AP-MA--Massachusetts News Digest 1:30 pm, MA
Good afternoon. Here’s a look at how AP’s general news coverage is shaping up in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
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TODAY’S TOP STORIES:
SUPERSTORM SANDY-FISH PASSAGES
Billions of dollars have been spent on the recovery from Superstorm Sandy to help people get their lives back together, but a little-noticed portion of that effort is quietly helping another population along the shoreline: fish that need to migrate from coastal rivers out to the sea and back. The so-called “aquatic connectivity” projects in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New Jersey, Maryland and Virginia were part of a $105 million effort not only to fix what was damaged by Sandy, but also to improve environmental conditions in places where recreational benefits could help tourism and the economy, as well. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— GAS EXPLOSIONS: U.S. Senate committee is holding a hearing in Massachusetts to review the response to the natural gas pipeline explosions in the Merrimack Valley. SENT.
— DEMOCRATS-KENNEDY: With Democrats back in control of the U.S. House of Representatives, business leaders will be hearing from a member of the Massachusetts delegation about priorities for the next two-year session of Congress. SENT.
— SEX OFFENDER-PROTESTS: Friends and family of a man who spent decades in prison for sexually assaulting children held a vigil outside his Rhode Island home calling for peace, but were quickly met by noisy counter-protesters. SENT.
— CHILD RAPE TRIAL: A Massachusetts man charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl he met on a chat website is scheduled to go in trial in January. SENT.
— SHRIMP SHUTDOWN: The shutdown of the New England shrimp industry will extend to a limited, research-based fishery that has helped provide a small amount of shrimp to the public in the past. SENT.
— BRIDGE REPAIRS: Rhode Island transportation officials say they’re beginning repair work on a large highway bridge. SENT.
— HOSPITAL-OFFICER ASSAULT: A Rhode Island man is facing charges for allegedly assaulting a police officer and waving a knife at security officers at a hospital. SENT.
— STATEHOUSE HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Student musicians from across the state will be featured in a series of concerts at the Statehouse to celebrate the holiday season. SENT.
Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (7-3) come off their bye-week break looking to avoid their second two-game losing streak of the season. They’ll go up against Josh McCown and the New York Jets (3-7), who have lost four straight. The 41-year-old Brady and 39-year-old McCown will make for the second-oldest QB combo in NFL history. By Pro Football Writer Dennis Waszak Jr. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos. Game starts 1 p.m.
UMass-Lowell at Duquesne, 1 p.m.
Pine Manor at CCSU, 4 p.m.
Bryant at Brown, 6 p.m.
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