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

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Gov. Charlie Baker's administration is asking lawmakers to direct a portion of the state's budget surplus toward making public schools safer. The Republican governor on Friday outlined $72 million in proposed security upgrades, $40 million of which would help school districts hire more social workers and mental health professionals. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


As communities debate trying to stem overdose deaths by allowing safe havens for people to take heroin and other narcotics, places like a needle exchange program in New York City are quietly providing a model of sorts: bathrooms monitored by intercom, so someone can intervene to stop an overdose. Officially, they aren't the more full-fledged and controversial facilities — often called safe injection sites — that cities including New York are seeking to open and that already operate overseas. By Jennifer Peltz. SENT: 1,200 words, photos, video.


A $13 billion project to build a new rail tunnel into New York is scrambling to stay in the running for key federal funding as a July 14 deadline looms. The federal Department of Transportation says the Gateway tunnel project is lacking some key components to remain in the pipeline for billions in federal grants. By David Porter. SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 500 words by 2 p.m.


— BUS BYPASSES BLACK PASSENGER: A Massachusetts bus driver has been fired for telling a would-be passenger on Martha's Vineyard that he wasn't picked up because he's black. SENT: 130 words.

— BERKSHIRE WIND PROJECT: Massachusetts' second largest wind farm is adding two more turbines capable of powering nearly 2,000 additional homes. SENT: 130 words.

— FATHER DROWNS: A father swimming with his children off Bourne started struggling and apparently drowned despite the efforts of two good Samaritans. SENT: 130 words.

— BANK WORKER-EMBEZZLEMENT: A former supervisor at a Massachusetts bank has been indicted on charges that she embezzled more than $100,000 from customer accounts. SENT: 130 words.

— EMERGENCY LANDING: Aviation officials say a plane with smoke in the cockpit made an emergency landing in Connecticut. The aircraft landed safely after the crew reported smoke in the cockpit, then were able to continue to Boston. SENT: 130 words.

— FATAL SHOOTING-ARREST: Providence police say a Boston man has been arrested in connection with a fatal shooting in the Rhode Island city earlier this month. SENT: 130 words.

— BOSTON DRUG BUST: Police have seized about $200,000 worth of suspected heroin and cocaine and $60,000 in cash as part of a massive drug sweep in Massachusetts. SENT: 110 words.

— SHOT ANSWERING DOOR: One of three Delaware men charged in the fatal shooting of a Massachusetts teen on the doorstep of his own home has been held without bail. SENT: 130 words.

— ATM THEFTS: A man who pleaded guilty to helping steal several ATMs in the Berkshires has been sentenced to up to four years in prison. SENT: 130 WORDS.



The surging Boston Red Sox face the Toronto Blue Jays. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos. Game starts at 7:10 p.m.


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