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

January 6, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.

IN BRIEF:

_ PROVIDENCE MAYOR _ Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza is preparing to begin a second term in office.

_ NATIONAL GRID-LOCKOUT _ The six-month-old lockout of hundreds of natural gas workers for National Grid could soon be over.

_ SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS _ Low pay and a strong local economy are creating a shortage of substitute teachers in many Massachusetts school districts.

_ REED-ALZHEIMER’S FUNDING _ U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says that a bill he co-sponsored to combat Alzheimer’s disease and promote brain health has been signed into law.

_ SPRINGFIELD SHOOTING _ A homicide investigation has begun after a man was gunned down in the parking lot of shopping plaza in Springfield.

_ LAWYER-SEX ASSAULT _ A Massachusetts lawyer charged with sexually assaulting three women involved in legal cases will be in court next week for the first of what is expected to be three separate trials.

_ POLICE CRUISERS-CRASHES _ Authorities are investigating separate collisions involving police cruisers in Rhode Island and in Connecticut

SPORTS:

FBN--PLAYOFF LOOKAHEAD

The divisional round of the NFL playoffs will be set after the Chargers play at Baltimore and the Eagles visit the Bears on Sunday. Already having advanced are Dallas and Indianapolis. The winner of the Chargers-Ravens game will play the Patriots in Foxborough next Sunday. By Jay Cohen. UPCOMING: 700 words

COLLEGE BASKETBALL:

BKC--RHODE ISLAND-SAINT LOUIS

BKC--MCGILL UNIVERSITY-HARVARD

BKC--HOLY CROSS-NAVY

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