Good afternoon. Here's a look at how AP's general news coverage is shaping up in Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

Questions about coverage plans are welcome and should be directed to the AP Boston bureau at 617-357-8100 or 800-882-1407.

Alanna Durkin Richer 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.

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TOP STORIES:

MASSACHUSETTS GOVERNOR

Even in a blue state, and amid signs that liberal Democratic enthusiasm is surging nationwide, Jay Gonzalez likely faces a steep climb in his bid to unseat Massachusetts' popular Republican governor in November. Gonzalez handily won the Democratic nomination, but now must quickly figure out a way to channel into his campaign the energy and thirst for change that powered Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley's primary election upset of longtime Democratic U.S. Rep. Michael Capuano. SENT: 770 words, photos.

LYME DISEASE-NEW ENGLAND

New England's hot summer might be helping keep the ticks that carry Lyme disease at bay. The Northeastern states — which are some of the worst for Lyme in the U.S., posing a hazard to residents and vacationers alike — are still totaling the number of Lyme cases from the summer months, and there will likely be more in the fall. But preliminary indicators show the disease abating, and public health authorities are finding fewer deer ticks, state officials and researchers said. SENT: 600 words, photos.

BLACK CHURCHES-WOMEN

A black pastor's controversial eulogy at Aretha Franklin's funeral laid bare before the world what black women say they have experienced for generations: sexism and inequality in their houses of worship every Sunday. In eulogizing the beloved artist known as the Queen of Soul, the Rev. Jasper Williams Jr. declared that as "proud, beautiful and fine as our black women are, one thing a black woman cannot do — a black woman cannot raise a black boy to be a man." SENT: 1100 words, photos.

JAMAICAN LOTTERY SCAM

A Rhode Island woman accused of funneling lottery scam money between the U.S. and Jamaica through her airline job goes on trial in federal court in North Dakota this week. She is the last of 27 defendants in the case that began seven years ago this month. Here's a look at the case and the upcoming trial of Melinda Bulgin, which is expected to last up to 10 days. SENT: 800 words.

IN BRIEF:

— SUICIDE PREVENTION — The Massachusetts Coalition for Suicide Prevention has announced that several events are scheduled around the state for National Suicide Prevention week.

— ROSEMARY KENNEDY - BIRTHDAY — The boyhood home of President John F. Kennedy in Massachusetts is celebrating the 100th birthday of his oldest sister, Rosemary Kennedy.

— MAN HIT-TRAIN — Officials say a 66-year-old man was struck and killed by a Red Line train in Cambridge.

— HARBOR CRUISE- MAN OVERBOARD — Authorities say they have recovered the body of a 21-year-old man who fell overboard from a cruise in Boston Harbor.

— STUDENT SHOT — Counseling services will be available for Providence students who are mourning the death of a 15-year-old who was shot on the second day of classes.

— AUTO DEALERSHIP-EMBEZZLEMENT — A 45-year-old Rhode Island woman has been charged with forging business checks and stealing as much as $400,000 from a Cranston auto dealership where she worked.

— SUICIDE PREVENTION — Rhode Island's congressional delegation says a suicide prevention program is getting $2 million in federal funding.

— BOIL WATER ADVISORY — Authorities have lifted boil water advisories for four water systems in Rhode Island.

SPORTS:

FBN-TEXANS-PATRIOTS

The defending AFC champion New England Patriots open the season against the Houston Texans. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos. Kickoff 1 p.m.

BBA--ASTROS-RED SOX

BOSTON — The Boston Red Sox and Houston Astros wrap up their three-game series, with Dallas Keuchel facing Rick Porcello. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. First pitch 8 p.m.

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