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

August 18, 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.

Phil Marcelo is on the desk until 5:30 p.m. 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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 STORIES:

BEACON HILL

BOSTON — Their formal session wrapped up, Beacon Hill lawmakers can look forward to spending more time talking to constituents and preparing for the fall elections — starting with the Sept. 4 primary. AP’s weekly look at an issue preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 850 words.

FREE SPEECH RALLY-BOSTON

BOSTON — A conservative rally against “far-left violence” is being organized in downtown Boston a year after a similar demonstration drew tens of thousands of counterprotesters. SENT: 130 words. Will be updated on merits.

MA IN BRIEF:

— SHARK ATTACK-BEACH CLOSED: The Cape Cod beach where a New York man was bitten by a shark has been indefinitely closed to swimming after more sharks were spotted in its waters.

— CAMPGROUND REOPENING: A campground in a state park that’s been closed for a decade is finally reopening to the public.

— LOBSTER INNOVATOR DIES: The Massachusetts inventor of wire mesh used in most U.S. lobster traps has died.

— BOSTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: A new John Williams composition about a ghost said to have scared Leonard Bernstein is making its world premiere.

— COMMUTER RAIL-BIKES: Bicyclists can now catch a ride on the commuter rail line linking New Haven, Hartford and Springfield, Massachusetts.

RI IN BRIEF:

— WOMAN OVERBOARD RESCUED: A Rhode Island woman has been rescued after apparently falling off a sailboat and being stranded for hours on an island in Narragansett Bay.

— SPEED CAMERAS: Providence is turning its contentious school-zone speed cameras back on for the beginning of the academic year.

— GEORGE WASHINGTON LETTER: A letter from George Washington will be read at the nation’s oldest synagogue to celebrate freedom of religion.

— NAVY CHAPLAINS: A school for U.S. Navy chaplains is returning to Rhode Island.

SPORTS

IRVING-RESERVATION

BISMARCK, N.D. — Boston Celtics star Kyrie Irving is set to visit the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, where his late mother was once part of the tribe. SENT: 150 words

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