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

July 14, 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.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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



Massachusetts lawmakers are in the middle of a debate about how best to increase spending on local school districts. By Steve LeBlanc. Upcoming 1 p.m.



Massachusetts is the only state that has yet to put in place a permanent annual budget for the new fiscal year that began July 1. A House-Senate conference committee has been unable to resolve differences between their respective versions of the roughly $41 billion spending plan and send it along to Republican Gov. Charlie Baker’s desk. A temporary budget is preventing any disruption in state services. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 775 words.


The Massachusetts Senate has approved a bill aimed at helping the state adapt to climate change while also protecting natural resources and investing in recreational opportunities. The bill approved late Thursday would authorize the state to issue up to $2 billion in bonds to pay for the effort, including improving public infrastructure that is more resilient to the effects of climate change. SENT: 133 words.


— TOWN MANAGER-VIOLATES ARREST TERMS: The former town manager for two towns in Massachusetts has been sentenced for violating his probation more than 200 times. SENT: 140 words.

—VIOLENT HOME INVASIONS: Police are investigating the second violent home invasion in as many days in a Rhode Island city. SENT: 122 words.

—FINANCIAL LITERACY: Rhode Island’s treasurer is studying how financial literacy is taught in schools. SENT: 130 words.

— TWO SHOOTINGS: Two men have been injured in separate shootings in the same Massachusetts city. SENT: 87 words.

— MOTORCYCLE CRASH: A Massachusetts man has been killed during a single-vehicle motorcycle crash. SENT: 75 words.

—LEGAL MARIJUANA-MASSACHUSETTS: Massachusetts’ top marijuana regulator says U.S. Attorney Andrew Lelling’s most recent guidance on federal enforcement of marijuana laws should provide some “clarity” at a crucial time when the state is nearing the start of retail sales. SENT: 135 words.

— RAIMONDO OFFICE HOURS: Rhode Island’s governor says she’s holding summer office hours at the beach. SENT: 130 words.

— FIREFIGHTERS INJURED: One firefighter remains hospitalized from burns sustained in a blaze at a multifamily home in Massachusetts. SENT: 135 words.

—GAY PANIC-DEFENSE: Massachusetts Sen. Edward Markey and Rep. Joe Kennedy are pushing a bill that would end the use of so-called “gay panic” and “trans panic” defenses in federal court. SENT: 130 words.

— AIR SHOW THUNDERBIRDS: The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds are coming to Massachusetts. SENT: 130 words.

— DIRT BIKE CRASH: A Brooklyn man has been seriously injured in a Connecticut dirt bike crash. SENT: 70 words.



BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox host the Toronto Blue Jays. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game time 1 p.m.


BOSTON — Red Sox slugger J.D. Martinez is serious about every swing he takes, even in batting practice, and he has the tape to prove it. The 30-year-old All-Star has recorded every BP swing he’s taken since 2015 on a personal iPad, and he reviews the footage before every game. Despite ranking among baseball’s best batters, Martinez says he’s “not a natural hitter” but “a trained hitter,” a credit to his meticulous preparation. By Ken Powtak. UPCOMING: 780 words, photos by 3 p.m.


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