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

January 1, 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.

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo has been sworn into a second term in office, promising to continue bringing change to set the state on a “path for enduring success.” The Democratic governor took the oath of office Tuesday at the State House with her husband and two children by her side. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ The Rhode Island General Assembly is opening its 2019 session with the swearing-in of lawmakers and the election of a House speaker and Senate president. The legislature convenes Tuesday afternoon. Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea will administer the oath of office to lawmakers, including 14 new representatives and seven new senators. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated.


The mandate directing individuals to obtain health insurance or face tax penalties ends on Tuesday for most, but not all Americans. In Massachusetts, an individual mandate that has been on the books since 2006 will continue in the absence of the federal fines that had been in effect since 2014 under the Affordable Care Act but were eliminated as part of the Republican-backed tax reform law passed in 2017. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 700 words.


_ GAS PRICES-RHODE ISLAND: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ The average price of a gallon of gasoline in Rhode Island has dropped 4 cents in the past week. AAA Northeast says its weekly price survey found self-serve, regular averaging $2.46 per gallon, which is 4 cents less than a week ago. SENT.

_ MISSING FISHERMEN: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ The U.S. Coast Guard is searching near Block Island for two missing fishermen. The Coast Guard says it received a distress call after the fishing boat Mistress capsized Tuesday morning off Block Island, Rhode Island. SENT.

_ MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE-SWEARING-IN: BOSTON _ This week will see the start of a new two-year Legislative session in Massachusetts. On Wednesday, incoming members of the Massachusetts House and Senate will participate in swearing-in ceremonies at the Statehouse, officially launching the 191st session of the General Court — the Legislature’s official name. SENT.

_ FATAL SHOOTING: BOSTON _ A man has been shot and killed in Dorchester. The shooting happened around 3 a.m. on Tuesday outside a home on Johnston Road in Dorchester, a neighborhood in Boston. Authorities are looking for the person responsible. SENT.

_ FALL RIVER FIRE: FALL RIVER, Mass. _ A car has crashed into a Fall River apartment building, starting a fire. The Herald News reports that the car crashed into the Four Winds Apartments on Main Street in Fall River on Tuesday morning. SENT.

_ HARTFORD STABBING: WORCESTER, Mass. _ Police say the 5-year-old son of a woman who was stabbed in Connecticut has been found in Worcester. The Telegram & Gazette reports that police say the boy was found wandering on Providence Street in Worcester on Tuesday. He was not injured, but he was taken to a hospital to be checked. SENT.



SOUTH BEND, Ind. _ Jonathan Toews and the Chicago Blackhawks face David Pastrnak and the Boston Bruins at Notre Dame Stadium in the 11th edition of the NHL’s Winter Classic. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Game starts 1 p.m. ET


The Winter Classic is going back to college — and it’s bringing along two familiar foes. Patrick Kane and the Chicago Blackhawks. Patrice Bergeron and the Boston Bruins. SENT: 900 words.


VICTORIA, British Columbia _ Northeastern’s Tyler Madden scored twice and Jason Robertson had a goal and an assist as the United States closed out the preliminary round of the world junior hockey championship Monday night with a 4-1 win over Finland. The Americans finished second in Group B behind unbeaten Sweden. SENT: 425 words, AP Photos.


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