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

July 21, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



With the clock ticking down to the last day of the formal session on Beacon Hill, Massachusetts lawmakers are scrambling to take final votes on a series of bills they hope to ship to Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk before they break on July 31. Action on many of the bills has been slowed by negotiations on the state budget for the new fiscal year dragged on for weeks before finally being resolved. AP’s weekly look at issues preoccupying state officials in Massachusetts. By Steve LeBlanc and Bob Salsberg. SENT: 900 words.


Spot coverage of the 100th anniversary of the July 21, 1918, German sub attack on Cape Cod in the town of Orleans. Upcoming after 5 pm event, off members.


The driver of a Missouri duck boat that sank and killed 17 people is being remembered as a longtime pastor at a Rhode Island church. WPRI-TV reports Robert Williams was a pastor and founder of Cathedral of Life in Providence, now called King’s Cathedral. His son-in-law, Bishop Jeffery Williams, described the 73-year-old as a “prince of a man, loving, kind and generous.” He said the loss to the family is “incalculable.” SENT: 150 words.


— ROLLOVER CRASH: Two people have been seriously injured in a Massachusetts rollover single-car crash. SENT: 80 words.

— BODYWORKS LOOPHOLE: The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill aimed at closing the so-called “bodyworks loophole” that critics say helps businesses act as fronts for human trafficking. SENT: 130 words.

— SKATEBOARDER KILLED: A skateboarder has been killed in a Massachusetts crash. Police say a 27-year-old man was hit by a truck while skateboarding in Haverhill on Saturday around 3:40 a.m. SENT: 90 words.

— VANDALISM INVESTIGATION: Authorities are investigating the vandalizing of a town sign in Massachusetts with the message “kill cops.” SENT: 100 words.

— ALZHEIMER’S BILL: The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill aimed at assisting individuals with Alzheimer’s and dementia and their families. SENT: 135 words.

— LIZZIE BORDEN ROOM: A mother and a daughter with a love of the macabre have won an online auction to spend a night in the Massachusetts bedroom where Lizzie Borden is thought to have killed her stepmother with an ax. SENT: 135 words.

—SERIOUS CRASH: A motorcyclist is in critical condition at Rhode Island Hospital with injuries sustained in a crash. SENT: 95 words.

—SUSPICIOUS FIRE: Authorities say they’re investigating a Massachusetts fire as arson. SENT: 100 words.

— MEDICAL RESEARCH GRANTS: The Rhode Island Foundation has awarded about $340,000 in seed funding to promising medical research projects. SENT: 135 words.



DETROIT — The Boston Red Sox and Detroit Tigers resume their series. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts 6:10 p.m. ET.


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