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

December 2, 2018

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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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

TODAY’S TOP STORIES:

SHUTTING UP LEGISLATORS

The outgoing Republican speaker of the Minnesota House had the power to silence debate with the push of a button. His Democratic successor says one of the first things she’ll do when she takes over is remove the master mute button. The GOP leadership quietly had the button installed on the back of the rostrum after the 2015 session came to a particularly raucous end. Labeled “chamber mute,” it silences the microphones at all of the other lawmakers’ desks simultaneously. Democrats became aware of it when Speaker Kurt Daudt pushed it during an acrimonious debate in 2016. They’ve been stewing ever since. Daudt isn’t the only presiding lawmaker in the U.S. to kill a microphone to silence opposition. In Rhode Island, Rep. Patricia Morgan recalled at least three times when her microphone was shut off in recent years. She was one of the few Republicans in the state’s Democratic-controlled Legislature. SENT: 700 words, photos.

IN BRIEF:

— POLICE CHASE-CRASH — Police say a Massachusetts man led police on a chase that ended when he crashed near the border of Rhode Island and was seriously injured.

— BUS CRASH-MASSACHUSETTS — Authorities say a school bus carrying adults and children went off the road and crashed into the woods in Massachusetts, sending several people to the hospital with injuries.

— CHRISTMAS PARADE CANCELED — Rain is putting a damper on Christmas cheer in Massachusetts.

— SNOW DISPOSAL — With winter approaching, Rhode Island environmental officials say now is the time to find snow collection sites.

— BURNING BODY — A Massachusetts man suspected of killing another man and then participating in a conspiracy to cover up the shooting and burn the victim’s body is heading to court.

— SNOWY CITY - PROPOSALS — Boston is trying to make the city a little less foreboding during the dark, frigid months of winter.

SPORTS:

ANTI SEMITISIM-JEWISH ATHLETES

Memphis Grizzlies forward Omri Casspi, who was born in Israel, was early in his NBA career when he saw a picture of himself defaced with a swastika. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Josh Rosen grew up with kids who made fun of the size of his nose. New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman has heard anti-Semitic taunts during games, but he had been willing to write them off as opposing fans “just trying to get underneath your skin.” By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 1,000 words, photos.

FBN-VIKINGS-PATRIOTS

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The Patriots (8-3) are 64-13 under Bill Belichick in December. They look to continue that dominance during the final month of the season beginning with a matchup with the Vikings (6-4-1). Minnesota has won two out of its last three and are the first of just two playoff-positioned teams remaining on New England’s schedule. By Kyle Hightower. UPCOMING: 750 words, photos.

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