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

January 26, 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.

Jennifer McDermott is on the desk this afternoon.

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TOP STORIES:

BEACON HILL

BOSTON _ Gov. Charlie Baker’s call to tax manufacturers of opioid medications represents the latest high-profile attempt by state leaders to hold pharmaceutical companies accountable in some part for the ongoing opioid addiction crisis. Included in the Republican’s proposed state budget is a 15 percent excise tax on sales of prescription opioids in Massachusetts. If approved by the Legislature, the tax would generate an estimated $14 million with the proceeds helping to “address the significant and growing state costs associated with opioid misuse,” Baker wrote Wednesday in a letter to lawmakers. By Bob Salsberg. SENT: 675 words.

GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN-NEW ENGLAND

PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ U.S. Coast Guard spouses in southern New England say they’ll continue to spend money cautiously even though the longest government shutdown in U.S. history has ended. President Donald Trump signed a bill Friday to reopen the government for three weeks, backing down from his demand that Congress give him money for his border wall before federal agencies go back to work. By Jennifer McDermott. SENT: 450 words, AP Photos.

IN BRIEF:

_ KENNEDY PHOTOS: BOSTON _ Historic photographs of President John F. Kennedy and the other prominent Kennedys are adorning Boston’s Financial District. The John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate and Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy teamed up to create the display. SENT.

_ DRY TOWN-ALCOHOL SALES: ROCKPORT, Mass. _ A Massachusetts resort town that has been dry for 162 years now allows alcohol sales in stores. The Rockport Board of Selectmen this week voted unanimously to give the coastal community’s only grocery store a license for take-home alcohol sales. SENT.

_ HOMELESS FUNDING: PROVIDENCE, R.I. _ U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says $6 million in federal grants have been awarded to programs to help homeless people in Rhode Island. The Rhode Island Democrat announced the federal Continuum of Care grants Friday and called on the Trump administration to make the money available quickly. SENT.

_ NEWTOWN-KIDS TRIATHLON: NEWTOWN, Conn. _ A youth triathlon program founded by the family of a child killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting is expanding with the help of a national organization. The Race4Chase training program is a free camp designed to promote healthy lifestyles by teaching kids how to swim, ride a bike and run. SENT.

SPORTS:

WARRIORS-CELTICS

BOSTON _ The Golden State Warriors bring a nine-game winning streak to Boston to play the Celtics, who have won five in a row. By Jimmy Golen. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos.

BOSTON COLLEGE-WAKE FOREST

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. _ Boston College visits Wake Forest in an ACC matchup. By John Brasier. UPCOMING: 500 words from 4 p.m. start.

BKC--Boston University-Lehigh

Boston University plays Lehigh at Stabler Arena. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

BKC--Navy-Holy Cross

Navy plays Holy Cross at Hart Recreation Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

BKC--Fairleigh Dickinson-Bryant University

Fairleigh Dickinson plays Bryant University at Chace Athletic Center. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

BKC--Dartmouth-Harvard

Dartmouth plays Harvard at Lavietes Pavilion. UPCOMING: 150 words, more on merits.

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