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

January 13, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



The rules that govern recreational marine fishing in the U.S. will get an overhaul due to a new law passed by Congress, and the country’s millions of anglers and the groups that stake their livelihoods on them hope the changes will bring better management. By Patrick Whittle. SENT: 760 words, photos.


Gov. Gina Raimondo says with “reluctance” she will propose within the next week that Rhode Island legalize the sale of marijuana for recreational use. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words.


_ MARIJUANA FARMING: Voters in Westport, Massachusetts will decide this spring whether to allow farmers to grow marijuana and sell it to dispensaries. SENT.

_ KITTEN RESCUE: A man who abandoned five kittens in a crate by the side of a Massachusetts highway has avoided jail time and could eventually have the case dismissed.

_ HIGHWAY PROJECTS: There’s some good news and bad news for Rhode Islanders: Key roads and bridges are getting much-needed repairs — but it’s going to mean detours and headaches. SENT.

_ FAMOUS INN-NAME CHANGE: A landmark Massachusetts hotel has changed its name for the first time in 92 years and distanced itself from the negative connotations of its former moniker. SENT.

_ STATE OF THE CITY-BOSTON: Boston Mayor Marty Walsh is preparing to outline his plans for the city in 2019. The Democrat will deliver his annual State of the City address on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Symphony Hall. UPCOMING.

_ MLK SPEECH-ROLLINS: Massachusetts’ first woman of color to serve as a district attorney will speak at Roger Williams University to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. UPCOMING.



The Patriots (11-5) seek their eighth consecutive trip to the AFC title game when they host the Chargers (13-4) in the divisional playoffs. Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers enters Sunday with a 1-7 record against New England, including 0-4 in games Foxborough and 0-2 in the playoffs. But the Chargers, who haven’t advanced to the conference title game since losing 21-12 to the Patriots during the 2007 season, are 8-1 on the road this season. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words. Kickoff at 1 p.m. Photos.

_ With sidebar by Jimmy Golen.


UMass at Dayton, 3:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

George Mason at Rhode Island, 5:30 p.m. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.


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