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

July 28, 2018

Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

POLICE OFFICERS SHOT

Two Massachusetts police officers shot while responding to a disturbance have been identified. Officials say Falmouth police Officers Donald Demiranda and Ryan Moore were shot Friday evening. Prosecutors say one of the officers was shot in his bulletproof vest and just above it and was taken to Falmouth Hospital and the other officer was grazed in the head and was treated and released. SENT: 210 words with The Latest. 250 words by 2 p.m.

SEAN SPICER-RACIAL SLUR

A black man has accused ex-White House press secretary Sean Spicer of calling him a racial slur when they were students at a Rhode Island prep school. Spicer was at a book signing to promote his new book on Friday when Massachusetts resident Alex Lombard accused Spicer of calling him the N-word and trying to fight him when they attended Portsmouth Abbey School decades ago. A publicist says Spicer was “taken aback” by the “outrageous claim” and “can’t recall any incident” like that. SENT: 373 words with photos.

BEACON HILL

Democratic leaders in the Massachusetts House and Senate are scrambling to get final versions of major pieces of legislation onto Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk before they end their formal sessions for the year. That deadline is Tuesday. Both chambers have opted against coming in over the weekend to vote on any of the bills. By Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 660 words.

BRIEFS:

— DAILY FANTASY SPORTS: Massachusetts residents who play daily fantasy sports can rest easy. The online contests are now permanently legal in the state. SENT: 130 words.

— RUST WATER: A group of western Massachusetts community members are outraged and afraid to drink the water in their town. SENT: 150 words.

— PLASTIC BAG BAN: Massachusetts lawmakers have decided against a statewide ban on single-use plastic bags by retail stores. SENT: 135 words.

— SENATE 2018-MASSACHUSETTS: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s political challengers are adopting a new tactic — showing up at her rallies in Massachusetts. SENT: 135 words.

—NATIONAL LOBSTER DAY: U.S. senators from New England want to grant the lobster another national day of celebration. SENT: 135 words.

— FATAL CRASH: A crash on Cape Cod has left two people dead and a third facing injuries that are serious. SENT: 129 words.

— WATERFIRE LIGHTING: The next installment of a famous public art event, WaterFire, aims to support efforts to eliminate hepatitis C in Rhode Island. SENT: 130 words.

SPORTS:

BBA--TWINS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Minnesota Twins visit the Boston Red Sox. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 7 p

FBN--PATRIOTS-BRADY

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — Tom Brady dazzled last season, producing an MVP season at age 40. He did so despite questions about whether his allegiance to personal trainer Alex Guerrero was causing tension between the quarterback and coach Bill Belichick. Yet, Brady is back for his 19th NFL season as he tries to continue to defy his age. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 650 words by 4 p.m. EDT, photos.

PATRIOTS BRADY

Tom Brady says it’s “ridiculous” for anyone to suggest the drug-policy suspension of Patriots receiver Julian Edelman’s is related to the quarterback’s personal coach. The questions about body coach Alex Guerrero prompted Brady to abruptly end his first media availability of training camp. Edelman brushed aside a similar question in his first comments since receiving the four-game ban. Several Patriots have also worked with Guerrero, including Edelman and tight end Rob Gronkowski. By Kyle Hightower. SENT: 258 words with photos.

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