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

September 3, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

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NEW ORLEANS — The sounds of a raucous pool party drift over a privacy fence amid brightly colored cottages that have become vacation rentals in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, and Allen Johnson laments the dwindling number of full-time neighbors. “Suitcases are a sign of the times here,” he says as two young men bearing 12-packs of beer exit a taxi and disappear behind an iron gate. By Kevin McGill. SENT: 870 words, AP Photos.



PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Rhode Island’s governor and lieutenant governor are each trying to fend off spirited challenges from further-left members of their party in the upcoming primary. The most closely watched race is the gubernatorial contest. Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo faces Matt Brown, a former Rhode Island secretary of state. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 850 words, AP Photos.


— BOSTON UNIVERSITY-FIRE: BOSTON — A fire in a Boston University dormitory on move-in weekend that forced the evacuation of about 40 students was caused by a candle. The Boston Herald reports Monday the Boston Fire Department identified the cause. SENT: 130 words.

— SEASONAL RESIDENTS-CAPE COD: PROVINCETOWN, Mass. — Part-time residents of a Cape Cod town say they want more of a voice in local government issues. In Provincetown, part-time residents estimate they provide about 85 percent of local taxes and want to have more input. The Cape Cod Times reports Provincetown’s current charter only allows part-time residents to serve as alternates on non-regulatory boards if there are not enough registered voters. SENT: 130 words.

— HEALEY LABOR DAY REPORT: BOSTON — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has released an annual Labor Day report to describe her office’s efforts to combat wage theft and other forms of worker exploitation. The report , “Protecting Massachusetts Workers,” was released Monday. The office’s fair labor division enforces wage and hour laws. SENT: 130 words.

— DROWNING: WORCESTER, Mass. — Authorities in Massachusetts say a 17-year-old boy who was rescued from a pond has died. Officials say the teen was pronounced dead at UMass Medical Center in Worcester on Sunday. He had been listed in critical condition. SENT: 90 words.

— FISHING ENGINEERING: PORTLAND, Maine — A group of organizations is getting more than $2 million in grants to use engineering to try to reduce bycatch in fisheries. Bycatch is the term for when fish and other animals are accidentally caught with gear that was seeking a different species. Bycatch poses problems for rare species of dolphins, turtles, sharks and other animals. SENT: 130 words.

— STOLEN TRUCK CRASHES: BOSTON — Police say they’re investigating after a stolen pickup truck was found by a pond in Attleboro. WPRI-TV reports that a passerby noticed it by the water early on Monday and called police. SENT: 70 words.

— FATAL MOPED CRASH: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Police in Rhode Island say a 19-year-old man died when he crashed his moped into a pole over the weekend. WPRI-TV reports the crash happened Saturday in Providence. Police say the man was weaving in and out of traffic when he drove up onto the sidewalk and crashed into a pole. SENT: 90 words.

— LEAD PAINT: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The cities of Pawtucket and Providence are receiving federal grants to identify and address lead-based paint hazards in public housing. U.S. Sen. Jack Reed said Monday that the Pawtucket Housing Authority will receive $1 million and the Providence Housing Authority will receive about $975,000 to perform risk assessments and remove or control lead-contaminated dust and soil at public housing units. SENT: 130 words.

— FIRE DEPARTMENT GRANTS: PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Four fire departments in Rhode Island are getting federal funding to upgrade their equipment. The state’s congressional delegation announced the new fire grants for the Little Compton, North Kingstown, Warwick and Woonsocket Fire Departments. SENT: 130 words.



METAIRIE, La. — Coach Sean Payton says the Saints have brought in veteran running back Mike Gillislee to add physicality to New Orleans’ running game. Payton says he sees Gillislee as a first- and second-down runner who has earned hard yards for his past teams. Payton says he does not envision Gillislee getting much work as a receiver, as some other running backs do in the Saints’ offense. SENT: 150 words.


OAKLAND, Calif. — CC Sabathia pitches back home in the Bay Area looking for just his second victory in eight starts when the New York Yankees — who hold the top AL wild-card spot — visit for a three-game series against the Oakland Athletics, who have hold of the second wild card. By Janie McCauley. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Starts 1:05 p.m. PDT.


LOS ANGELES — Jacob deGrom, who’s allowed three runs or less in 24 consecutive starts, takes the mound for the New York Mets against Alex Wood and the NL West-leading Los Angeles Dodgers. By Beth Harris. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Begins 5 p.m. PT.

BBO--Red Sox-Braves

ATLANTA — Touki Toussaint will make his second start when the NL East-leading Atlanta Braves face the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox on Monday. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING: 650 words, photos. Game starts at 1:05 p.m.


EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — No. 2 overall draft pick Saquon Barkley is expected practice as the New York Giants start preparations for the season opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars. By Tom Canavan.

GLF--Dell Championship

NORTON, Mass. — Abraham Ancer of Mexico leads by one going into the Labor Day finish at the Dell Technologies Championship. Among those within four shots are Rory McIlroy and Jordan Spieth. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m. EDT.


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