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A Democratic gubernatorial candidate in Rhode Island has issued a cease and desist letter to the incumbent about an advertisement he says is defamatory. An attorney for Matt Brown's campaign issued the letter Tuesday to Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo's campaign. The letter demands the Raimondo campaign issue a retraction and stop making "false and defamatory statements." SENT: 130 words. UPCOMING: 300 words by 3 p.m.


Voters in Massachusetts were choosing between incumbents and fresh faces in Tuesday's primary, where several members of the state's all-Democratic U.S. House delegation faced spirited challenges. The ballot also featured races for governor and a Republican contest for the U.S. Senate. By Bob Salsberg and Steve LeBlanc. SENT: 650 words, photos, video. UPCOMING: Will be updated after polls close at 8 p.m. with new text, photos.


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— SCHOOL ABSENTEEISM: Rhode Island is the seventh-worst in the nation when it comes to the percentage of students who are considered chronically absent. SENT: 130 words.

— FORMER SENATOR-FRAUD CHARGES: A former Rhode Island state senator who has agreed to plead guilty to bank fraud and tax charges has made his initial court appearance. SENT: 130 words.

— CHURCH LEADER-GENDER TRANSITION: A Rhode Island religious leader who took a monthslong sabbatical while during a gender transition says she feels the happiest and freest she's ever been. The Rev. Donnie Anderson tells WJAR-TV she "never doubted God's love for me." SENT: 130 words.

— LABOR DAY-PATROLS: State police say they made nearly three dozen alcohol-related arrests over the holiday weekend. The Rhode Island DUI Task force says as of Monday afternoon, 34 people had been taken into custody across the state on suspicion of driving under the influence. SENT: 130 words.

— SPEED CAMERAS: Providence is reactivating the controversial speed cameras that ignited a federal lawsuit earlier this year. City officials say the cameras will be reactivated Tuesday, operating on school days between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. near public schools. SENT: 130 words.



Rick Porcello goes for his 16th victory as the Boston Red Sox try for their second straight win over the Braves. Sean Newcomb pitches for Atlanta and has a 12.15 ERA with 29 hits allowed in his last three home starts. By Charles Odum. UPCOMING. 800 words with photos. Game starts at 7:35 p.m.


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