE PAINTING

A valuable painting that hung unnoticed in a Massachusetts school for decades is coming back to town after 11 years in storage. The piece by Russian artist Alexandre Iacovleff, entitled “Afghans,” will be returned to North Attleborough on Tuesday and displayed in the police station lobby. The painting was donated to the town in 1951 and hung in a school until 2007. It was worth as much as $2 million. SENT: 145 words.

BRIEFS:

— HOME INVASION: A second man has been arrested in connection to a deadly home invasion in Massachusetts. SENT: 125 words.

— FATAL SHOOTING: A man has been killed, and a second injured in a central Massachusetts shooting. SENT: 120 words.

— ALLEGRA GAME GRANT: A Massachusetts professor has received a $3.3 million grant to study whether a computer-based game that’s supposed to teaching kids algebra really works. SENT: 135 words.

— PUERTO RICAN FESTIVAL: The streets of Boston will be alive with the sounds of salsa music and delicious scent of tostones. SENT: 120 words.

— DRUG ARRESTS: Several people have been arrested in Massachusetts with about 90 grams of crack cocaine. SENT: 135 words.

— DROWNING INVESTIGATION: Police are investigating the apparent drowning death of a woman in central Massachusetts. SENT: 105 words.

— DRUNKEN DRIVING: Police say a Massachusetts man has been arrested and is being charged a fourth time with drunken driving. SENT: 128 words.

— FIREFIGHTERS-NEW EQUIPMENT: Eight Rhode Island fire departments are getting about $765,000 in federal funding to replace aging breathing equipment for firefighters. SENT: 135 words.

— GOVERNOR’S BAY DAY: Parking at all Rhode Island state beaches will be free for the annual Governor’s Bay Day. SENT: 128 words.

— HIGHWAY INTERCHANGE: Rhode Island and Citizens Bank have paid for a highway interchange that connects to the bank’s new campus in Johnston. SENT: 135 words.

SPORTS:

BBA--TWINS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Minnesota Twins visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 1 p.m.

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