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

December 30, 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A reminder that this information is not for publication or broadcast, and these coverage plans are subject to change.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.



At Granny Shaffer’s restaurant in Joplin, Missouri, owner Mike Wiggins is reprinting the menus to reflect the 5, 10 or 20 cents added to each item. A two-egg breakfast will cost an extra dime, at $7.39. The price of a three-piece fried chicken dinner will go up 20 cents, to $8.78. The reason: Missouri’s minimum wage is rising. New minimum wage requirements will take effect in 20 states and nearly two dozen cities around the start of the new year, affecting millions of workers. The state wage hikes range from an extra nickel per hour in Alaska to a $1-an-hour bump in Maine, Massachusetts and for California employers with more than 25 workers. By David Lieb. With AP Photos and NEW LAWS-MINIMUM WAGE-GLANCE.


_ FIRST DAY HIKES-MASSACHUSETTS _ Outdoor enthusiasts across Massachusetts are being invited to participate in a First Day Hike, the New Year’s Day tradition that started in the Bay State in 1992 and has since spread to all 50 states.

_ POLICE CUSTODY DEATH _ The family of a Massachusetts man who stabbed a woman repeatedly before he died in police custody says they tried to get him help for mental health issues.

_ BOSTON DISTRICT ATTORNEY - The new top prosecutor for Boston and nearby communities is ready take over.

_ PEDESTRIAN STRUCK _ Police say a 24-year-old man was struck and killed by a car in Raynham.

_ HEALTH INSURANCE - DEADLINE _ More people are signing up for insurance through the Massachusetts Health Connector.

_ WOMAN FATALLY STRUCK _ A person struck and killed while trying to cross a busy road in East Providence has been identified as an 88-year-old woman originally from Brazil.

_ HOLIDAY TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT _ Rhode Island State Police say they are targeting dangerous drivers through New Year’s Day.



New York Jets plays New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium


ATHENS, Ga. _ Georgia wraps up its non-conference schedule when it hosts UMass at Stegeman Coliseum. By Blake Giles. UPCOMING: 600 word. Game starts at 6 p.m. EST.


Holy Cross plays Iona at Hynes Athletic Center.


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